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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday March 28 2021, @05:23AM   Printer-friendly

Red Hat pulls Free Software Foundation funding over Richard Stallman's return:

The chorus of disapproval over Richard M Stallman, founder and former president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), rejoining the organisation has intensified as Linux giant Red Hat confirmed it was pulling funding.

Stallman announced he had returned to the FSF's Board of Directors last weekend – news that has not gone down well with all in the community and Red Hat is the latest to register its dismay.

CTO Chris Wright tweeted overnight: "I am really outraged by FSF's decision to reinstate RMS. At a moment in time where diversity and inclusion awareness is growing, this is a step backwards."

Describing itself as "appalled" at the return of Stallman to the FSF board of directors "considering the circumstances of Richard Stallman's original resignation in 2019," Red Hat said it decided to act.

"We are immediately suspending all Red Hat funding of the FSF and any FSF-hosted events. In addition, many Red Hat contributors have told us they no longer plan to participate in FSF-led or backed events, and we stand behind them," said Red Hat.

[...] Red Hat's step marks an escalation in the war of words over Stallman's return. As both a long-time donor and contributor of code, the IBM-owned company's action might well give the FSF pause for thought in a way that thousands of outraged tweets might not.

FSF president Geoffrey Knauth stated his intention yesterday "to resign as an FSF officer, director, and voting member as soon as there is a clear path for new leadership."

Red Hat statement about Richard Stallman's return to the Free Software Foundation board

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  • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Sunday April 04 2021, @12:37AM

    by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Sunday April 04 2021, @12:37AM (#1133009) Journal

    It's not really possible to tell at this remove. I would not be surprised if he actually did do some or all of what he claims, and he definitely has the "new Russian" attitude I'm familiar with from Brighton Beach back in NYC. You know, that combinaton of stupidity, bullheadedness, and deliberate coarseness in lieu of anything actually deep or enduring?

    Russian has two words for two different concepts I see popping up in this person. "Poshlost," more or less akin to the fake impression of piety, experience, and goodness a corrupt priest or authority figure spreads, and "nekulturny." That last one is literally "no culture/civilization" and could be very well translated as "vulgarian," and notably it's a very good description of someone who acts like Donald Trump, he of the possibly-apocryphal golden toilet. This is someone who would still basically be a nutsack-scratching cavemen with the morals--and interior decorating taste--of a schizophrenic magpie even if he had all the wealth in the world.

    The sad thing is, exactly as you pointed out, all this supposedly high living and amazing peak experience doesn't seem to have done anything for him. And I notice he stopped responding to me right quick once I asked him what made him basically an empty matryoshka doll...

    I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
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