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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: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @07:57AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @07:57AM (#1130246)

    I am no friend of yours, because you do not understand. U are an aspie, most likely.

    Humanity in its current form is a thin slice in time of the wast oceans of time that we have existed.
    Some things that were needed once, do not fit anymore.

    Then, the phrase "give me freedom or give me death" is a giveaway of who you are.
    U want something u cant fight for, and do not understand that freedom only exists in contexts, not on its own.
    U want freedom, but despise the forces who can grant you the laws that create the space in witch u have the freedom.

    Personally, i would say "if u cant pull the trigger, at least give the orders".

    also, get of my lawn, human.

    -ur friendly friend, zug

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:45AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:45AM (#1130254)

    The parasites for whom you advocate were never needed nor will they ever be. They create nothing, but exist only to destroy. Never giving, only taking. They may promise freedom to their followers but in truth would enslave us all, for they are without conscience or compassion, ruled only by their greed. And ultimately it is greed that is the root cause of all of humanity's problems.

    You claim to be friendly, but are no friend. Get off my planet.

    • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:01AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:01AM (#1130261)

      history begs to disagree...
      civilizations bloomed most under the great empires, and the safety and prosperity they gave.

      of course, when they finally crumbled, you could call them fascists.

      as example, US is not great cuz its humble.

      i dont get why all my comments are modded troll, i only speak the truth. ( - ahahahaha topkek)