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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, Interesting) by why_percent on Sunday March 28 2021, @04:01PM (1 child)

    by why_percent (9721) on Sunday March 28 2021, @04:01PM (#1130334)

    The irony is Free Software has thrived for decades with little to no money. You cannot commit economic terrorism against free software.

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  • (Score: 0, Disagree) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @04:32PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @04:32PM (#1130346)

    The irony is Free Software has thrived for decades with little to no money. You cannot commit economic terrorism against free software.

    It’s your definition of “thrived” that’s ironic. The important parts of GPL software are firmly in the control of large companies. And the rest is either abandonware or in the way to becoming abandonware. Because developers can make Moore money developing proprietary software.

    Up until he got old enough to collect social security, Stallman didn’t have the “luxury “ of a home to call his own. Just borrowed couches, borrowed rooms, or squatting in offices after hours.

    It’s no coincidence that he quit the FSF when he was old enough to get his first regular income from Social Security. But his ego couldn’t leave well enough alone. So now he’s torpedoed the freebooters and carpetbaggers of the FSF.

    Economic terrorism? Seriously? Withholding support for useless fucks is hardly economic terrorism. More like justice, long delayed , but not to be denied.