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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 khallow on Sunday March 28 2021, @06:28PM (1 child)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 28 2021, @06:28PM (#1130384) Journal

    Those who by their admission cannot should leave the field to those who won’t get fucked up by it. But they won’t. They’re addicted to it - the isolation with other bro culture guys is their safe space, their cult, wher they can pretend that not having a well rounded life is not just normal, but makes them superior.

    Again, I'm just not seeing the problem here. If they leave the field, then what are they going to do? It's bizarre to demand that people leave something they're good at and maybe love, because of some imaginary "addiction". Remember it's not an addiction, if it's a helpful behavior.

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  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:28PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:28PM (#1130483)

    Parent: It's an addiction
    You: It's a helpful behavior
    Short-time-horizon AI: Considering it's my job now, it's a hobby. Go ahead and categorize it however you want.