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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) by khallow on Sunday March 28 2021, @07:00PM (6 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 28 2021, @07:00PM (#1130396) Journal

    i see myself as a manager here: i want my coders to code, not combat sjw people.

    "Combat sjw people"? Sounds like two parties involved in that fight. You probably ought to worry about those too.

    my job is then to prohibit the psychos who blend in and bring other topics to the table, then the core bizniz of the company.

    By "prohibit", you mean fire? It's strange language you use there. I would prohibit the behavior, not the person. My take is that you can prohibit a fair bit of psycho by having and fairly enforcing those rules without requiring much in the way of firing.

    i think we would agree irl, but here u are too focused on being mature, and dont see the big picture. so the problem is, when it is easy to blend in, offtopic ppl show up, and make problems.

    Doesn't sound like there is a big picture here, but that's me. I'll just note that as a manager, it's your job to make offtopic ppl, ontopic ppl. That doesn't always work, but even people with bad social skills can mesh.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:45PM (5 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @08:45PM (#1130429)

    people with bad social skills do not create problems.
    they already have enough of it, and seem to be happy as long as they can do what they like.

    u still seem to missunderstand me.

    -zug

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:03PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:03PM (#1130439) Journal

      u still seem to missunderstand me.

      Sounds like you need to define some terms then.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:31PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @09:31PM (#1130452)

      people with bad social skills do not create problems. they already have enough of it, and seem to be happy as long as they can do what they like.

      Written by someone with bad social skills is my guess.

    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Azuma Hazuki on Monday March 29 2021, @12:59AM (2 children)

      by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Monday March 29 2021, @12:59AM (#1130530) Journal

      It depends on what "bad social skills" mean. I have "bad social skills" in the sense that at work I'm silent, cold, and tend to move a bit too quickly from one task or place to another for anyone to talk to me. Yes, there's definitely some phobia or other at work here. But you know, all it means is I get the entire hospital's deliveries done in an hour, don't gossip, handle returns, and somehow have enough time to have unit dose labels and bags set up for the morning shift despite that not being night shift's job

      But someone else may have "bad social skills" in the sense that they don't bathe, pick fights with co-workers, and take everything anyone says to them as some sort of personal attack. THAT is going to interfere with getting work done.

      So "bad social skills" in and of itself really doesn't give the full picture.

      --
      I am "that girl" your mother warned you about...
      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @11:21PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 30 2021, @11:21PM (#1131416)

        One of the interesting things about humans is that gossip isn’t actually a waste of time - it’s one way people are kept “in the loop” about problems before they get too big, so stuff often gets done before it turns into a disaster.

        • (Score: 2) by Azuma Hazuki on Wednesday March 31 2021, @12:15AM

          by Azuma Hazuki (5086) on Wednesday March 31 2021, @12:15AM (#1131447) Journal

          Yes, which is why I keep all three ears (two natural, one mostly plastic and silicon) out *for* the gossip. I just don't participate. People think I hear less than I actually do, which is amusing sometimes :) Now if only the other hearing aid still worked...

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