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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 shortscreen on Sunday March 28 2021, @10:53PM (2 children)

    by shortscreen (2252) on Sunday March 28 2021, @10:53PM (#1130478) Journal

    Thanks for responding, I had no idea about that. Rather strange set of incentives where a person can collect it if they live in a mcmansion and drive a Bentley but not if they have a bank account with $2001 in it. Although in the end it's only 800 bucks a month which is like 1/4 the cost of a tent in San Fran.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:56PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:56PM (#1130494)

    A Bentley would count as "personal property".
    "anything else you own that could be converted to cash and used for food or shelter." cannot exceed $2000 to get on disability.

    A guy who can hang around for 50 years at a university without pursuing gainful employment is either happy with being an ascetic, or has a sufficient personal fortune.