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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: 4, Insightful) by dwilson on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:35PM (2 children)

    by dwilson (2599) Subscriber Badge on Sunday March 28 2021, @11:35PM (#1130486) Journal

    I took this opportunity to do something I've never done before: Contribute financially to the FSF. I specifically listed "Stallman's Return" as the reason for the donation, too.

    This modern SJW bullshit is in dire need of a wake-up call. In a world gone mad, it stands out as Crazy. The See-Saw has overbalanced; We either reign it in now, or we'll face terrible-yet-unspecified consequences down the road.

    It's not entirely unlike climate change, actually. Except climate change can touch me regardless of what I believe, the twitter mob mostly can't.

    I can't do much about much, but I Can put my money where my mouth is and vote with my wallet. Will the FSF use my money wisely? Probably not. But that's ok.

    Yes, the irony of 'voting with my wallet' to support an organization that campaigns against paid-development software was not lost on me. Though I will say, according to uMatrix their site and payment processing didn't pull in a single off-domain script. That's amazing, and worth supporting all by itself.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:04AM (#1130497)

    I specifically listed "Stallman's Return" as the reason for the donation, too.

    For me it was "RMS' return", "No, you may not thank me publicly with that reason".

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:10AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29 2021, @12:10AM (#1130503)

    Considering that so far nobody has responded to my challenge to name anything of consequence that Stallman or the FSF has done this century, I’m left puzzled by the “unforeseen consequences if they disappear “ bit.

    The busybox case is irrelevant given how cheap ram is for even a router nowadays.