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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: 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...