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Red Hat Pulls Free Software Foundation Funding Over Richard Stallman’s Return

nickwinlund77 shares a report from The Register: The chorus of disapproval over Richard M Stallman, founder and former president of the Free Software Foundation (FSF), rejoining the organization 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.



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