It’s not the first time the developer of Notepad++ (which I use as a secondary editor behind vim) released a politically-charged version of the software… I remember getting a chuckle out of the “yellow jacket edition”, which referenced a series of French protests against the current French government.
I don’t remember any of the previous versions making the news, however, or attracting this kind of attention:
While the protest may have been innocuous enough, it hasn’t played out that way online. Since the announcement, the software’s GitHub “issues” page has been bombarded with spam, much of it in the Chinese language.
This made me also notice that the Notepad++ website has changed looks last month for the first time in 8 years. Looking good. Good luck to the developer.