04.07.19

The Linux Foundation is Selling Tweets, Access, ‘Thank Yous’ and SPAM Services

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Marketing at 4:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Imagine that they have the audacity to register as a non-profit/foundation


Here is the collection of these screenshots magnified (can alternatively zoom in over the above image, using the Web browser; this is the whole brochure)

Summary: Zemlin’s PAC has become a PR agency or worse — a lobbying apparatus that monetises the corporate takeover of Free/Open Source software (a quarter million dollars for a few paid “tweets”, speaking slots, “diversity” lip service and much more)

THE FREE software community is under attack. It’s a conquest, an invasion. Few people who enrich themselves are taking into private hands projects that are otherwise the Commons and they pretend it’s all just “love” (as in “Microsoft loves Linux”), “sharing” (to themselves), and “diversity”. Microsoft is already writing blog posts on behalf of the OSI, only a year or so after Microsoft gave a lot of money to the OSI. What next?

“Several years ago when their staff contacted me (using Microsoft products, obviously) it was made rather apparent that PR people got contracted, including bulk mailers. Is this what the Linux Foundation boils down to? Maybe.”In this series we rely on disgruntled insiders who are aware of what’s wrong and understand the immorality. In the above image we tried to keep it concise as there’s lots more (not even in the finer prints but in standard fonts, in plain sight). Notice the use of the term pertaining to E-mail; it says “blasts” (the term “blast” is used dozens of times for a lot of events and “products”; what are you, a Linux front group or a marketing SPAM operation?).

Several years ago when their staff contacted me (using Microsoft products, obviously) it was made rather apparent that PR people got contracted, including bulk mailers. Is this what the Linux Foundation boils down to? Maybe.

Here is what we recently wrote about the subject.

This early Sunday post is actually more like an interlude. We’re saving the best for later. We’re still patiently checking the pertinent facts. Our sources have named some of the culprits and we need to check with them in order to avoid making false accusations (about them specifically). To avert accusations of “inaccuracy” and in the interests of right to respond, we wished to find out who was paid to tweet what (no disclosures) at the Linux Foundation with its wingmen and flunkies (the Linux Foundation is contracting from the outside). If we hear something back (or won’t, even after a long wait), we will post the next part. “No comment” means no comment, but readers can reach their own conclusions about refusal to comment or defend oneself.

“I want to write an article called “Putting the CON in Conference!”,” one reader told us last month. If we get all the facts verified, we might publish something as soon as this evening or tomorrow.

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