04.08.19

Jono Bacon Works for Microsoft

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 1:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

He has not responded to our request for comment, either

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From the sponsor prospectus (below). “Page 14 shows there are 3 tiers to get a tweet by Jono Bacon,” a reader has alerted us.

Jono Bacon for Microsoft
Love for sale. Image from October 27, 2018 of Jono Bacon bragging about Microsoft swag on LinkedIn. See the above (or below). One Tier – 2017: “3 Social Media Sponsor Mentions from Linux Foundation and 1 from Jono Bacon’s (OCC Chair) Twitter account”

Summary: Jono Bacon and the Linux Foundation’s work for Microsoft are a subject scarcely discussed as it’s shrouded in secrecy/mystery; but we continue to dig deeper and unearth the ugly business model at hand

TWO prior posts [1, 2] on this topic are essential reading. They explain the reality of Linux Foundation “events” and what they are well beyond “events”.

“Many people are hanging around the Zemlin PAC like fish that swim near the shark for some food scraps.”Many of our readers do not like and do not trust Jono Bacon. They sometimes ask me why I’m still being nice to him. They challenge me over it and question his motivations. A decade ago Bacon invited me to FLOSS Weekly only to attack me on the show (mostly for my criticism of Microsoft). He defended Mono and Miguel de Icaza, among other Microsoft things/people. He and Microsoft had connected beforehand; they tried to hire him at least once before, so why not just ‘rent’ him instead (helps hide the motivations better)?

His modus operandi became clearer to me in recent years. I saw him promoting Microsoft (not just the above). Prior to that he was preaching to people about “open respect” and “politeness” while rapidly and casually attacking people and defending companies that do criminal things. This is the classic case of shielding oneself behind the cloak of “ethics” while attacking those who are actually ethical, painting them as impolite, “toxic”, “racist”, “sexist” and so on.

Here is the full brochure (there’s lots more there other than the above, which mentions Bacon by name).

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Stay tuned for future parts. Bacon’s role at the Linux Foundation will become a lot clearer. Many people are hanging around the Zemlin PAC like fish that swim near the shark for some food scraps. Bacon isn’t alone in this; in future parts we may name a few more individuals who have compromised principles for a quick buck.

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