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04.29.19

After Killing the Independence of Apache Software Foundation (ASF) Microsoft Steals Its Soul, Too

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 1:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Apache has become a prisoner of Microsoft, having technically liaised with Microsoft (and by extension NSA PRISM) for all code hosting and management

WE KNEW it would not end well. Half a decade ago we took note of a Microsoft employee (salaried by Microsoft) taking control of ASF — an eventuality that had worried us since (almost) the dawn of this site in 2006. Among the articles we wrote about it, in chronological order: (oldest first)

  1. Yesterday’s Microsoft Slashvertisement and Apache’s Trip to Redmond
  2. Microsoft Now Tries to Invade Eclipse, Apache (Updated)
  3. Microsoft Pays for a More Microsoft-Obedient Apache
  4. Microsoft Hates Apache, Wanted to Sue It, Now Wants to Ruin It
  5. Glyn Moody, Pam Jones: Apache Sponsorship Likely an Anti-GNU/Linux Move
  6. Embrace, Extend, and Apache
  7. Does Apache Show That Money Talks?
  8. Microsoft Starts the Media Charade Ahead of Apache Conference
  9. Microsoft’s Path of LAMP Destruction: From Novell to Apache (the L to the A)
  10. Haters of Software Freedom Inside Planet Apache

There are 4 new links about the latest development today [1-4], putting aside the old ones above. No doubt there’s a lot more to come. We’re supposed to think it’s all just an act of “love” rather than infiltration or entryism. GitHub has been a perfect facilitator in that regard. Who’s next? Microsoft is at war. It’s turning its competition (to IIS), Apache, into a subservient actor. Where are antitrust authorities? Nowhere to be seen. Keep telling us that “Microsoft loves Linux,” ‘Linux’ Foundation. You’re well paid to spread this lie and keep regulators away.

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