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07.14.19

Allowing Bad Guests to Become the Hosts

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 5:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

Microsoft's chief evangelist

Summary: Why the so-called ‘Linux Foundation’, a nonprofit that acts more like a PAC controlled by proprietary software companies and people who don’t even use Linux, is increasingly becoming a Linux-hostile front group

THE events set up and managed by the Linux Foundation are a big source of income. Not only attendees (or their employer) pay a fortune but also sponsors, who are in effect buying endorsements, “thank you”, “tweets” and even keynote positions. We published hard proof of that earlier this year. It’s all corrupt. The person who oversees these events tried to befriend me online while I was publishing this series, I assume in an effort to gag me with ‘kindness’.

“One might joke that the Linux Foundation and Microsoft now have something in common: the pursuit of total domination.”The way things currently stand, Microsoft has infiltrated just about everything “Open Source” and “Linux”. Using cash (orders of magnitude less than what Microsoft makes from patent blackmail against “Open Source” and “Linux”) they buy their way in. Now there are new rules by which they can exclude or silence Microsoft critics. This is no laughing matter. This is how entryism works and once the “host is infected” (to use terms from biology) it becomes an infection risk. This, to us, renders the Linux Foundation a risk to Linux itself. Some people in our IRC channels have called Zemlin’s PAC the “Linux-destroying Foundation” for quite some time; the people there aren’t even using Linux!

We generally advise people to skip events of the Linux Foundation and instead attend Linux events not controlled (or monopolised) by the Linux Foundation. Earlier this year we published findings on how the Linux Foundation actively worked to undermine Linux events that it did not control. One might joke that the Linux Foundation and Microsoft now have something in common: the pursuit of total domination. Over narratives, events, finances and so on.

“Position responsibilities: demolish competition by knowing everything they do and thwarting their every move in the relevant space.”

Microsoft employment ad for a ‘Developer Evangelist’

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