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09.10.19

The Sad Truth That Linux Foundation Staff is Against GPL/Copyleft and Sometimes Against Linux (Unless It’s Run Under Vista 10)

Posted in FSF, GNU/Linux, GPL at 12:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Linux Foundation is no friend of GNU/Linux (not in 2019 anyway)

Summary: The Linux Foundation works for whoever pays the Linux Foundation and sadly that usually means companies that aren’t dedicated to Linux, to Software Freedom or even to simple truths and to the Rule of Law

THE integrity of the community (or what used to be community) is under attack by a corporate bunch and their facilitators/enablers, who are PR people paid to write texts for them. Sometimes they even get paid thousands of dollars for a mere "tweet" (fake endorsement).

Yesterday we noticed a Linux Foundation staffer doing openwashing of Facebook‘s surveillance and spying operations with the word “Democratize” (so as to paint an enemy of democracy as the opposite of what it is). This very much resembles their new press release entitled “Mirantis to Democratize Connectivity with Magma, a Converged Access Gateway Developed by Facebook” (notice the resemblance; it’s unlikely to be a coincidence).

“Sometimes they even get paid thousands of dollars for a mere “tweet” (fake endorsement).”The Web site of this sole editor of Linux.com (who days ago said he had installed Windows) has also just promoted the Microsoft PR campaign “Microsoft Loves Linux” (see image). Seems fitting as we've seen similar lies.

“The two-day conference will have hands-on workshops, hackathons, presentations, and networking events for developers on WSL,” it says. Microsoft loves WSL, i.e. Vista 10. Not Linux. Microsoft would love for “Linux” to only ever run as a ‘client’ under Windows.

“Microsoft loves WSL, i.e. Vista 10. Not Linux. Microsoft would love for “Linux” to only ever run as a ‘client’ under Windows.”We’ve meanwhile learned of a plot against the GPL; or “the fight against GPL in IoT market,” as a source of ours calls it, knowing it as a professional in that area. This is the subject of ongoing research. “There are more than one group of people involved in this discussion across Europe,” our source explains. Linux people are well aware because they see that at work. We know some names (people and projects). “There is an attack against copyleft again,” we’re told, “we have to react by explaining to people why adopting permissive open-source licenses is harmful for small businesses, software artisans and the public sector.

“The Linux Foundation comes out with new projects every few months, but chronologically the last GPL’ed projects seems to be Xen. The LF keeps promoting permissive licenses in their projects under the pressure of big corporations.”

“To us, the LF’s attitude towards the GPL seems similar to GitHub’s, i.e to Microsoft’s, and this is a known problem.”The LF is, moreover, becoming an unofficial spokesperson and advocate for GPL infingers, including serial ones. It lies for them. They pay the LF for it. This is how morally corrupt the LF has become. It is actively removing freedom from Linux, stripping copyleft from Free software little by little…

To us, the LF’s attitude towards the GPL seems similar to GitHub’s, i.e to Microsoft’s, and this is a known problem. In fact, they still use Microsoft as a code hosting platform for all the new projects.

“The GPL is a great licence. But if companies with billions of dollars to spend on lobbying (promoting their interests) are eager to crush it, e.g. by means of bribery and misinformation, will they succeed?”There are additional concerns that the FSF may one day follow suit. “I appreciate you understand my doubts about FSF recent involvement with Microsoft, and the reason why I have to ‘tacitly imply’ such allegations,” the person quoted above insists. “First the ‘code of kindness’ out of the blue, then the copyleftConf co-sponsorship, then the talk at Microsoft. We have seen this happening with LF year after year, and FSF seems to be (allegedly) taking little steps in the same direction although it does not publish partnership programs with Microsoft yet.”

The ‘code of kindness’ was (apparently) imposed on the FSF, however, and we wrote about it before, e.g. in [1, 2]. Based on Richard Stallman, there’s an article on its way (he wishes to clarify and remove the above-mentioned doubts). We wrote about it last week [1, 2, 3, 4].

The GPL is a great licence. But if companies with billions of dollars to spend on lobbying (promoting their interests) are eager to crush it, e.g. by means of bribery and misinformation, will they succeed? To put it another way, is there anything in this world that money cannot buy/corrupt?

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