09.12.19

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Coverage for Sponsors: What the Linux Foundation Does is Indistinguishable From Marketing Agencies’ Functions

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Marketing at 7:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Lie and spy” – surely the steward of the Linux trademark could do better than that!

Pike place market

Summary: The marketing agency that controls the name “Linux” is hardly showing any interest in technology or in journalism; it’s just buying media coverage for sponsors and this is what it boils down to for the most part (at great expense)

THE Linux Foundation (LF) Inc. — a tax-exempt PR firm that sells media coverage — is ‘on a roll’…

An LF event has just kicked off (big money!), Cloud Foundry Summit. Its ‘media operatives’ are at this event, based on puff pieces and tweets.

“An event has just kicked off (big money!), Cloud Foundry Summit.”A day later, after this press release from LF Swapnil and other media operatives of the Foundation produce puff pieces based on this press release. It’s all bought and paid for.

“If proprietary software companies pay them, they’ll cheers for them.”This thing they call “reactive foundation” is more openwashing of surveillance, so it’s hardly surprising to see Swapnil and other Linux Foundation-connected sites such as DevOps.com participating. A day earlier these LF partners smeared FOSS as usual (this is their business model; they also do it for the LF’s client Snyk) and we’re not even surprised anymore. If proprietary software companies pay them, they’ll cheers for them. But FOSS? No. Nicht. In fact, they actively attack FOSS, as we noted yesterday morning.

As a side note, Linux.com (now edited only by Swapnil) has malware in all of its pages now. Google Analytics (JavaScript spyware, proprietary software) is being run on the client side of all visitors. But again, this is what you expect from a GAFAM-sponsored ‘Linux’ Foundation. In fact, the same is true for Swapnil’s personal site (malware in all of its pages).

“Suffice to say, there are underlying technical and legal reasons to avoid GAFAM. Not just moral arguments.”Go ahead and try to lecture these people on freedom. They treat freedom as a disease or a form of radicalism because it doesn’t pay their bills. They take money from freedom-hostile companies to buy positive media coverage for them. LF just sets up the platforms and “media kits”.

Suffice to say, there are underlying technical and legal reasons to avoid GAFAM. Not just moral arguments.

Corporate media, however, having received funding from proprietary software monopolies (through proxies like LF), tries to distract us from all that. Because a lot of today’s media is corrupt; it’s paid to do this. LF is an intermediately or facilitator.

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