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02.22.20

Even Worse Than Microsoft Inside the Board of the OSI

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, OSI at 7:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OSI and fake ethics

Summary: The OSI has accepted people from companies that actively attack Software Freedom and there may be more on their way

WHILE it’s true that quietly Microsoft 'left' the OSI's Board (it's still very dominant in many other aspects, including financial, decision-making, hosting etc.) the OSI does not show signs of recuperating. It seems to have fallen into an attractive trap of money and manners. It wants money and it wants to be seen exceedingly polite — to the point of self-harming moves.

“I don’t want to comment on it myself; many people have already done so online.”There’s already much discussion online about this new ‘incident’.

I don’t want to comment on it myself; many people have already done so online. IRC channels, forums and so on…

Here’s what I think would be a noteworthy, generic observation:

Institutions change over time, for better or for worse, sometimes by infiltration (for better or worse).

“Deviation from mission statement assures self-destruction or making oneself obsolete.”But they rarely get any better if or when they change profoundly.

Deviation from mission statement assures self-destruction or making oneself obsolete. See OSDL and remember what happened to it. We covered it before.

A combination of infiltration, ‘cancel culture’ and censorship leads to outsting of people true to the original cause. Then an organisation gets hijacked, mission inverted, and harm is done to the original goal.

As a crucial reminder, earlier this year the founder of OSI resigned in protest against openwashing. He too must have realised that they had become the next Linux Foundation i.e. an institution hostile towards GNU/Linux users and towards their very mission statement.

“There’s no Bruce Perens left to speak for the OSI, just as there’s no Stallman for the FSF or Torvalds for the ‘Linux’ Foundation (it is no coincidence that he has been so quiet ever since he got painted/portrayed as an angry old sexist).”The OSI’s future — if much is left to it — will be determined by those who are still in it without hostile interests (such as Microsoft’s and its proxies’).

There’s no Bruce Perens left to speak for the OSI, just as there’s no Stallman for the FSF or Torvalds for the ‘Linux’ Foundation (it is no coincidence that he has been so quiet ever since he got painted/portrayed as an angry old sexist).

Please note that I make no remarks on the individual above. I think that the comments in the screenshot sum it up politely.

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