03.05.20

Chief Marketing Officer of Linux Foundation Left Earlier This Year to Become Chief Communications Officer for Proprietary Software Vanguard That Exposes Kids’ Data to Crackers

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel at 5:08 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“I wrote off the Linux Foundation ages ago. They’re corporate tools and incompetent. Corporate members are fine, FOSS is for everyone. But [the] LF does not believe this & elected to become a corporate shill. They earned my undying contempt for firing all the editors & writers at http://Linux.com without warning or word of thanks & replaced them with shills.” [1, 2] –Carla Schroder, former Linux.com journalist. Lots more of interest in this thread which is hours old, including with stronger language.

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Summary: The body that employs Linus Torvalds continues to show that the spirit of Linux, the most famous Free software project, isn’t at all compatible with it

TODAY we revisit the Linux Foundation (LF), whose own staff seems dissatisfied at times (why do readers think we get all those ‘scoops’ and exclusive stories?).

Those who aren’t of the mindset of the infiltrated board will, sooner or later, decide to leave or be ejected.

Following yesterday’s articles about the LF [1, 2] we decided to research further, only to discover that the CMO of the LF quietly left earlier this year. No replacements have been made since.

“Those who aren’t of the mindset of the infiltrated board will, sooner or later, decide to leave or be ejected.”Don’t worry about the departing CMO…

Back to a career in the private sector, where the last job she had was apparently Executive Vice President of Edelman, known for its controversial if not illegal Microsoft AstroTurfing, which included bribing bloggers (to name just one example; we covered some more examples over a decade back). The company itself has its share of scandals with security and privacy (this one as recent as months ago), so the timing if not need for a politically well-connected new spokesperson seems right. There may be a lot of communication to do, trying hard to compete against Free software.

“We’re not aware of the circumstances (or cause) of departure, but we welcome informed sources eager to tell us.”The LF’s CMO was, by the CMO’s own admission, not technical. How can one promote technical projects without basic technical grasp? Like the rest of the chiefs there, using GNU/Linux on the laptop (or desktop) would hardly be expected. They’re only Linux by name, by their own admission. Lots of Microsoft in the management (more over time!)….

The way things stand at the moment, the LF’s public face (in some sense) decided to stay there for not even 2 years. We’re not aware of the circumstances (or cause) of departure, but we welcome informed sources eager to tell us. Surely some readers know the backstory (or stories) and can discreetly whisper to us.

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