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LinuxFoundationX (edX) LFS101x “Introduction to Linux” is More Linux Foundation Marketing and ‘Linux’ Revisionism Than Actual Training/Teaching

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 1:54 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Forget GNU ever existed… because patently dishonest people work to reinforce the falsehoods or the false history/role of Linux

edX marketing: Is this course about Linux? Or about about Linux Foundation?

Summary: The Linux Foundation makes a course about “Linux” partly about itself (the Linux Foundation, with top members like Microsoft and Oracle) and distorts the record with terms like “Open Source” and the pretense everything is “Linux” (even work that predates Linux itself)

AS noted the other day (in passing), I recently went through the whole of LFS101x (maybe 400 pages in total) to assess what they’re teaching. Many people are enrolling to this, basically to be lectured by the Linux Foundation (via edX) about this thing called “Linux”. What are they taught? What are they told? Are they being educated or programmed (part of the course actually teaches programming, not Linux, especially the late sections that deal with Bash).

“In future parts we may take a closer look at the distortion of history and gross mis-attribution.”The beginning of the course is the most blatant example of shameless self-promotion disguised as “course” or “studying”. What are people being told? Let’s take a few examples, other than the one above (it’s an actual section of a course on “Linux”!), and humbly examine the accuracy.

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Seeing the pattern? Teaching people to revere the Linux Foundation, which can easily be conflated with Linux itself (although the Linux Foundation pays less than 1% of the developers of Linux and doesn’t even have the Linux trademark, still assigned to Linus Torvalds). In future parts we may take a closer look at the distortion of history and gross mis-attribution. Linux Foundation is just a $100,000,000 gorilla (hence the clip below) that milks the word “Linux” to raise money and pay outrageous salaries to non-geeks who don’t even use “Linux” (they don’t understand it, either).

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