10.20.20

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Stick a Fork in the Open Source Initiative (OSI). OSI is Dead. Microsoft Bought OSI.

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, OSI at 12:00 pm by Guest Editorial Team

No wonder the GM (the only salaried employee of the OSI) and both OSI co-founders stepped down this year (one was even banned by the existing leadership)

OSI infiltrated

Summary: OSI leadership proudly showing early signs of ‘prognosis negative’; the OSI can never and will never recover from this; Microsoft killed it

THE OSI is infiltrated and it is infiltrated very rapidly. The company which stands to gain the most from the OSI’s death is leading the charge, obviously while totally distorting the brand. It did this in many institutions before, so this is just the latest.

“This would only be considered “news” or an “emergency” if we hadn’t already pointed it out before.”The writings were really on the wall when the Microsoft-led OpenJS entered OSI (same person who’s now in the management above Linus Torvalds, salaried solely by Microsoft).

“The .NET Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization,” says this new press release from the OSI; it makes it sound like Microsoft is a charity or something…

Not funny.

Maybe they think the same about Bill Gates with his tax evasion apparatus.

This would only be considered “news” or an “emergency” if we hadn’t already pointed it out before. Notice who’s quoted in the press release above (screenshot from RSS feeds). It’s akin to the Linux Foundation boss of Linus Torvalds, who wants to throw Linux into GitHub (proprietary and Microsoft-controlled).

OSI used to help people get away from Microsoft. Now working for .NET. For Microsoft…

Stick a fork in OSI. GitHub and Microsoft are paying them (basically the same company via several vectors) and ClearlyDefined (another arm of Microsoft) now receives a majority of the OSI’s budget, so the money basically flows back to the giver, reinforcing the monopoly. Nice racket you got there… a cost-free entryism campaign (that funds itself, at the expense of other OSI sponsors).

That’s what OSI does these days. It helps proprietary software monopolies. Their president, working for Salesforce, is quoted above as saying: “I’d personally like to enthusiastically welcome the .NET Foundation to the OSI’s community of open source practitioners. Organizations that support developers by fostering growth, learning and shared resources are the future of open source. I think it’s safe to say that we’re looking forward to learning from each other.”

So OSI works for Microsoft now… “enthusiastically”… and the interim new GM, Deb Nicholson, whose accomplishment at the SFC was raising Microsoft money every year to sell them a keynote speech at copyleft conferences (whilst SFC worked hard to oust Richard Stallman), is the person whose name appears as “Author” of the press release.

The term “Open Source” is meaningless garbage now. Don’t use the term. Speak of Free/libre software instead. Otherwise it’s safe that assume we’re talking about openwashing (of proprietary software, i.e. a lie).

The OSI probably died the moment it took Microsoft’s money (bribe). But now we’re seeing all the symptoms of the OSI going down the vortex. When the OSI dies or becomes irrelevant to the point where people laugh at it… Microsoft won’t care. Maybe this is just what Microsoft hoped to accomplish all along. Microsoft doesn’t promote “Open Source” but “Inner Source”, i.e. outsourcing all the code to the proprietary software monopoly of Microsoft (GitHub). It’s always about monopoly and control. They call it ‘ecosystem’…

Want another example of “Inner Source”? Edge. As of minutes ago, Joey Sneddon once again promoted Microsoft’s proprietary software and spyware. Sneddon isn’t a GNU/Linux proponent but opportunist, and he has long been doing this kind of Microsoft promotion, so it’s not out of the ordinary (albeit always disappointing regardless, just like the OSI itself).

Open Source is committing suicide. I quit using the term, earlier this year I quit covering/following news that said “Open Source”, and now we’re seeing the very end of OSI. It won’t last long this way…

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

Microsoft's chief evangelist

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