04.01.21

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RMS Petition at 5,000+ and Techrights at 30,000+ Posts

Posted in Site News at 7:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A gang of corporate operatives and their shells (sponsored by affluent corporations to attack what they’re supposedly standing for) have found out the hard way that their slanderous campaign of hate and libel backfired spectacularly (don’t expect their own sponsorship to last much longer, lack of credibility aside); at the end they merely boosted the popularity of those whom they attempted to discredit and in the process they gave the FSF lots of free publicity (any kind of publicity has an upside)

THE GNOME Foundation and OSI have shot themselves in the foot. By destroying their credibility — in effect bullying the very people they’re lying about and then harassing those who respond to that bullying — they’ve rendered themselves unpopular and obsolete. Their corporate backers (IBM, Microsoft, Google and few others) will likely walk away and stop the moneyflow once those failing institutions are of no use to them anymore.

“When you start such a campaign of vicious intolerance and hate, based on defamation and falsehoods, it’ll only make your target more popular, more vindicated than ever before.”Perhaps failing to understand how forks work, the corporate operatives from the GNOME Foundation actually helped set up a petition in support of the FSF and as shown on the right, it'll soon double the original in terms of signatures.

RMS at 5000The video above actually discusses our 30,000 posts milestone and then recalls all the attempts to ‘cancel’ us (since around 2007, i.e. one year after we started). We discuss this prank petition from the GNOME Foundation and OSI (merely front groups of proprietary software companies; those groups weren’t always like that!) and I mention some hilarious responses I’ve seen in social control media, in effect frantically trying to prevent people from finding facts (refuting media owned and sponsored by those very same proprietary software companies).

Things are becoming calm again at the FSF and we’ve regained focus on the issues we typically cover. This botched witch-hunt has many lessons to teach everybody. When you start such a campaign of vicious intolerance and hate, based on defamation and falsehoods, it’ll only make your target more popular, more vindicated than ever before. Many people who never heard of the FSF and don’t know what RMS stands for finally know about both. They might even go directly to their sites and find out what’s true.

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