12.09.22

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Lack of Principles and a Lack of Honesty at Sirius ‘Open Source’ (Which Was Gradually Moving Away From Open Source)

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software at 8:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Published yesterday: The Rule of Law or the Rule of Lie
Published yesterday: The Rule of Law or the Rule of Lie

Many countries throughout the world strive to uphold the rule of law–where no one is above the law; where everyone is treated equally under the law; where everyone is held accountable to the same laws; where there are clear and fair processes for enforcing laws; where there is an independent judiciary; and where human rights are guaranteed for all.

Summary: Sirius ‘Open Source’ is still the official name of the company, but the company isn’t really ‘Open Source’ anymore; it’s not a viable company either, it’s run by only a handful of people

THE previous part of the report was entitled “Rules for Thee and Not for Me”, hence the above article. Deception and misapplied rules (or selectively enforced rules) became all too common at Sirius ‘Open Source’, a company we left exactly one week ago. It was too much to bear and criticism had become impermissible. Colleagues were compelled to lie to clients, which had become less and less ethical. Sirius itself was rapidly moving away from “Open Source” (the words in its own name!) or abandoning Free software; there was no room for debate or discussion about that.

Below is the relevant part of the report we left last week (internally, just before leaving).


Openwashing Ltd.

It may seem absurd that a CEO of “Sirius Open Source” uses only Non-Open Source software, also known as proprietary software, i.e. in practice he rejects Open Source (championing macOS, Chrome and not Chromium, lots of “cloud” things that are proprietary and exceedingly privacy-infringing), but this is what we have come to expect in a company building a facade based on past branding/reputation rather than the present. This point was covered earlier.

As an aside, lately the company posted links to anti-FSF defamation tabloids via the company’s Twitter account (Roy and Rianne did not comment but only took note), even though 1.5 decades earlier the company had financially supported the FSF. What happens when a company does not understand what it sells it may end up advocating Windows/WSL (helping Microsoft’s attack on GNU/Linux) or even using Windows with some ‘Linux’ thing in VirtualBox instead of the real thing? Welcome to Openwashing Ltd. formerly known as Sirius Open Source. There might even be some Open Source people inside the company. Might. Maybe…

Sirius Open Source swag“Sirius Open Source” should be about more than the branding. People who actually use Free/Open Source software know that it is doable and know how to implement as well as recommend it (like the founder did; he gave many talks on the matter). Contrariwise, people who don’t use Free/Open Source software simply insist it’s not doable and sometimes say things like “this is just how the world works”. This kind of defeatism paralyses a company that built its whole image around “Open Source” (even paying to advertise itself accordingly), which needs to be championed for ‘Team Sirius’ to distinguish themselves (there’s plenty of competition; niches or sub-segments are simpler to complete for). Sirius as a company must not resort to false marketing, using the brand “Open Source” while in fact openwashing, neither caring about freedom nor using an OS (operating system) that adheres to freedom or autonomy and sometimes sends a lot of sensitive data to firms in foreign states. That includes some of the core clients’ data.

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