Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) and KU Leuven Boosting Americans and Cancellers of the Father of Free Software

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux, GPL at 6:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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PR Stunt Doctorate for the Wrong Person
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Summary: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its founder, Richard M. Stallman (RMS), along with the SFLC one might add, have been under a siege by the trademark-abusing FSFE and SFC; Belgium helps legitimise the ‘fakes’

A few years ago we joked about FOSDEM USA/America, seeing that sponsors, panels, and keynotes were usually American rather than European. FOSDEM also took money from Microsoft.

“FOSDEM also took money from Microsoft.”We previously wrote about how the SFC was censoring critics of American companies. Even in FOSDEM (Europe). SFC seems to be weaponising some online mobs, as we already explained in “Free as in Finance/Money: Salary of SFC’s Chief Rose to $216,000 Per Year ($18,000 Per Month), or More Than Twice the FSF’s Chief” and commentary about the more recent IRS filings (finances) of SFC. It seems profitable to do the posturing and then cancel the original thing (which you try to mimic and then replace). Yes, the FSF and RMS are the “Real Deal”. SFC is basically like the GNU hoarder, exploiting the project’s good name and reputation like Linux Foundation exploits the “Linux” brand.

“It seems profitable to do the posturing and then cancel the original thing (which you try to mimic and then replace).”RMS has got honorary degrees, but he actually pioneered many things and helped inspire others, for no financial (monetary) gain, unlike Karen Sandler. It’s therefore a bit sad to see this self-praising press release, stating: “Sandler was nominated by the student body in recognition of her outstanding work at Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), her many years of FOSS leadership, and her advocacy and pursuit of software freedom and rights for all.”

So that’s what it takes now? Being nominated? People in the student body nominating you to be called “doctor”? I say a lot more in the above video, but the accomplishments of Sandler are too few; she’s in it for the money.


Companies Would Collapse Upon Abandoning Their Original Goals (That Attracted All the Productive Staff)

Posted in Bill Gates, Free/Libre Software, FSF, FUD at 12:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Sirius Abandoned Everything
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Summary: Staff with technical skills won’t stick around in companies that reject technical arguments and moreover move to proprietary software in a company that brands itself “Open Source”

DESPITE losing my best friend this week I am trying to keep active and to keep this series going. My friend helped inspire my activism and many other things. The video above explains some of the things that happened at work, based on practical examples (demonstrating that ISO certification changed nothing for the better). More people need to find the courage to confront their bosses and demand justice. Don’t just “play it safe”, try to actually fix things, from within if possible (taking this public is the very last resort).

The video above contains some of the backdrop to the collapse of Sirius ‘Open Source’. It comments on this post. The Gates Foundation was never mentioned in writing at Sirius, only once and strictly verbally in 2019. An NDA signed by Sirius Open Source (yes, that’s an actual sellout considering what the CEO used to believe in*) changed things for the worse and resulted in the CEO being ‘in exile’. We’re talking about a fervent Microsoft critic, who moved the company to Washington for the “first US client” (yes, Gates) and weeks after it all happened not only myself but also my wife got falsely accused. We were acquitted only after months of humiliation. Nobody ever apologised for this.

“More recently after I told a friend that Bill Gates, not Microsoft, was paying Sirius Open Source Inc. (with the actual timing being interesting; coincidence being improbable) a manager intentionally twisted/distorted what I said.”Back then, as well as in 2017, I wanted to publish “Microsofters Contact My Employer to Get Both My Wife and I Sacked” (yes, it happened prior to 2019 as well). It’s truly quite maddening what Microsoft and its goons would do to silence me; they even pick on loved ones. This became a potential future topic way back in 2016.

More recently after I told a friend that Bill Gates, not Microsoft, was paying Sirius Open Source Inc. (with the actual timing being interesting; coincidence being improbable) a manager intentionally twisted/distorted what I said. What I said was factual, what they said I had said was not. Gates never needed British company to handle something thousands or American firms can easily handle (let alone ask this company to establish itself in another country, which is possibly what happened though the NDA hides it).
* Here’s one old talk that covered “FUD (‘Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt’) as the nonsense that it is [...]”


New FSF Video: IDAD 2022 Interview with Muhammad about Freedom to Share

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, Videos at 9:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • IDAD 2022: Celebrating the freedom to share with a new advocacy video

    For IDAD 2022, FSF staff took to the streets to ask passersby what they think about digital sharing. Read our wrapup and watch the first in a series of videos we are releasing in the coming days.

    In our sixteenth annual International Day Against DRM (IDAD), we stood up for the freedom to share cultural works, continuing our fight against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM). Each year, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) rallies anti-DRM advocates from all over the world for a day of action against digital restriction. This year was no exception, building on the recent efforts we’ve made in our year-end fundraiser to draw attention to something vitally important for the free software movement and cultural endeavors alike: the freedom to share.

    In addition to our call to use DRM-free media as a springboard for starting a conversation about DRM with a friend or loved ones, we took to the streets of Boston to interview passersby on how they felt about digital sharing. At first, it seemed like a strange request to our interviewees, but its supposed “strangeness” highlights the success corporations like Disney and Netflix have had on the public consciousness. Just what does make a digital file so different that we’re barred from sharing it with a friend in person, or passing it down the family line like our favorite books? The results that we received were interesting to say the least, and we’ll have more to say about them in the future.


Alexandre Oliva’s Book Recommendations

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 8:50 am by Guest Editorial Team

Original here

Summary: Alexandre Oliva, the right-hand man of Dr. Richard Stallman, is reading Dr. Andy Farnell and Dr. Glyn Moody; we’ll soon have a mini-series here from Farnell, but here’s what Oliva thinks of his thesis (which he first found out about in Techrights)

I seldom blog about books I read, but this month I was lucky to pick up two absolutely awesome books I'd like to tell you about.

Andy Farnell published Digital Vegan1 last year, I had read a number of the chapters at TechRights, and I've long been looking forward to reading the whole thing. I had very high expectations, and I was not disappointed.

I've long been a supporter of the vegan ethical movement, though I've so far failed to adopt most of its practices, due to will power budget limitations. Part of the reasoning behind that is that I spend a lot of my will power in the struggle for software freedom, for autonomy in using computers, in resisting abuses of tech power and attempts to subjugate us through software. I found digital veganism to be a clever and fitting analogy to refer to these efforts. Thanks, Andy!

The book was a pleasure to read. Besides raising tons of essential issues that threaten our autonomy in an increasingly digital life, and actions we can take to preserve them, he argues the points in insightful and persuasive ways, denouncing time and again that the tyrant has no clothes.

The other book was Glyn Moody's Walled Culture2. He makes a very compelling case of how incredibly harmful copyright has become, and how artists and society at large would benefit from other disintermediated (unwalled?) approaches to funding art, with several hundred references to back it up.

Though the book is available for sale, it's under CC0 (public domain, or close enough where copyrights cannot be given up), and available for gratis download in various ebook formats. It's a great contribution to free culture. Thanks, Glyn!

So blong,

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1 “Walled Culture: How Big Content Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Keep Creators Poor.” Glyn Moody. (2022) BTF Press. ISBN 9789464594959
2 “Digital Vegan” Andy Farnell. (2021) Applied Scientific Press, London, England. ISBN 9780956088611


Former Executive Director John Sullivan Has Left the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 10:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

2021 (after he had been pressured by an online mob, became “outgoing” but remained ad interim for a graceful transition and advising the successor):

FSF executive director John Sullivan in 2021

Months ago:

FSF executive director John Sullivan and Kooyman in 2022


Kooyman at FSF

Hours ago:

December's FSF opening

Summary: Former FSF executive director John Sullivan, who served in this role for many years, has left completely, based on the “staff” page, the Internet Archive (Wayback Machine), and a new job opening


Richard Stallman on Self-Driving Cars and Microsoft’s Universal Back Door

Posted in Asia, Free/Libre Software, FSF, Videos at 9:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Indian television covered Richard Stallman’s talks some years ago; later today he’ll be lecturing in India [1, 2], so let’s take a look back at issues which are more recent

Dr. Richard Stallman Giving Talks in India

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 8:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“The Free Software Movement and GNU” due tomorrow in person

 The Free Software Movement and GNU

Summary: The founder of the GNU/Linux operating system, Dr. Richard Stallman (RMS), speaks in India in about 20 hours

Some days ago we mentioned an upcoming talk in IIT Hyderabad. There’s more information online now:

Title: The Free Software Movement and GNU

The Free Software Movement campaigns for computer users’ freedom to cooperate and control their own computing. The Free Software Movement developed the GNU operating system, typically used together with the kernel Linux, specifically to make these freedoms possible. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes. The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today.

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system (see www.gnu.org) in 1984. Stallman has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award and the ACM Software and Systems Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award, and the the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as many doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

EML – VLS Joint Lecture of Dr Richard Stallman is made possible with the support of IIT Extra Mural Lectures, Suzuki Innovation Centre, Department of Computer Science and Department of Design.

25th October 2022
5:30pm onwards
Venue: Auditorium, IIT Hyderabad

There’s no mention of a live stream and the talk is not listed in Richard Stallman’s personal site, but this takes place less than a day from now (about 20 hours). Dr. Stallman turns 70 on March 16th next year and then GNU turns 40 (later in the same year).

As a side note, a few days ago the page with videos about GNU (mostly Dr. Stallman’s speeches) started redirecting to an overhauled version. One of the videos there was encoded by us.


Free Software Foundation Ought to Become More Active and Visible

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 1:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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FSF Too Idle in 2022
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Summary: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has had a very quiet year; there’s not much output and the founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, is barely visible (very few talks so far this year)

THE Free Software Foundation (FSF) has been around for 37 years and the GNU Project has been around for over 39 years (it turns 40 next autumn). In terms of software development, 40 years is a massive amount of time! The resiliency of the FSF (and GNU) is undeniable. 24 years ago OSI was trying to sort of replace both of them, but it failed (Microsoft has captured the OSI). SFC is like a second go at it and the Linux Foundation keeps lying about its age (which is 15). Its revenue collapsed in recent years. Its reputation is severely tarnished (among the community, not the corporations trying to attack the community by misusing the brand “Linux”).

“The FSF needs to be more proactive and as revolutionary as before. Trying to appease its critics is a losing strategy.”But going back to the FSF, it has not been functioning too well in recent years, partly due to attacks on it. The siege against the FSF isn’t even over yet. This past year the FSF has been low-profile and relatively quiet. As one supporter put it yesterday, “the fsf completely fails in its mission against the vector of lobbyists. [...] pretending the license is sufficient [] I think centralization of code repositories hurt the resilience of the movement…”

There’s actually a lot more to it. The FSF needs to be more proactive and as revolutionary as before. Trying to appease its critics is a losing strategy.

The video above discusses these points and more.

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