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08.20.19

Why We Support Phoronix (Whereas Some Others Do Not)

Posted in Boycott Novell, Kernel at 8:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Michael LarabelProbably the most important one-man operation other than Jonathan Corbet’s LWN (which is assisted by other writers of Eklektix, Inc.)

Image credit: Intel

Summary: Some people try to characterise Michael Larabel as the ‘bad boy’ of Linux even though Michael is probably the hardest working Linux journalist out there

THE SITE Techrights is almost 13 now. Tux Machines is the same age as Phoronix (about 15 years) and not many GNU/Linux sites have lasted that long. Don’t take them for granted. Much like in the early days of our site (the Boycott Novell days*), demonisation is abundant and prevalent (incitement against or slandering of the messenger/s). We know who’s behind it as sometimes it becomes very visible.

In recent months we responded to so-called ‘journalists’ (of corporate media) who constantly paint Linus Torvalds as a rude ‘bad boy’, a naughty uncontrollable middle-aged man who needs to be tamed if not removed. Techrights too has suffered such treatment over the years. We wrote about the types who do this kind of thing as recently as earlier today. They only seek to destroy things and squash voices. They want to take away voices of people whom they don’t agree with. They don’t want to actually argue, logically; they just pursue muzzling of the other side.

“Phoronix is a good site. Google News started syndicating some months ago.”Michael Larabel is almost being ‘mobbed’ by some news sites. Reddit editors dubbed it “blogspam” and for a long period of time — possibly years — blacklisted the whole domain (banning links to it; I was shocked when I first found that out!). LXer won’t link to it since an old accusation of “sexism” (some post urging people — mostly male — to subscribe, however tactless it may have been at the time).

In our view, treating a site like Phoronix (or a person like Michael) as a ‘nuisance’ is offensive to the very notion of supporting GNU/Linux and journalism around that domain. Some people want that site mentally or technically blacklisted. And for what? It’s ridiculous! That site does good, technical journalism in this day and age when it’s becoming so rare. Pundits and marketing dunces shower us with shallow if not ridiculous articles about “cloud”, “DevOps”, “smart” things and so on. That’s not journalism. These people are laughing stocks to a technical audience. They rarely know what they’re talking about; they mostly repeat mindless buzzwords which they heard other pundits ‘name-drop’ (possibly composed by PR departments of large companies and passed off as ‘prepared’ articles to obedient media).

“Hard-working, around-the-clock writers, coders and profilers (benchmarking) are very rare and if we lost Phoronix it would be a colossal problem not only for Linux.”Phoronix is, in my experience, usually quite credible. I’ve followed the site closely since its beginning and I’ve linked to Phoronix sites perhaps 20,000+ times. I spoke to Michael, who at times gave useful pointers to us (news of interest to us).

Phoronix is a good site. Google News started syndicating it some months ago. If people don’t appreciate it enough, then this one too we might lose. It would be tragic as almost nobody else covers graphics and kernel news at the same level of depth (except perhaps LWN and sometimes — until recently — Linux Journal).

I’ve had some complaints about the occasional sensationalism that gets exploited by truly hostile press (hostile towards Linux) to attack GNU/Linux, as happened earlier this month (half a dozen articles used Phoronix to then attack GNU/Linux as a whole, using shallow headlines and no understanding of the intricacies).

“Support the sites that still support GNU/Linux. Do not take anything for granted.”Hard-working, around-the-clock writers, coders and profilers (benchmarking) are very rare and if we lost Phoronix it would be a colossal problem not only for Linux.

Seeing that they added malicious surveillance to all their pages (Michael told me it’s the publisher’s idea or “came from above”, the “boss”), and bearing in mind they rely on subscriptions — like Liam Dawe relies on funding through Patreon to run Gaming on Linux — it’s almost forgivable and tolerable. It’s still avoidable if one disables JavaScript — truly a plague on today's bloated Web where ‘surveillance capitalism’ emerged as the prime business model.

We still can’t believe we’ve lost some of the most important GNU/Linux sites this year, leaving a news vacuum that’s difficult to fill. Let’s make sure there aren’t more high-profile casualties on the way. Support the sites that still support GNU/Linux. Do not take anything for granted.
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* Only hours ago SUSE was promoting Microsoft, a day after the head of OpenSUSE had stepped down and weeks after the CEO of SUSE was replaced by a proprietary software hack from SAP.

08.15.19

The Myth of ‘Professionalism’

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel at 1:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Professionalism

Summary: Perception of professionalism, a vehicle or a motivation for making Linux more ‘corporate-friendly’ (i.e. owned by corporations), is a growing threat to Software Freedom inside Linux, as well as freedom of speech and many other things

A TIE and suit do not really make people more professional. These are more like costumes, a façade conforming to perceptions rather than substance. Linus Torvalds has said this repeatedly (he works in a bathrobe sometimes) and his language too isn’t more colourful than most people’s. Everyone curses sometimes.

There seems to be a push(back) against senior Linux developers. The Linux Foundation sits idly when these developers take real abuse from a bunch of trolls (defaming them as “rape apologists”). Who do they want in charge of Linux? Greg K-H?

Torvalds isn’t really the issue. The sorts of images taken by his ‘deputy’, for instance, aren’t any more ‘professional’ than Torvalds giving the finger to NVIDIA.

Greg K-H

Greg K-H

And this is how he presents himself in the Planet (even with PNG, transparency layer added):

Greg K-H

Get rid of that stupid notion of ‘professionalism’ and focus on technical merits of the work, instead. Politeness/manners are another thing and as we recently explained, Torvalds usually has defensible reasons to get upset when he does (and when he lashes out). He, unlike his 'boss', actually knows the job he’s doing. It’s his own project. He made it a success.

08.14.19

Wrong Person in Charge of the Linux Foundation (and in Charge of Linus Torvalds)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel at 4:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Is it the Six Million Dollar Man or a geek?

Jim Zemlin in tuxedo
Photo credit: The Linux Foundation

Summary: There are several glaring issues when it comes to the leadership of Linux’s steward; for one thing, it lacks actual background in… Linux

LINUS Torvalds was never a champion of Software Freedom, but at least he came from a technical background, chose the GPL (after he had chosen to share Linux, initially a proprietary project), and he’s more likely to focus on programming while antagonising those looking to destroy it. Torvalds is a geek. That’s one reason he had gained following (prior to Google shutting down his ‘blog’ along with all the rest). His former employer, OSDL, is no longer around; the Linux Foundation, run by increasingly hypocritical management that does not even use GNU/Linux, now poses a growing risk if not threat to Software Freedom. It wasn’t always a rosy relationship (probably never); but from neutrality came hostility in recent years. The Foundation is actively hostile towards copyleft and unbelievably amicable/cordial when it comes to foremost foes of Linux. This and only this — the latter part — is why we began this investigation earlier this year. It may seem counterintuitive that something called “Linux Foundation” is a Linux-hostile foundation, but that certainly is what’s happening, especially if one assumes that Linux is just an abbreviation for “GNU/Linux”.

“In this post we strictly limit ourselves to what’s publicly known; we didn’t seek or even dig anything private.”Techrights is a huge advocate of privacy. At the same time Techrights loves research and making use of publicly-accessible information (sometimes known as open-source intelligence) seems reasonable, or ‘fair play’. In this post we strictly limit ourselves to what’s publicly known; we didn’t seek or even dig anything private. While guarding people’s decency and privacy we also want to show where they come from as that can help explain their actions at present. The Linux Foundation has always been run by the same person (for 12 years now), so it makes sense to learn his professional background. We’ll come to it in a bit. He’s not a John or a Jane but a relatively famous person with great wealth*. It’s not some vulnerable person being ‘harassed’ by those whom he claims, in vain, to be representing.

Zemlin comes from the world of proprietary software (and not a technical role); he’s named in this old article as a manager at Corio, a past employer. “Corio implements and supports PeopleSoft systems for midsize customers,” it said, “charging a flat fee of $100,000 to $150,000 and monthly rent of about $850.”

“Mr. Zemlin advises a variety of startups, including DeviceVM.”
      –Bloomberg
There seems to be some common mistake about his past though; Bloomberg appears to have wrongly interpreted this page (another such page was removed, perhaps upon request) that said: “Lumity used its proprietary risk model to analyze the [Linux] foundation’s health data and unearthed a significant discrepancy between projected health care expenses and the rates the foundation was paying their carrier. In the previous two years, the overall group health profile had dramatically improved. As a result, Lumity was able to negotiate lower premiums and a wider network plan, and cost savings were reduced without sacrificing coverage. Additionally, employees gained Lumity’s data-driven enrollment software to guide their health plan decisions and enroll in health savings accounts (HSAs) using a single login.”

The “case study” makes it seem like Zemlin works for this private company. He’s listed like an author. So Bloomberg wrote: “Mr. Jim Zemlin has been an Executive Director of Lumity, Inc. since November 17, 2016…”

This is actually false. Bloomberg‘s official page for him (prior to removal) said: “Mr. Jim Zemlin has been an Executive Director of Lumity, Inc. since November 17, 2016. Mr. Zemlin serves as an Executive Director of The Linux Foundation. He served as Vice President of Marketing at OS Group, LLC (also known as Covalent Technologies, Inc.). Mr. Zemlin advises a variety of startups, including DeviceVM. His career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, SaaS and open source software.”

“…I kind of started having a midlife crisis. At that time I thought of becoming a chef, a professional rock climber…”
      –Jim Zemlin
But there’s no connection to Lumity; maybe a mistake in some low-skilled curator’s work. That same page says his “Education” is “Bachelor’s Degree, University of Minnesota…”

In Jim’s own words, “my father was a computer programmer at Control Data Corporation, which was headquartered in Minnesota. At that time, Minnesota was the hub of companies like Control Data Corporation, Honeywell, and 3M.”

So that seems plausible that he studied there**. It doesn’t say what he studied though. In LinkedIn he just says he was VP of Marketing, Director of Marketing/Founder, and Brand Manager…

That’s likely based on skills/qualifications he got at college.

It seems to suggest that he never worked in Japan. Jim Zemlin says he speaks Japanese (we know Darl McBride did as a former missionary). This perhaps relates to “Unknown/Other Education” in Bloomberg, which names Sophia University in Japan. It might be a missing link (where he picked that language), but it’s curious that Zemlin completely leaves out his education from LinkedIn. Zemlin said in an interview 2 years ago: “When Covalent Technologies ended up being acquired by VMware, I kind of started having a midlife crisis. At that time I thought of becoming a chef, a professional rock climber…”

“The deeper we look into it, the clearer it seems that Zemlin lacks background in (and dedication for) FOSS.”Instead he does this openwashing of Microsoft; Based on that same interview, Zemlin wasn’t even involved in “Open Source” until a decade after Linux and 2 decades after GNU. When he ran the predecessor of the Linux Foundation he had a technical person, the founder of Debian, to help him out (that person has since then committed suicide, after altercation with abusive police).

The deeper we look into it, the clearer it seems that Zemlin lacks background in (and dedication for) FOSS. He is a marketing and branding person. Maybe this is what he studied at the University of Minnesota (we didn’t research that far).

The Linux Foundation is a very classic case of pretenders riding coattails of other people’s achievements to make a fortune, usually by looking for rich overlords to serve. Months ago we remarked on the push the get rid of Torvalds. It was based on the most incredulous people's claim that he was rude and unprofessional.

Someone posted a comment further down in LWN, speaking about the hypocritical management that had apparently pushed Torvalds aside for a while. “Jim Zemlin (Linux Foundation, boss of Linus) has been complicit in this,” said the person (alluding to arguments in the mailing lists).

“Torvalds was doing absolutely fine before the Linux Foundation existed.”“Here is a summary of his TEDx talk [quoting the Linux Foundation's site]: “His last point is perhaps the most entertaining and provocative. Zemlin talks here about the value of flame wars, defending ideas and ridiculing code. The result? Better software. He cites a UC Berkeley study that found groups that are encouraged to debate rigorously and defend their ideas, opposed to traditional brainstorming where every idea is a good idea, come up with better ideas.”

Torvalds was doing absolutely fine before the Linux Foundation existed. Last week Linux Journal said, in its very last post, that the golden era of Linux was in 2007 (i.e. before the Foundation existed). Being ‘bossed’ by a Mac user with an obscure past (the relationship was explained here) hasn’t made Torvalds more independent and free to focus on purely technical work; it just seems to have silenced him, consciously or not (self-censorship and prior restraint). Can someone who is actually a geek be put in charge of the Foundation? At the moment it’s a career-climbing money-grabbing under-qualified person who doesn’t even use what he claims to be promoting and speaking on behalf of.
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* Jim Zemlin apparently has a ‘summer house’ (we don’t know how many houses in total). A decade back there was one in Lake Tahoe, reveals this PDF. When paying oneself so much in salaries and amassing perhaps $10,000,000 in savings one starts to appeal to power, not principles. Jim Zemlin said in an interview: “I’d be a manager of a discreet island hotel that is only accessible by float plane” (article apparently removed or made not accessible). That’s not very green and it’s the same sort of thing Linux was a reaction to if not against. He and his spouse are dancing with wealth and power. Almost a decade ago his wife wrote: “We are bringing in more Harvard Professors and well-recognized graduates. Sheryl Sandberg, Harvard AB and MBA, will be keynoting our Annual Dinner on Thursday, June 10th at the University Club.” Very Harvard-like thinking. It’s about class and serving class. When Jim Zemlin welcomed Microsoft into the Foundation his wife worked closely with Microsoft as a General Manager and Global Vice-President at TIBCO. According to his above-mentioned interview with Jeremy Allison, his wife controls him.

** “Since November 17, 2016, he holds a Bachelor Degree from the University of Minnesota,” this page says, but it also says: “He has been an Executive Director of Lumity; he serves the Executive Director of The Linux Foundation.” That Lumity part is not correct, so the page might be derived from misinformation.

08.11.19

Linux is Not Winning, It’s Changing (or Being Changed)

Posted in DRM, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 12:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux Foundation logo
Credit: Will Hill, 2 days ago

Summary: Linux development is guided by the wrong interests — general interests which are themselves motivated by domination over the users rather than empowerment and emancipation of computer users

MANY things are crumbling around us: the Web, digital freedom, and more pertinent issues like privacy and control over one’s computing (these issues are closely related and inherently connected).

To say that Linux “won” is easy; but did GNU? Or the vision put forth by its manifesto? The only thing being manifested these days, both on the Web and in Linux, is DRM (and similar). Restrictions grow in number and complexity. Microsoft, together with Intel, push UEFI ‘secure boot’, which is all about corporations controlling users’ choice of what to boot on a machine they supposedly own. These are the sorts of interests that dominate and always steer Linux Foundation decisions (look where their technical chiefs come from!).

Techrights does not expect that this will be easy to change; Techrights barely believes it can be changed, but one has to try, one has to start somewhere. If people give up without even trying (not fighting back), then defeat is assured. As we noted yesterday, there’s an effort here to make the Web more accessible or rather to make information from the Web more accessible, using Fair Use doctrine and some clever hacking (coding). At the same time we work to eliminate software patents and constantly strive to expose those who perturb the direction of GNU/Linux. A decade ago we battled against Trojan horses such as Mono, but nowadays we need to challenge much more widespread things such as listening devices (so-called ‘smart’ ‘assistants’). Don’t give up. Never let go. Once you do it’s all over. It’s not hard to see who would gain from defeatism. It’s also not hard to envision society that surrenders to such 24/7 surveillance (video/audio), universal back doors, and everything as “rental” with the concept of real ownership (control) altogether eliminated.

07.31.19

We May Need Linux Contingencies

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel at 11:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Alexandre Oliva
Alexandre (Alex) Oliva (linux-libre developer) left Red Hat just before IBM took over; Photo credit: Rafael Bonifaz

Summary: Linux development is in very many hands, but not only in good and benevolent hands (especially at the higher levels); in case the trajectory leads towards proprietary software, fallbacks may be needed

ALTHOUGH our main focus is and will remain squashing software patents we are growingly concerned about what’s happening to Linux, a kernel whose development is nowadays facilitated by proprietary software companies with loads of software patents. IBM buying Red Hat only makes that a lot worse (Alex Oliva, the man shown above, refused to pursue patents while at Red Hat and he left the company a couple of months ago; he’s against software patents). Linux in 2019 isn’t what it was in 2009. And don’t get us started about LINUX DOT COM (Linux.com), which sometimes feels like an anti-Linux site* (all the staff was sacked back in April and a month ago the site made a bizarre, low-capacity comeback that makes us think it’s better for the site to just become permanently inactive).

“Some just prefer not to talk about it; they look the other way and hope these problems will go away on their own.”Some readers share our concerns in public, but some share them in private (for different reasons). We have hardly come across anyone who does not agree with us on this subject. Some just prefer not to talk about it; they look the other way and hope these problems will go away on their own.

One reader said, “obviously we are on a similar page about the future of free software and gnu/linux specifically with regards to the kernel, everyone seems to think it is different or immune to the other meddling. By “everyone” I mean most of the people who are aware of the existing problems. I tend to think of kernel meddling as a future problem, though I’m watching the situation like a hawk.”

“Various hopeful people think hurd will save the day (alright by me, I don’t think that will ever happen) or perhaps bsd kernel (I think it will have the same problems as the linux kernel, plus its own — not a diss, I’m not anti-bsd at all), but I think a fork of the linux kernel is most likely.”
      –Anonymous
Moments ago we linked to a recent video in which Jim Zemlin says "Open Source Loves Microsoft" (which may sound gross, just like “Microsoft loves Linux,” but not exactly surprising coming from him).

“I’m increasingly worried about the kernel,” the reader added, “I say to people all the time, you know we need to think about the future of the linux kernel. Various hopeful people think hurd will save the day (alright by me, I don’t think that will ever happen) or perhaps bsd kernel (I think it will have the same problems as the linux kernel, plus its own — not a diss, I’m not anti-bsd at all), but I think a fork of the linux kernel is most likely. FROM WHOM is the real question.

“We both know Oliva (he says so too) is not a kernel hacker guru, even if he’s one of the most important modifiers of the kernel alive.”
      –Anonymous
“The future I foresee is one where the FSF is no longer a force in development, and if [Alex] Oliva can’t manage a linux kernel fork, who can? We both know Oliva (he says so too) is not a kernel hacker guru, even if he’s one of the most important modifiers of the kernel alive. The future of free software kernels is at stake — I am very curious who can step up when the time is right. I’m not sure it’s hopeless, I just don’t know who is capable. Nothing Oliva has said on this subject comes as a surprise. I’m familiar with linux-libre, I never took it to mean that Oliva could manage his own kernel. He and I are on the same page there.”
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* In the past 20 hours alone, for instance, LINUX DOT COM (Linux.com) linked to a pay-to-read report (“ADD TO BASKET”). The editors there either lack a clue or are played by the firms looking to sell this ‘consulting’-themed ploy. Is there really a lack of news worth linking to? The site has also just linked to Microsoft GitHub. There appears to be just one editor (everyone else was sacked) and he is a megaphone of Microsoft (yesterday in his site he promoted Microsoft’s own report, which is promotional). Is Microsoft paying him (except through Jim Zemlin/Linux Foundation)? Well, given what he did for VMware on the Foundation's payroll, everything is possible. The Linux Foundation and its staff are a hopeless, lost cause… they don’t care about Linux and few of them even use it.

07.30.19

Microsoft as Chief Censor of Torvalds’ Git and Torvalds’ Linux (Foundation): How Did We Get Here?

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 6:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Centralisation of Git repositories and delegation of authority to the Linux Foundation may make us vulnerable to payments from our adversaries, who are like MitM

Adversary (cryptography)

Summary: We deplore and condemn Microsoft’s quest to wrest control of GNU/Linux and everything that surrounds it; there seems to be persistent reluctance in key circles to even speak about this problem

IN the context of patents we’ve already witnessed the ability of litigation zealots to take over patent offices, e.g. Campinos/Battistelli at EPO and Andrei Iancu at USPTO. The key step is putting someone who is hostile towards science and close to the litigation lobby in charge of the whole chain, in turn appointing people like patent trolls as deputies. This is sometimes known as “infiltration” or “entryism” (several spellings are possible for this political slang).

In the context of the Linux Foundation, if the goal is to undermine it, then what you basically want is someone ambivalent/agnostic/hostile towards Linux in charge of the Foundation. The last thing you want is a chief very passionate about Linux (or an actual — God forbid! — GNU/Linux user). And that’s where we are today…

“My criticism was always sincere and not intended to be provocative, only reactionary. It’s a reaction to the attacks on GNU/Linux and — by extension — on Software Freedom.”Now, when it comes to large repositories like GitHub (a single point of failure to a lot of projects), you basically put a ‘mole’ inside the management team (like Xamarin‘s CEO and Mono booster), preferably one who can hook up with the chief of the above Foundation to outsource all the “Linux” stuff to the very same company that’s attacking Linux. It’s not too expensive to do this; it just takes a bit of time and relentless lying (provocative statements such as “Microsoft loves Linux”).

This site is almost 13 years old and my personal activism in this domain predates the site. Knowing my criticism of the Novell deal (with Microsoft) and the Foundation alike, some people view me as an “enemy” not because I’m dishonest or insincere but because what I say is uncomfortable to them (or their agenda). My criticism was always sincere and not intended to be provocative, only reactionary. It’s a reaction to the attacks on GNU/Linux and — by extension — on Software Freedom.

Earlier today I was advised by some readers to ask for Torvalds’ views on the current situation. I had been in contact with him before, so I decided to drop him a few lines. The E-mail was not a ‘bait’ and it was definitely not hostile. “I want Linux to succeed,” I told him, “and not become just a zero-cost commodity for proprietary software giants that could not care any less about Open Source.”

It increasingly seems crystal clear what not only Microsoft but a cabal of large companies (including G.A.F.A.M.) have in mind. Software Freedom isn’t compatible with their worldview (i.e. their business model) and they’re willing to collaborate on one thing: undermining freedom.

“It increasingly seems crystal clear what not only Microsoft but a cabal of large companies (including G.A.F.A.M.) have in mind. Software Freedom isn’t compatible with their worldview (i.e. their business model) and they’re willing to collaborate on one thing: undermining freedom.”“There are forces in this game that try to change Linux from the inside and,” I’ve told Torvalds, “not in a good way. They try to make your job harder, knowing you have stronger grip on the project as its founder and “community darling”. The media paints you rather negatively while they pass rules that disproportionately affect non-corporate participants (as part of their job they cannot say or do certain things that would get them fired, whereas community players/actors such as Con K. cannot be fired but excluded).”

I’ve been trying to come up with analogies for this situation; the closest I’ve found is borrowed from cryptography. To quote Wikipedia and alter some words (rendering it more applicable to us):

In [FOSS foundations/institutions/companies], an adversary (rarely opponent, enemy) is a malicious entity whose aim is to prevent the users of the [Commons] from achieving their goal (primarily [Freedom and collaboration]). An adversary’s efforts might take the form of attempting to discover [dirt], corrupting some of the [stability] in the system, [distorting] the identity of a [group], or forcing [systemic failure].

Actual adversaries, as opposed to idealized ones, are referred to as attackers. The former term predominates [...] This notion of an adversary helps both intuitive and formal reasoning about [FOSS] by casting [...] analysis of [institutions] as a ‘game’ between the users and a centrally co-ordinated [saboteur]. The notion of [integrity] of a [FOSS] is meaningful only with respect to particular attacks (usually presumed to be carried out by particular sorts of adversaries).

Watch how they slander Torvalds to the point where he's reluctant to speak out critically. It reduces the stability of his projects, wherein his authority is gradually diminished in a top-down fashion. Who’s at the top? Follow the money. Mostly adversaries. Check who controls the lion’s share of the Foundation’s Board nowadays. The same for Git, too…

07.22.19

Don’t Kick the Puppy That is Suing Linux Using Patents While Bribing Officials, Threatening Critics and Hijacking the Linux Foundation

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 4:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jim Zemlin is kicking common sense to the curb

Jim Zemlin is kicking common sense

Summary: Jim Zemlin is protecting the “puppy” (to use his own analogy), Microsoft, while getting paid about/almost a million dollars per year (about the same amount of money Microsoft pays his PAC)

IN our full archive of Linux Foundation stories one can see we already criticised the Foundation a very long time ago (even more than a decade back). Here’s one among many reports with headlined like “Bashing Microsoft ‘like kicking a puppy,’ says Linux Foundation chief” (one can find lots more to that effect).

“Microsoft sceptics and critics are being compared to criminals…”This is the kind of thing a Microsoft apologist would say. Zemlin is a German name, so how about this for an analogy: Bashing the German army amid winter retreat on the eastern front because Stalin is winning the war is ‘like kicking a puppy’.

His argument was that Microsoft was already losing. So why, dear Jim, is Microsoft still suing Linux/Android/Chrome OS OEMs with patents in 2019? It’s doing Kamikaze flights. You, Jim, are among their targets.

Microsoft sceptics and critics are being compared to criminals by the Linux Foundation; they’re presented as the moral equivalent of people who not only abuse animals but engage in acts of violence against adorable, defenseless baby animals. How can anyone still take the Linux Foundation seriously?

07.19.19

Why Does Jim Zemlin Publicly Congratulate Microsoft?

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 12:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A “spectacular move” by Microsoft and former Microsoft manager promoted to deputy at the Linux Foundation

Zemlin congratulates Microsoft

Summary: The signs aren’t particularly encouraging when one considers that the leadership of the Linux Foundation is a fan of Microsoft and sometimes connected to Microsoft

LINUX.COM has just stopped hiding its sole author’s name (previously it was only visible through the username in the RSS feeds). Story selection is still rather awful. It boils down to openwashing of proprietary software from SAP (Salesforce did a very similar publicity stunt some weeks back), some links to the Linux Foundation’s press releases and other fluff. Nothing about desktop obviously. Never! Very few people in this Foundation actually use GNU/Linux (we’re guessing maybe a handful among 2-3 dozen).

“The “Linux” Foundation works a lot more for Microsoft’s interests than it does for GNU/Linux, especially as a desktop platform.”Linux.com also links to this new example of openwashing by the Foundation in a sector that usually relies on greenwashing to ‘seem’ or ‘feel’ “ethical”. Jim Zemlin is very much a part of it; watch this other tweet of his about openwashing surveillance capitalism at the Foundation.

The “Linux” Foundation works a lot more for Microsoft's interests than it does for GNU/Linux, especially as a desktop platform. That’s a verifiable fact. There are those who might tell Torvalds inane things like, “trust the plan!” (whose?)

We’re really unhappy about what we’ve seen so far this year. Not looking good. Worse than ever before! And it seems like Microsoft is already in third E (as in “extinguish”). The Foundation is now cheering for Microsoft’s GitHub, which is the first and second E (“embrace” and “extend”). See the tweets at the top.

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