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'Open Source' as a Proprietary Software Coup and an Attack on Software Freedom

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Summary: The well-financed interests behind the coup against software freedom are at it again; seeing that Free software is everywhere and has already won many markets, they still try to rebrand and reown the entire market, but whether they succeed or not depends on our collective action

SIMMONS and co. are at it again. Working on the payroll of proprietary software giants (Google, Salesforce etc.), these people basically wage a war against software freedom and moan about ICE while in fact working for ICE and outsourcing everything to a proprietary software monopoly that also works for ICE. So we know they don't care about actual ethics; it's just a shallow case of ego tripping or typical, chronic cognitive dissonance. Those are the same people who not only try to cancel the FSF and its founder but also worked from within OSI to cancel the OSI's own co-founder (for trying to protect the OSI from such subversive entryism).



"Some say OSI isn't just fronting for Microsoft and GitHub but also for Tidelift. Some people tell us that. Then again, consider the fact that Tidelift is managed by people who signed the anti-Stallman letter, looking to destroy the FSF and by extension copyleft/GPL."The initial pointer (for this article) was sent to me by someone who had worked for Microsoft and got sick of what he saw there. He left. Tidelift is propping up Microsoft, according to him. It's also connected to the Red Hat founders (company sold to IBM, which made them a lot of money, possibly making them billionaires). Some say OSI isn't just fronting for Microsoft and GitHub but also for Tidelift. Some people tell us that. Then again, consider the fact that Tidelift is managed by people who signed the anti-Stallman letter, looking to destroy the FSF and by extension copyleft/GPL. The latest person to manage the hate letter is an IBM employee. Speaking of IBM, Simmons once again promoted this nonsense yesterday, this time in an IBM/Red Hat site called opensource.com. As it turns out, those nostalgic monopolists and OSI figureheads are boosting Microsoft moles and lobbyists (of proprietary software!). They speak of "our pals at" Microsoft (GitHub) and it's worth noticing how many Microsoft employees lead this thing. They've killed the term "Open Source". Nowadays those who claim to speak for Open Source are just proprietary software giants, along with their front groups (including the Linux Foundation, which insists that "Open Source loves Microsoft").

"Unless we speak about those issues more openly (which puts people at risk of running afoul of some so-called 'CoC'), the situation will worsen."This video begins with the more positive news about Free software winning the Web servers wars (according to statistics revealed yesterday afternoon, Microsoft's collapse in Web servers continues; down from 5.54% to 4.95% in one single mouth! Yes, that's like more than 10% in losses in just one month; they lost 7 million domains!). We covered this collapse many times over the past year or so, sometimes in long (about an hour long) videos. So the game plan or the strategy at Microsoft seems to revolve around hijacking the competition, e.g. by hiring NGINX people to become marketing drones of Microsoft (as seen in the above case).

Unless we speak about those issues more openly (which puts people at risk of running afoul of some so-called 'CoC'), the situation will worsen. They try to 'own' our revolution and then lock us out with doors and gates.

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