Bonum Certa Men Certa

IBM Has Moved Away From Standards and Freedom, Red Hat's Leadership Has Changed, So Users Should Probably Move Away From Red Hat



Video download link | md5sum f198c77a4a777cc21cde8d97519bd9d3 IBM Betrays Standards Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0



Summary: Red Hat's behaviour under IBM's leadership is getting worse and less defensible over time; maybe it's time to reconsider the status of Red Hat within the community

THE VIDEO above focuses on IBM's shift from "Linux" to vendor lock-in, including Clown Computing and secret source code. Red Hat promoted vendor lock-in in all sorts of other ways, including Ansible and systemd (lock-in by complexity), but now it's actively suppressing the adoption of Free software that has built in OpenDocument Format (ODF) support.



It's becoming increasingly hard to defend what Red Hat is doing, going as far as defending Microsoft Office and pushing systemd everywhere, despite it being run by a Microsoft employee.

Thankfully alternatives do exist. Debian recently turned 30 and it's still not moving away from systemd or enabling alternatives, in spite of a years-old General Resolution. Well, just over a week ago Devuan GNU+Linux 5 was released. As noted in this forum, citing this Slashdot comment (Perens left Twitter last year):

'I was the 2nd Debian project leader. These days, I prefer to run Devuan, a true Debian derivative engineered the way I would probably have decided to make it. It's efficient and trouble-free. Thanks to the Devuan developers for all of the work!' - Bruce Perens, Open Source Champion



Yesterday this was posted as an image.

As we noted in 2019, Bruce Perens had long criticised systemd:

Bruce Perens systemd 3



Bruce Perens systemd 2



Bruce Perens systemd 1



He cautioned about it half a decade earlier as well.

"Now that IBM behaves so badly and systemd is managed by a Microsoft employee it's time to consider moving away to truly community-run distros."As he put it in 2014: "As you can see, I found out this morning that anyone who criticizes systemd has a character flaw. It's not a technical or policy argument at all. You can't really even start talking about it without being criticized for the tone of your discussion. This is mad, folks. [...] I think you are expecting me to argue against systemd on a technical basis and you are disappointed that I do not. But this isn't really a technical argument. It's process, policy, and marketing. It is not how any of the individual pieces work, but it is the fact that they are in a project as big (maybe larger) than the KDE or GNOME GUI which the rest of the world has been expected to accept en masse rather than ala carte."

Now that IBM behaves so badly and systemd is managed by a Microsoft employee it's time to consider moving away to truly community-run distros. The video above mostly focuses on the office suites aspect.

Recent Techrights' Posts

[Meme] Clergy of GNU/Linux (Corporations Like IBM)
Volunteers as powerless "followers" of companies that "harvest" their labour
 
Links 29/02/2024: Layoffs at Apple, Expedia, and Electronic Arts
Links for the day
Gemini Links 29/02/2024: Web Enshittification and Firefox user-agents
Links for the day
Spiked Piece/Censoreed Piece: 'Microsoft Copilot is a gimmick', says top CIO
Issues relate to connectivity and cost
Enrico Zini, Mattia Rizzolo, Plagiarism & Debian
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
There Will Be Lots More Apple Layoffs (Already Years in the Making)
The corporate media still tries to shape the narrative to prevent panic or delay market hysteria
Latest SUEPO (Staff Union of EPO) Report For The Hague Reveals EPO Does Not Obey Court Orders, Refuses to Allow Workers to Freely Talk to One Another
working in a place where communication itself is restricted
[Meme] The Oppression Will Continue Until EPO 'Quality' Improves
wonder why EPO morale is so low?
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, February 28, 2024
IRC logs for Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Outreachy, GSoC-mentors & Debian-Private may soon become public records in federal court
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Links 28/02/2024: Many War Updates and Censorship
Links for the day
Gemini Links 28/02/2024: Social Control Media Notifications and Gemini Protocol Extended
Links for the day
Links 28/02/2024: Microsoft the Plagiarist is Projecting, Food Sector Adopts Surge Pricing
Links for the day
Helping Microsoft 'Hijack' Developers (to Make Them Work for Microsoft, Not the Competition)
VS Code is proprietary spyware of Microsoft. Jack Wallen keeps promoting its use.
Gemini Links 28/02/2024: Groupthink and the 'Problem' With Linux
Links for the day
Android Rising (Windows Down to All-Time Lows, Internationally)
This month was a bloodbath for Microsoft
HexChat Looks for Successors to Keep IRC Growing
IRC is far from dead
[Meme] Just Make Him Happy
Y U no produce more monopolies?
End of a Long February
top 10 posts
[Meme] The EPO's Relationship With Patent Examiners
Nobody is "safe"
New Pension Scheme (NPS) at the European Patent Office Explained at the General Assembly
Investing in the future, or...
Donald Trump & FSFE Matthias Kirschner election denial
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
IRC logs for Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Links 27/02/2024: PlayStation Layoffs and More Oppressive New Laws for Hong Kong
Links for the day
Gemini Links 27/02/2024: Facebook as Containment Field and Depression Driven Development (DDD)
Links for the day
They're Adding Warnings Now: The Site "It's FOSS" is Not FOSS
It's better that they at least explicitly state this
Links 27/02/2024: Nevada Versus End-To-End Encryption, Birmingham Bankrupt
Links for the day
End of an Era
The Web isn't just filled with marketing spam but actual disinformation
[Meme] Onboarding New EPO Staff
You read the patent application and grant within hours
The Legacy Prolific Writers Leave Behind Them
"Free Software Credibility Index" after more than 15 years
The Ongoing Evolutionary Process of News-Reading (or News-Finding) on the World Wide Web
it gets worse
Phoronix in Google News
congratulating or welcoming Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (E.E.E.)
Google Fired Many Employees Working on Google News (Which Had Deteriorated and Became Gulag Noise, Littered and Gamed by Blogspam, Plagiarism, and Chatbot/Translator-Generated Spew), Now Comes the Likely 'Phase-out'
No wonder many yearn for the days of DMOZ and Web directories in general
IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 26, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, February 26, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
"It's Obvious There's No Future For Any of Us from Blizzard at Microsoft"
The rumours suggest that more Microsoft layoffs are on the way
[Meme] Who's the Boss?
"I thought EPC governed the Office"
Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP) at the EPO and Why Workers' Salary is Actually Decreasing Each Year (Currency Loses Its Purchasing Power)
outline and update on a years-old blunder
Exposed: FSFE, Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), Legal Network & Modern Slavery
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock