09.08.20

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Large Corporations Have Not Got Your Back

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Site News at 5:40 pm by Guest Editorial Team

They have their own to protect; they just want to control everybody

Superhero meme: Billionaires Won't Save Us

Summary: The misguided idea that public interest groups can be sponsored by the very monopolies that those groups ought to replace may seem alluring at times; but autonomy and independence mean rejection of such money is ever more necessary

THE most saddening thing is, many Free software (or “Open Source”) institutions give up on people — along with mission statements — in favour of corporate money. The most obscene example of this is the Linux Foundation, which equates “growth” with money and conflates corporate buyout with “success”. The most depressing aspect of that is the spread of the phenomenon to other institutions, such as OSI, SFC, FSFE and to a lesser degree FSF (we’re still undecided about the last one). Debian has amassed a lot of money; much of it comes from corporations that don’t necessarily respect software freedom but have an interest in controlling Debian as a project/community.

“It helps the public hold people in positions of authority accountable (to the people, not to corporations/corporate sponsors).”One needn’t be a cynical anti-capitalist to say that there’s something wrong with corporate takeover of almost everything. Capitalism is not inherently about few corporations running the world; it just isn’t.

Over the next few days we’ll reproduce a bunch of older articles about the FSFE, based on insiders. When we reproduce article we do not necessarily endorse everything they say; the Free Software Fellowship articles do, however, contain a number of interesting facts/information. It helps the public hold people in positions of authority accountable (to the people, not to corporations/corporate sponsors).

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