01.25.22

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Free Software is Greener

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 9:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Software Freedom From Waste
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Summary: Software Freedom is the only way to properly tackle environmental perils through reuse and recycling; the mainstream media never talks about it because it wants people to “consume” more and more products

THE article "Proprietary Software is Pollution" was published here last night after it had been shared with the FSF, known for the “Bad Vista” campaign which raised awareness about environmental harms of Windows Vista (deeply-embedded DRM, unreasonable energy usage levels, planned obsolescence etc.) and amid leadership shuffles at FSF (we heard rumours about the next Executive Director, possibly an in-house promotion for Greg Farough, the Campaigns Manager, who can suitably fill John Sullivan’s shoes) we hope that they will place greater emphasis on planetary benefit of Free software. It’s a subject that we covered here before; Richard M. Stallman recently stressed that he attempted to reduce his consumption of meat and Farough “has previously worked as a goat herder, labor organizer, and tutor of Attic Greek,” says the FSF’s site. “Greg is a straight edge vegan, and is an emeritus of many loud and talentless bands in the American Midwest. They have a special fondness for glitchy guitar pedals, horror movies, and GNU Emacs (which gives some people just as many nightmares).”

“Greenwashing Microsoft is bad enough, as Microsoft continues to attack Linux, but to make matters a lot worse, profiting from a campaign of lies (that ruin the planet) puts Zemlin et al on the same moral level as climate deniers, as we explained in a video a few months ago.”Anyway, the emphasis on environmental aspects would certainly help advance the cause of Software Freedom. Contrast to that, the Linux Foundation is not only openwashing but also greenwashing proprietary software and surveillance, especially for Microsoft [1, 2, 3] because it is deeply corrupt and it is trying to confuse the public, as if Microsoft is “green”…

Greenwashing Microsoft is bad enough, as Microsoft continues to attack Linux, but to make matters a lot worse, profiting from a campaign of lies (that ruin the planet) puts Zemlin et al on the same moral level as climate deniers, as we explained in a video a few months ago.

While the world’s biggest polluters (like one who has a whole fleet of aircrafts and still flies a plane of a child sex trafficker) bribe the media — along with corrupt institutions like the Linux Foundation — to portray themselves as “green” superheroes saving the planet the FSF has done very little to highlight the simple facts about Free software’s low environmental footprint. Little has been done by the FSF to explain the great extent to which Apple and Microsoft destroy the planet physically — never mind ethically — let alone Bill Gates being the most polluting person on this planet. Former Microsoft employee Mitchel Lewis explained 2 years ago that Gates has “4 jets, 1 helicopter, 1 seaplane, yachts, and blood of his type waiting for him at many of his destinations as if he were a Bond villain” (he is).

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