05.16.22

IBM’s Lennart Poettering on Breaking Software for Pseudo Novelty

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Kernel, Red Hat, Videos at 5:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 39c71c961410d5ff77c6d2e547b01df4
Lennart Poettering versus backward compatibility or API stability
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Recently-uploaded ELCE 2011 clip shows a panel with Linus Torvalds, Alan Cox, Thomas Gleixner, Paul McKenney, and Lennart Poettering (relevant to novelty or perceived novelty [1, 2] that mostly degrades the experience of longtime users, e.g. Wayland and systemd)

Notice how, some time along the way, Torvalds violates the Linux Foundation‘s Code of Conduct by using a "bad" word (in the above clip I actually find Lennart Poettering to be more provocative, rude, even trollish; words are just “style” and one can ‘politely’ abuse people). Torvalds would not risk this again (he hasn’t for years); bad for the health, so to speak…

Linus Torvalds health

Yes, he used to look a lot healthier before being sent to "manners" therapy for merely governing his own project (as he had very successfully done for nearly 30 years).

Notice how Torvalds cautions about certain features becoming a security baggage/liability — to the point of necessitating painful removal. In recent years a lot of what the corporate media calls “Linux” holes are in fact critical bugs in systemd. In the video, which is timeless, one can see who’s being rude.

05.15.22

What a Difference Half a Decade Makes (When Linux Foundation is ‘Having Fun’)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel at 5:17 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

As the old saying goes, “time has not been very kind to him”… (nor has the boss)

Linus Torvalds in 2016
2 years before Linux Foundation forced Linus Torvalds into public apology and therapists. Source: “With Linus Torvalds! Computing pioneer, creator of Linux. #TED2016″ by Afromusing is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Linus Torvalds in 2019
1 year after Linux Foundation forced him into public apology and therapists. Source: Linux-grondlegger Torvalds tijdens Open Source Summit in Lyon bestormd door handtekeningenjagers

Linus Torvalds in 2020
2 years after Linux Foundation forced him into public apology and therapists.

Based on some meticulous research online (hours-long), Torvalds has hardly appeared “in public” since then.

Summary: Media shaming campaigns may have taken their toll on the founder of Linux, who is now bossed by someone who rejects Linux and is married to a Microsoft booster. Like Richard Stallman under FSF guidance (and conditions for return, mostly for fear of further media assaults and attack dogs), he has become a more publicity-shy and private person. The Linux Foundation has in effect reduced the founder of what it’s called after (Linux) into a weekly release manager and mascot, whose brand it is gradually diluting/cheapening.

05.14.22

The ‘Original’ Linus Torvalds on Self-Hosting

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google, Kernel at 5:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 86bf4399db72786c280ff92e39e7ffbf
Linus Torvalds at Google
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The fast-aging founder of Linux spoke as shown above (2005); so much has changed since then…

TWO years before the Linux Foundation Mr. Torvalds was bragging about maintaining his own mail server in his own home (now it is controlled by his employer, which works for Microsoft et al) and he even boasted about source control that’s self-hosted. Of course years down the line he was pressured to accept Rust (Microsoft-controlled and Google-funded development) despite his long-held principles. Maybe because he's no longer in control, he’s just being used for his trademark and he is treated like merely a mascot, swaying like a penguin for corporate branding and openwashing.

04.22.22

‘Linux’ Foundation Promoting Microsoft and Scams While Microsoft Intensifies Its Attacks on Linux (by Proxy and From the Inside)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 7:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Discrediting and Sabotaging Linux
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Summary: It’s very sad to see what the “Linux” brand has become and how Microsoft’s vicious attacks on Linux as a project — not just the trademark — aren’t just ignored by the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation as it actively participates in some of these attacks

THE so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is participating in Microsoft’s attacks on the Linux brand and the GNU/Linux community. Zemlin and his friend (who do not even use Linux) are certainly getting rich this way, but it’s crystal clear at whose expense. While Microsoft sabotages Linux from the inside — as it has done since the Novell days (the above shows what Microsoft is doing to Mesa) — Zemlin et al are openwashing Microsoft projects that promote proprietary software and surveillance. In effect, the “Linux” brand is being misused to promote the opposite of what Linux stands for. As shown above, Zemlin et al are also promoting utter scams now, under the guise or veneer of “research”. This is incredible! How much more corruption will the “Linux” brand become associated with?

They piggyback Earth day to promote polluters. Speaking of which, the Linux Foundation does greenwashing spam for Microsoft. These liars from Microsoft already use Earth day for inversion of facts. Well, lying isn’t the worst thing for them to worry about, but just like in the case of the Linux brand, it’s clear who stands to lose. Earth Day 2022 became a joke because of what the most polluting corporations did with it…

“The failure of the media to call out this infiltration and deceit likely contributes to its demise. Many of today’s “articles” is just sponsored puff pieces. They don’t even resemble reporting, they’re like corporate whitepapers.”Speaking of fake “research”, this new Webspam example shows how profoundly misused the term “research” is and finally, in the above video, we also show Microsoft’s old friends in ClownStrike badmouthing Linux by spinning a collective of crackers who target Microsoft Windows… as a “Linux systems” thing.

Microsoft is deeply involved in a number of anti-Linux operations. Sadly, Zemlin et al nowadays participate in these anti-Linux operations, e.g. by perpetuating the talking points about “Open Source” being a security nightmare (even when the security issues are the fault of Microsoft, e.g. GitHub and NPM sending malware).

The failure of the media to call out this infiltration and bald-faced deceit likely contributes to its demise. Many of today’s “articles” is just sponsored puff pieces. They don’t even resemble reporting, they’re like corporate whitepapers.

To give an hour-old example of parrots for Microsoft allies and ‘former’ staff, see this new piece (published around the same time I recorded the video). It says: “In a blog post, the CrowdStrike Cloud Threat Research team said the LemonDuck botnet tried to monetize its efforts via simultaneous campaigns to mine cryptocurrency like Monero.”

They’re not investigating the full extent of the situation, the context, conflict of interest and so on. It’s just mindless churnalism, based on “tweets” or blog posts.

04.15.22

The Linux Foundation Does Not Want You to See How a ‘Code of Conduct’ is Actually Enforced at Its Events

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 8:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 76f355be6d78b0bc030fbbf9cc81a184
Social Engineering by Linux Foundation
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Summary: The Linux Foundation has just issued a “transparency” report which is hardly transparent and is very vague; the timing of the release is very suspicious — late on a Friday on Easter Friday. The video above explores what the Foundation actually is and who (or what) it is really trying to protect.

THE so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation lost a lot of revenue due to the pandemic. It used to make a lot of its money from events, based on the “Linux Foundation” IRS filings, which can be found online although these folks are — suspiciously enough — years behind (is the IRS investigating or working to revoke the tax-exempt status of the “Linux Foundation”?). There are now two kinds of “Linux Foundation” events, in-person/physical and online/virtual (telepresence). Guess which type is hard to charge a lot of money for. It’s worth noting that the “Linux Foundation” manager in charge of all this comes from the hotel/hospitality (for rich people, not hospitalisation) sector, nothing to do with Linux at all. Then again, very few people who manage the “Linux Foundation” actually use Linux or ever tried Linux.

“…very few people who manage the “Linux Foundation” actually use Linux or ever tried Linux.”This post isn’t about the defunct “business model” or the fraudulent status of the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation. The CFO left the Foundation the same years it operated at a loss. They try to reinvent themselves as a diploma mill now and there are many other issues we routinely cover here.

Today we focus on a different aspect. The ‘Linux’ Foundation (we’ll refer to it as “LF” from hereon) has become like a rogue operation working for corporations with a “secret police” entering projects and communities. The people who do the enforcement do not understand these projects and communities. They impose things on them (like political beliefs) and are inherently engaged in social engineering. They banish all sorts of people for seemingly arbitrary reasons.

The “LF police” is not a real police. It’s more like a corporate vigilante. It’s like a shadowy cabal of corporate actors known as the Code of Conduct (CoC) Committee. They’re accountable to nobody and answerable only to their employers.

“They’re accountable to nobody and answerable only to their employers.”My experience with self-serving police forces is described in my personal site, e.g. in [1, 2, 3]. I hear that it’s a lot worse in the United States. Cops typically, at least over there, aren’t particularly good at crime-solving. The cops don’t get scored for actually resolving disputes or solving crimes but for filing reports of them.

They protect corporations; Neither me nor youSimilarly, in the LF’s case, it seems like a shadowy corporate panel is using threats to accused people (rarely launching an actual investigation; except in just one case, as noted in the report; there’s no due process and there seems to be a presumption of guilt) to compel them to obey. This is what the CoC is for. It’s like a rushed, ad hoc ‘tribunal’; its members lack actual qualifications to study and judge incidents. Any rule can be made up or re-interpreted to defend a wrongful judgement, retroactively. It can be selectively applied or enforced based on subjective criteria and financial interests or class interests. Remember who pays the salaries of these people!

In everyday life, to the police it’s typically about protecting the status quo (oligarchs etc.) and to the LF it is not about protecting people but protecting the cash cow. The LF knows where the milk (big money) comes from. It’s companies like Microsoft, not a few “independent” (not connected to a corporation) conference attendees. The ticket prices are ridiculous and they’re designed to encourage corporations to pass money (a lot like the academic publishing cartels and universities’ libraries). Almost all attendees are present on behalf of the corporations that send them. It’s a form of gate-keeping.

“The ticket prices are ridiculous and they’re designed to encourage corporations to pass money (a lot like the academic publishing cartels and universities’ libraries).”The above video explains my personal view. It’s an expression of an idea. By intention, in order to avoid accusations of “personal attacks”, the video carefully refrains from naming anyone so it doesn’t make it personal, nor does it personify broad issues which even extend beyond this one controversial organisation.

The video is long, but it could be a lot longer, so I got to the point and started by covering this hours-old fluff on “Less Time on Compliance” (licence compliance; the LF doesn’t truly care about GPL violations). I later turned to their main feature, the “Linux Foundation Events Code of Conduct Transparency Report”. It reaffirmed my view that a CoC can be misused. For example, any challenge or doubt is “unprofessionally expressed” in their eyes (LF’s eyes). They can decide what can and cannot be said based on what’s convenient to their interests, not based on any objective criteria. They wish to be impenetrable to critics and criticism. This is tyranny or gross misuse of authority. As I show in the video, many incidents have insufficient details, maybe by intention. One alarming example says “2 reports of concern that several CNCF ambassadors were airing grievances about not having talks accepted at the event, which belittled the work of the program committee” (so one isn’t permitted to disagree!) and another example speaks of “1 attendee [who] was speaking unprofessionally to a member of the LF staff when asked to abide by Covid health + safety protocols”.

“They wish to be impenetrable to critics and criticism.”What does “unprofessionally” mean? Seem rather vague. There’s also “1 report of staff at a sponsor booth ignoring a woman attendee”, but was this because of the gender? They say one “individual was escorted out of the venue each time”, so the LF basically maintains a “blacklist” of people, akin to a “no-fly list”…

“1 attendee reported (on social media) a staff member at the JW Marriott restaurant was racially profiling them,” but this term is vague and it’s hard to prove racial profiling; also, a bunch of “tweets” aren’t a formal report and if profiling was blatant, they should contact authorities, not LF. There are already laws which tackle racism. Finally, at the end they say “1 Attendee was spamming links to YouTube videos…”

Spamming links? What does that mean? Did the links lead to spam? Was a person posting links that the LF’s sponsors and other corporate shills did not like? It seems like they’re using the CoC as a very broad brush. Posting links is “spamming” and criticism is deemed “unprofessional”…

“It seems like they’re using the CoC as a very broad brush.”I should be clear and upfront; it’s not about us condoning or encouraging rudeness, but there are other resolutions and if laws are broken, they should be reported and pursued in the legal channels.

But as I note early in the video, the LF became a GPL infringers’ club (a long or relatively lengthy discussion in the #boycottnovell IRC channel covered this today), so the LF would censor on behalf of some of the very worst abusers. It is a very patronising, corporate attitude. So geeks are “Rude”, they insist, but corporations that bomb people for profit are “Professional” and “Well-meaning” (or “Green” or whatever… when the LF does so much greenwashing, even for Microsoft).

“Imagine an LF CoC that says the LF is forbidden from accepting any funds from companies that work for (or with) the military.”None of these issues is unforeseen or surprising. In fact we covered these aspects many times before because sometimes the LF is just shamelessly trolling the community (the people who did the lion’s share of the work, the coding) and is engaging in corporate/political stunts and tricks, leveraging highly sensitive/divisive issues that these corporations are most culpable of. They use projection tactics. Imagine an LF CoC that says the LF is forbidden from accepting any funds from companies that work for (or with) the military. Oh, no… we can’t have that, can we?

04.05.22

Linux Foundation Should Remove Linux From Its Name

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 4:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f7acb3508ec52fa3019a3babba0acc44
LF has Abandoned Linux
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Summary: Linus Torvalds seems to have gotten himself entrapped inside an organisation (“Linux Foundation”; Linux only in name) that harms Linux and even harms Git, the other famous project or Mr. Torvalds; in order to qualify for a job at the “Linux Foundation” you need to neither know nor use Linux — an absurd situation; Mr. Torvalds should take his trademark and walk away because it keeps getting worse and his employer gets more secretive/shady

THE forces of proprietary software, or people who disagree with Software Freedom and even “Open Source” (they just want openwashing slants for PR gain), are making progress. They’ve infiltrated sites, institutions, events and so on. We’ve provided very extensive evidence of this; there’s an ample body of evidence, so let’s not get bogged down by that.

“This is a very profound issue and the damage extends way beyond the Linux Foundation itself, as the above video explains.”So yesterday we saw an announcement of interest. There’s a new “social control media” shill for “content”. It seems to be one of those SEO types, who mistake JavaScript frameworks for “the Web”. There was a similar post in the Linux Foundation‘s site last night (European time), which also included an image. The image may or may not be the person in question (maybe decades-old photo; but more likely stock photography). We mentioned it at the time.

Is this the future of “Linux”? Some “content farming”? Microsoft GitHub?

What we’re generally seeing is that the Linux Foundation is departing from Linux; it’s arguably trying to hurt Linux and its spokespeople come from Microsoft. New hires have no experience with (or basic understanding of) Linux. Those who do understand and promote GNU/Linux get ousted and fired. This is a very profound issue and the damage extends way beyond the Linux Foundation itself, as the above video explains.

I cover a number of other points in the video. For instance, Linux.com is barely read by anybody (nothing of interest anymore) and it gives people a rather poor impression of “Linux”. There’s no Varnish cache or CDN like Clownflare to blame for the appallingly low (very poor) number of page views. It’s like they’ve lost more than 95% of the traffic!

03.13.22

It’s Almost Spring 2022 and Linux Foundation’s Latest Available IRS Filing is From 2018, Over 90% of the Budget Goes to US

Posted in Deception, Finance, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 6:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Last year: No Linux Foundation IRS Disclosures Since 2018

Linux Foundation' filings
Nothing has progressed since we checked last year (screenshot is minutes old)

Linux Foundation's foreign pot
Hardly an internationalist

Summary: Another year has passed and one has to wonder if the Zemlin-led PAC is having trouble with the IRS

Remember: The seats at the Linux Foundation are for sale:

Drew DeVault on Linux Foundation

Linux Foundation evil

02.18.22

Rest Assured the Linux Foundation Does Not Really Speak for Linux (Not Anymore)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Kernel, OSDL at 11:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d6256f67dc837bd44b75ac7d9d0342cf
Not the Voice of Linux
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: The employer of Linus Torvalds, who remains the trademark holder of "Linux", is clearly aligned against the goals of Linux as a project and as a community

THE Linux Foundation, as noted in the above video, came about after OSDL had blown up. The Linux Foundation claims to be older than it really is (the University of Manchester does the same thing for that matter, cherry-picking historical dates) and within only a few years it lost its direction. Today, in 2022, the Linux Foundation's Board of Directors is almost 90% corporate and more than 80% proprietary companies (mostly ‘suits’ who don’t even use GNU/Linux). Judging by the way things change every year, the Board might be over 90% corporate some time soon (maybe as soon as next year) because they literally sell seats on the Board. They even market it that way (we showed evidence of this before, based on their own words). You pay for a certain membership tier and in exchange you get to exercise control over Linux and more.

“It’s indisputable at this point that it’s just a front group or a shell of very affluent companies, some of them not even American.”It’s quite frankly a miracle that the IRS still lets this thing go on without having to pay any taxes. It’s indisputable at this point that it’s just a front group or a shell of very affluent companies, some of them not even American.

I’ve said a lot more in the video above as I commented, one by one, on the 26 members of the Linux Foundation’s Board of Directors. Even outside the Board, in the management team of the Linux Foundation, there are prominent Microsofters.

There is no simple soluton or quick ‘fix’ to this sordid mess. The Linux Foundation buying positive media coverage about the Linux Foundation (in essense corrupting the media) leads to a different kind of backlash and other sorts of scandals, as we’ve noted here before. They also run afoul of rules, which means they can get banned.

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