07.30.21

‘Open Source’ as a Failed Initiative

Posted in Free/Libre Software, OSI at 6:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1ff48579187cd76587d121fd6d2d44f6

Summary: A closer look at the dire state of the Open Source Initiative, or OSI, which no longer protects Open Source (let alone software freedom) but instead helps openwashing, Microsoft entrapment, and a coup against the FSF

THE OSI situation which we spoke about last night [1, 2] is further aggravation of an already-fatal prognosis. Things got a lot worse (and very fast) a year ago when the General Manager left and months ago we saw the current (“interim”) General Manager viciously attacking Richard Stallman. Some even accused her of borderline antisemitism (in the mailing list).

Hong Phuc Dang announces victory on LinkedInThe latest episode in this circling-down-the-drain drama isn’t pretty. It looks like they’re once again failing to run an election and people have already noticed the creaks. Their system isn’t working and there’s nobody truly in charge. They lack technical skills and a lack of legal background is impossible to compensate for with shallow politics.

“They keep telling us that the FSF is “irrelevant”, but that’s just a case of wishful thinking and an act of projection.”At the moment the OSI is trying to sink the FSF, hoping that by taking other boats down under the OSI can somehow still maintain some relevance. They keep telling us that the FSF is “irrelevant”, but that’s just a case of wishful thinking and an act of projection. Long live copyleft. Sharing is caring, so happy sharing (and hacking).

07.29.21

The OSI Song

Posted in Microsoft, OSI at 8:22 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Song
Goodnight and goodbye

Summary: The sad demise of OSI, which has become little but a front group of proprietary software companies in pursuit of openwashing services (and outsourcing to proprietary disservices looking to eradicate copyleft)

THE Oh! Ass! Aye?

It will never die
For Microsoft is can lie
Oh my!

Openwashing as a service
Making Stallman nervous
Driving their Chevies
Collecting their levies

ClearlyDefined sellout
They really needed a bailout
Proprietary breakout
Forgetting what they’re all about

Open Source has won!
GitHub prison can be fun
By Microsoft it is run
Look what we have done!

Herding communities at scale
To ensure they always fail
Dog wagged by its tail
But hey, nobody is male!

Politics of entryism ignored
Integrity is hard to afford
Dirty money they hoard
Hanging themselves on a cord

[Meme] OSI is Doing Just Fine

Posted in GPL, Microsoft, OSI at 8:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Free software development rep, OSI, GitHub
Don’t worry! Microsoft will save the OSI!

Summary: So what if OSI is run by someone who raised money from Microsoft (to sell Microsoft a keynote slot in a copyleft event — the thing that Microsoft attacks through GitHub!) while funnelling the OSI's funds to a serial GPL violator?

The OSI’s Defunct Elections (Privacy Breach), Conflict of Interest (Nicholson), and Other Lingering Problems

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, OSI at 7:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OSI privacy issue

OSI privacy issues. I don’t think we’re supposed to see the voters’ data (publicly accessible here as the front end or the corresponding .json file).

Summary: The above, together with an email from the OSI below, serves to show they’re re-running a bad election and — yet worse! — there appears to be a conflict of interest implicating the OSI’s sole member of staff!

THE OSI is in a state of disarray following the abrupt departure of its sole member of staff one year ago. Coordination is poor, the agenda has shifted in a negative way/direction (like attacks on the FSF), and this is what its interim manager said in a message:

As an Individual Member of the Open Source Initiative who joined by March 4th, you are eligible to vote in the re-run Open Source Initiative’s 2021 Board of Directors election. This email includes important information about the election and voting process.

CANDIDATES:

This year TWO (2) Individual Member seats are open. You may view the candidate profiles/bios here:

https://wiki.opensource.org/bin/Main/OSI%20Board%20of%20Directors/Board%20Member%20Elections/2021%20Individual%20and%20Affiliate%20Elections/

VOTING:

Elections for OSI Directors are held according to Approval Voting
- see Wikipedia for more information on Approval Voting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approval_voting

Each voter may “approve of” (i.e., “vote for”) any number of candidates, from none (0) to all eleven (11). The winners of the election will be the two candidates who receive the most votes from the voting Individual Members

IMPORTANT!!!

To cast a vote, you will be led through the following steps.

1. Log into Helios (your credentials are included below).

2. Select (“approve”) your preferred candidate(s).

3. Review/Confirm your ballot (i.e. who you voted for), then “Submit” your ballot.

4. CAST YOUR BALLOT: PLEASE NOTE, YOU MUST ALSO “CAST YOUR BALLOT” on the screen appearing after you submit your ballot.

IF YOU FAIL TO CLICK THE “CAST YOUR BALLOT” BUTTON YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL TALLY.

IMPORTANT DATES:
* July 26, 2021 (11:00 am PDT): Elections open
* August 6, 2021 (4:59 pm PDT): Elections close
* August 9, 2021 (11:00 am PDT): : Run-off elections open (if needed)
* August 13, 2021 (5:00 pm PDT): Run-off elections close
* August 23, 2021: New Board Directors seated
* First meeting August 24 and 25, 2021

QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions feel free to contact Deb Nicholson at d.nicholson@opensource.org

Election URL: https://vote.heliosvoting.org/helios/e/JulyIndividual2021/vote

Have lessons been learned from the last time around?

We’re not too sure.

The OSI elections… again seem to have a security/privacy issue, compromising the integrity of the whole process. As one source told us (see screenshot, links etc. at the top), issues linger on “and then there’s this privacy concern.”

“The OSI elections… again seem to have a security/privacy issue, compromising the integrity of the whole process.”“sjvn hasn’t voted yet,” the source noted. Are we supposed to even know that? “Shows all members and whether they voted or not to the general public…”

This is bad enough in its own right, especially given prior events and context (compromised election).

“However,” our source added, “I saw the OSI elections are currently being… reheld. So, not sure because I did not document who was going for elections but… I noticed Salt there. He has a long standing relationship with Nicholson, the Interim General Manager. So, Salt running for a position where he has history with the “manager” is odd, but we are well aware of the cronyism in the past. What really struck me was his bio, where he discusses paid positions for Executive Director and staff.”

To quote:

Why I am running

The OSI is a leading voice when it comes to the conversation surrounding free/libre/open culture and values. It is currently at a point of inflection, transitioning from an (almost) entirely volunteer-driven organization, to one with an Executive Director and paid staff.

Yes, “paid staff.” Like a company. That would more or less confirm what the OSI has become. It diverts more than half of its funds into Microsoft GitHub promotion, i.e. proprietary software. Is this the future of OSI?

“That would more or less confirm what the OSI has become. It diverts more than half of its funds into Microsoft GitHub promotion, i.e. proprietary software.”As our source noted: “This could get interesting!”

The cronyism at the EPO comes to mind (Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos stuffing or staffing up the management with friends of theirs, not qualified people).

We shall patiently watch the next steps.

07.21.21

Open Source Initiative (OSI) a Sinking Ship in Service of Microsoft Monopoly, Proprietary Software, and Even GPL Violations

Posted in Deception, GPL, Microsoft, OSI at 7:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 0c445e665844ad7a63d0d23c44317a9d

Summary: The Open Source Initiative (OSI), which nowadays approves licences it ought not approve, not only takes funding from enemies of Open Source/Free software (for openwashing and silence/complicity); it actively promotes them and makes excuses for their attacks on software freedom

Some years ago the Linux Foundation became a proponent of GPL violations despite the GPL being the licence of the project it is called after.

The defunct OSI is commenting on Microsoft’s proprietary software that helps violate the GPL/copyleft. It’s authored by the same people who tried to eliminate the father of Free software, Richard Stallman, as recently as a few months ago. What does that tell us about the OSI?

We’ve decided to belatedly do a video about these issues, seeing that we’re unable to produce as much lately, partly because of the heatwave.

06.01.21

The Libel Initiative: OSI President Falsely Insinuates OSI Critics Are Homophobic and Requests Censorship of Wikipedia (for OSI)

Posted in Deception, OSI, Wikipedia at 4:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OSI censorship

Summary: Name-calling and insults (where none are needed) are used to compensate for unfavourable coverage about the OSI; typical corporatism in Wikipedia

To be clear, I don’t know what was changed in Wikipedia, I can only guess based on the context, and I didn’t even know he was gay. This is truly ridiculous.

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

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, IBM, Microsoft, OSI at 4:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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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.

05.11.21

The FSF Needs to Reject OSI (and Open Source) Along With Much-Needed Rejection of the GNOME Foundation (Not the Same as the GNOME Project)

Posted in FSF, GNOME, GNU/Linux, OSI at 5:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Response to a good little speech (unscripted apparently) by Geoffrey Knauth, who explained his position on Open Source about a year ago

THE current FSF president is a good guy. Geoffrey Knauth is a good and welcoming speaker (reminiscent of Peter T. Brown). But since his talk that I saw this morning a lot has happened in the OSI and it merits a discussion.

“Their petition backfired so badly that all they do with it right now is remove signatures.”The above started as a spontaneous response to this video of Geoffrey Knauth (from last year). Here it is for context:

Video download link

“A lot of those conferences are run by women… and we really have no conflicts,” he notes. A lot of what he says makes perfect sense and I agree entirely. What Knauth says about “Open Source” (around 9:00 onwards) I may have agreed on a year ago, but a lot has changed since then. The video explains what and why… I show this blog post from the OSI and explain the situation with the GNOME Foundation, where most chiefs proceed to sellout, becoming Microsoft employees. The GNOME Foundation is extremely problematic (it has tried to cancel RMS for over a decade), but so is the OSI. And by extension the “Open Source” brand…

Berlin scenesThe problematic blog post from the OSI was the start of something; a month and a half later the OSI (with zero full-time and permanent staff; it's defunct and cannot even organise an election) took/chose a key role in attacking the person who had most stubbornly protected the mission statement, initiating this attack based on complete nonsense including distortion of some very old stances. They just waited for an opportunity to pounce and then attack the FSF, collectively. Yes, they sought collective punishment, too.

It gets worse.

Well, they (Bully de Blanc and the Interim GM of OSI, a former IBM et al stooge) have been concurrently attacking software freedom even before the 'cancel mob' was assembled with support from biased and subjective media, based on almost nothing at all (just a little announcement about a return to some board, not even leadership, which Geoffrey Knauth maintains). Their petition backfired so badly that all they do with it right now is remove signatures. Karma still works, doesn’t it?

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