05.02.22

A Look From the Inside: Open Source Initiative’s Voting Process is a Sham, Large Corporations Are in Charge

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Google, IBM, Microsoft, OSI, Red Hat at 3:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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OSI Controlled by Billionaires
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Summary: The Open Source Initiative (OSI) is dominated by openwashing, self-serving giant corporations that are neither Open Source nor tolerant of the Free/Open Source community (they mostly try to dominate or overthrow the community, using money and smear campaigns)

“STEP ASIDE, Richard Stallman, we’ll take it from here!”

“Move over, Bruce Perens, we’ll do a much better job! Everything is now Open Source!”

“Go away, ESR, we know better what we’re doing. Leave it to the professionals, the rich adults in the room!”

That’s the sort of attitude we nowadays see in the OSI, which wasn’t always this bad. According to part one of this very long write-up, the voting process too is a sham, and not purely due to technical reasons — a subject we’ve covered here many times before.

In the eye of an ‘insider’, Willis: “So it’s a troubling ballot to look at. There’s an ostensibly non-profit organization that’s an official OSI affiliate trying to run its CEO as an individual candidate while also running a second member (a board director) on the appropriate, affiliate ballot in the same election. There’s also two financial sponsors running candidates on the individual ballot, one of them (Red Hat) running two candidates at the same time for the two open seats.”

“The OSI is willing to berate and banish even its own founders. Criticism isn’t permitted.”LWN has already mentioned this, but there are no comments at this time. “Nathan Willis,” LWN says, “took a long look at the Open Source Initiative’s 2022 board election and wasn’t entirely pleased with what he saw.”

If Willis said this about the Linux Foundation, there would be disciplinary action. As we noted recently, the Code of Conduct (CoC) Committee received “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 merely questioning a process is a CoC violation?

Anyway, this is where we stand now. The OSI is willing to berate and banish even its own founders. Criticism isn’t permitted.

“They know who bosses them. The oligarchs bought and paid for both of those institutions, in effect rendering them lobbying apparatuses for the billionaires, who use the Code of Conduct to ban people who criticise them.”The OSI is already sold (to Microsoft mostly, as that’s where most of the OSI’s budget goes). Like the so-called “Linux” (only in name) Foundation, community is now something to be marginalised and “disciplined”. The corporations are concern-trolling us. They wait for a reaction and then they attack the community.

The OSI and the so-called “Linux” (only in name) Foundation are broken beyond redemption. They cannot be redeemed anymore because everything in them is controlled by corporate money. Their chiefs are a mix of corporate employees and people hired using corporate money. They know who bosses them. The oligarchs bought and paid for both of those institutions, in effect rendering them lobbying apparatuses for the billionaires, who use the Code of Conduct to ban people who criticise them. Openwashing is being force-fed now. Polluters are "green", proprietary spyware is “open”, and racist corporations working for the Pentagon are all about inclusion and diversity (they claim).

LWN says Nathan Willis “wasn’t entirely pleased with what he saw.” What an understatement! We’ve not even seen part 2 yet. I express my views on the matter in the video above.

04.28.22

Lunduke Touches an Important Set of Issues, But Still Gets Pertinent Details a Little Wrong

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, OSI at 2:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Straw Men and Non-Secrets
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Summary: There are arguments that are worth correcting; following straw man arguments from Lunduke about the Linux Foundation‘s involvement in vaccine passports [1, 2] we now see a number of similar claims about OSI and Mozilla. I respond in video form.

THIS new article was sent to us a few times. It’s entitled “6 Dirty Secrets of the Linux and Open Source Industry” although they’re not secrets (Lunduke admitd this) and one can nit-pick/correct the terms a little. If one is pedantic…

But one needn’t be too pedantic to point out a few little inaccuracies here and there. The article covers a number of issues we’ve touched here many times before and in the video I show a number of points that can help those institutions being criticised (they might argue that that the accusations are factually inaccurate and thus the whole thesis, or all six points, are just “conspiracy theory” or something along those lines).

“We’ve noticed that “LF” closely watches what’s being said about it. These people won’t respond directly to their critics; instead they use PR tactics to distract from the real issues.”The part about NFTs is new; we mentioned this some days ago and saw that again in the Linux Foundation’s site yesterday. To quote: “The Carbon Footprint of NFTs – NFTs are simultaneously overhyped and met with both skepticism and a general lack of understanding on what they are and how they work.”

Well, the “LF” folks are now associating “Linux” with a scheme. They’re now boosting a scam! under the guise of “Research”! How is that beneficial to Linux?

Suffice to say, “LF” does even worse things, such as Microsoft openwashing and incubation (for proprietary traps). Here’s an example only days old.

GCCN is mentioned by Lunduke and almost on the exact same day the “LF” wrote about it, possibly to distract from what he had published. This has absolutely nothing to do with Linux and the author, the newly-hired Dan Whiting, never even used it.

We’ve noticed that “LF” closely watches what’s being said about it. These people won’t respond directly to their critics; instead they use PR tactics to distract from the real issues.

04.19.22

Tidelift is Connected to Microsoft and It Does Not Spread a Positive Message for the Free/Open Source Community

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FUD, Microsoft, OSI at 5:39 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Lifting the Veil of Tidelift
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Summary: Tidelift seems to be concern-trolling the Free/Open Source community; looking at who’s actually behind Tidelift, this is hardly surprising

WHO or what exactly is Tidelift? Well, we’re not asking here what Tidelift once was — and the same is true for the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation and OSI, which incidentally overlaps with Tidelift to some degree. They aren’t what they used to be; over time they started to align more and more with proprietary software companies’ agenda — more so after they had taken money from them.

As I explain in the video above, which is based on some research we did earlier today, Tidelift is promoting Microsoft talking points (links omitted by intention), badmouthing Free software, and hiring people it probably ought not hire.

“On the thin surface, this organisation seems like another OSI if not worse; mind the name, which says nothing about source or freedom or sharing or even “open”!”As of this moment, Tidelift’s “Our story” says in big letters: “Here’s what we know. Open source software is incredible, but it’s got some issues.”

Sounds or smells like concern-trolling, right?

This is the approach of Black Duck and sites that enthusiastically amplify it. They don’t want Free software to succeed but to surrender or to fall into the hands of its adversaries.

On the thin surface, this organisation seems like another OSI if not worse; mind the name, which says nothing about source or freedom or sharing or even “open”!

“See some of the people who blog on behalf of Tidelift (Simmons for instance); one has to wonder if they’re only pretending to speak ‘for’ us whilst in fact speaking for the likes of Microsoft (Simmons boasted that half of the OSI’s budget goes towards boosting Microsoft GitHub).”Looking thinly and superficially beneath the shallow surface, we’ve found out they’re bankrolled by ‘curious’ entities. TideLift is partly funded by ‘former’ Microsoft as the General Manager of General Catalyst (Quentin Clark). He is a longtime Microsoft booster, in effect trying to reform the image of a company that commits crimes and attacks Free software. Now it is joining the Microsoft-led FUD campaign (sleight of hand), only to be cited by openwashing fronts (i.e. proponents of proprietary stuff in “open” clothing). Clark worked for 20 years at Microsoft, now he’s behind funding for Tidelift. Not too long ago he was in an interview entitled “Lessons From Working with Bill Gates”. See some of the people who blog on behalf of Tidelift (Simmons for instance); one has to wonder if they’re only pretending to speak ‘for’ us whilst in fact speaking for the likes of Microsoft (Simmons boasted that half of the OSI's budget goes towards boosting Microsoft GitHub).

“Black Duck and Snyk and other fake fronts” are a big problem, an associate told us. “I have met people fooled by Black Duck [and] most people don’t know where to turn for information so they believe the marketing lies spread by the two…”

Add Tidelift to that same bucket.

03.30.22

Microsoft: Bribing With Both Hands

Posted in Deception, Marketing, Microsoft, OSI at 3:32 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Redmonk

Redmonk Microsoft bribes

OSI

OSI Microsoft bribes

Summary: Bribery is the main modus operandi of Microsoft; don’t fall for the lie/delusion of GitHub being a separate company

“Analysts sell out – that’s their business model… But they are very concerned that they never look like they are selling out, so that makes them very prickly to work with.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

03.22.22

[Meme] Goodbye to the OSI’s Microsoft Treasure(r)

Posted in Microsoft, OSI at 7:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Context: The Libel Initiative: OSI President Falsely Insinuates OSI Critics Are Homophobic and Requests Censorship of Wikipedia (for OSI) | In the Latest OSI Tax Filing (From the IRS), Filed 13 Months Ago, Only 4% of the Revenue Comes From Members (People, Not Corporations) and $252,702 Goes to Microsoft Projects (Propping Up Proprietary Software Monopoly)

Open Source Initiative goodbyes

Yesterday:

Criticising the OSI is homophobic

Summary: It’s the end for the OSI Treasurer and Board ‘ringleader’ who took money from Microsoft (in turn giving most of the OSI’s money back to Microsoft, promoting its proprietary software as if OSI became the Openwashing Initiative, not the Open Source Initiative)

03.18.22

An Alliance of Hate and Intolerance

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FSF, Microsoft, OSI at 12:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Provocation Against Software Freedom
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Summary: The corporate front groups and Microsoft-funded organisations (LF, OSI, SFC) are attacking the FSF and the uploaded image below is real, except the text; it seems clear that Microsoft money is very costly as it dooms organisations, turning them against their original goals or purported mission

THE Linux Foundation published this fluff yesterday, reminding us that the Linux Foundation isn’t about Linux and isn’t even about technology (mindless greenwashing isn't technology). Likewise, about a day earlier the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation signed its political statement in a worrisome way. A full-time Microsoft employee now speaks ‘for’ the ‘Linux’ Foundation. How on Earth was this allowed to happen? I discuss that in the video above.

LF+SFC=Microsoft fundingLooking at the OSI, yesterday it had an announcement to make regarding openwashing (comments in LWN), but only a couple of days earlier it was promoting proprietary GitHub for Microsoft, wrongly portraying it as an open source thing. Does one hand know what the other hand is doing? The OSI is basically defunct. It’s controlled by Microsoft through the finances.

If Microsoft now controls or speaks for “Linux” and for “Open Source”, then what is next? Will they just use LF and OSI figureheads to attack the FSF? Of course they will. Moreover, they’re funding the SFC, which also participates in the attack on the FSF and now advertises “Hippocratic License” trolls (typically promoted by the “LF” crowd), courtesy of Bradley M. Kuhn. They basically strive to exclude people. Like the FSFE, SFC is like a bit like a splinter group and it’s closely connected to OSI, where it sent an employee to become the OSI's interim GM.

03.15.22

Another Rapid Escalation: Microsoft Now Runs the Open Source Initiative’s Web Site, Promoting Proprietary Software in It

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, OSI at 3:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: [Video] Open Source Initiative (OSI) Board of Directors Chair and Former Treasurer: Half of Our Money Goes to Microsoft Stuff | OSI Taken Over (Even More Than Before) by Microsoft, Whereas FSF Removes Troublemakers | Under the Leadership of Stefano Maffulli as Executive Director, the OSI is Still Controlled by Microsoft, Promoting Proprietary Software Like GitHub |In the Latest OSI Tax Filing (From the IRS), Filed 13 Months Ago, Only 4% of the Revenue Comes From Members (People, Not Corporations) and $252,702 Goes to Microsoft Projects (Propping Up Proprietary Software Monopoly)

Moments ago:

GitHub’s The ReadME Project elevates the open source community through education and mentorship

Summary: The OSI has quit pretending that it has a mind of its own; check the names of blog authors (yes, it’s Microsoft and GitHub is proprietary software)

03.10.22

Is Open Source Against Equality Now?

Posted in Free/Libre Software, OSI at 9:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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OSI and Neglect of Freedom
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Summary: A Microsoft-infiltrated OSI (Microsoft has in fact helped Vladimir Putin) flexes its muscles by basically watering down the Open Source Definition (OSD) and giving a platform to known trolls, whose goal is to undermine the Freedom of Free software (to impose their worldviews on others)

THE OSI statement, issued late on Wednesday (yesterday), seems redundant and disturbing for a number of reasons, which are covered in the above video.

It’s no secret that ‘Ethical Source’ isn’t about ethics and isn’t even compatible with Open Source. Why does the OSI give attention to those people?

We’ve already covered the subject in previous articles and videos [1, 2, 3].

OSI and GitHubThe OSI could focus on the Open Source Definition without jumping into the “let’s ban entire nations” bandwagon. Leave the “collective punishment” crowd aside. You hurt innocent people, including Free software volunteers/contributors, based on thoroughly misguided assumptions.

Allowing users to run their software as they wish (without conditions and restrictions such as discriminatory exclusions) is “important to free software”, one person said in IRC. But “”open source” software has responded to the war by either violating software freedoms and adding a terms of use to their license, or sabotaging Russians by ruining their Russian localization file [...] software freedoms don’t mean anything to these developers because they have been abstracted away by “open source”…”

This is how the FSF has responded to these issues. No need for expulsions; expelling people who aren’t even supporting Putin isn’t justice but an injustice.

“So Red Hat, SuSE, and Docker are about to learn what being open source actually means. You’d think they would already know, but apparently not,” said this one person in LXer yesterday afternoon (under “What part of open source do they not understand?”), so the sentiment is widespread, even among some Americans.

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