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This Past Week the Linux Foundation Ran a Massive Misinformation Campaign in Texas and It Paid Media/Publishers to Repeat Lies/Spin

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Summary: The so-called 'Linux' Foundation is promoting or defending software patents; to make matters worse, it continues its Microsoft greenwashing campaign, it's openwashing mass surveillance, and it is paying so-called 'journalists' to play along*

THE Linux Foundation's PR show has ended. It was a physical presence event and it was full of lies, spin, and worse.



We've documented dozens of examples in the Daily Links (here in Techrights throughout the week) and these were more suitably catalogued here and here (not a complete/exhaustive list but still fairly comprehensive with editorial comments attached).

"Microsoft, Open Invention Network (OIN), and the Linux Foundation are in this together..."Only a few hours ago in Slashdot we saw Linux Foundation promotion of a Linux Foundation podcast entitled 'Untold Stories of Open Source' outsourced to Microsoft proprietary software (don't miss the irony!). The people on these episodes probably don't even use GNU/Linux, they're just milking the brand for corporate agenda, on the payroll of companies that actively attack Linux and try to replace Linux (or its licence, which Torvalds really likes). A few years ago the OSI’s cofounder Bruce Perens called the Linux Foundation "an {GPL} infringer’s club” and he wasn't wrong. Days ago the Linux Foundation moreover promoted patent propaganda, in effect parroting the lies told by IBM about software patents. Microsoft, Open Invention Network (OIN), and the Linux Foundation are in this together (we put that in Daily Links). As Perens put it: "Open Invention Network protects patents from Linux, not the other way around." ______ * As noted in the video, bribes for journalists are funneled in from corporations to the Linux Foundation, which in turn pays the publishers that pays writers' salary. It's a clever multi-layered bribery mechanism.

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