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Red Hat is Bragging, Knowing That It's Killing People for Profit With Raytheon and Lockheed Martin (That's Not Freedom, It's Death)

The latest white-washing spin/slant is "Hey Hi" (like Maven)



Summary: Red Hat, which pretends to have moral high ground over the Free software community, has Red Blood on its hands; today was a reminder of that

THE "ETHICS" of wars -- and of militarism in general -- are relative; for instance, if another nation invades yours, then you could argue to be defending your home and family. But Raytheon and Lockheed Martin aren't defending their homeland; they occupy and colonise for the (still most dominant) global empire.



How does Red Hat fit into this? Well, 2 days ago the video above was published and merely 8 hours ago there was another with Red Hat and Lockheed Martin. Those might seem like some friendly reconnaissance drones, but don't be mistaken. See this keynote from 3 years ago. In Red Hat Summit 2019, Lockheed Martin bragged about war planes. Audience excited by militarism? Of course! Lots of ovations. Also see "Lockheed Martin taps Red Hat for F 22 Raptor". Bombers, fighters, you name it...

Red Hat!

And no less than 40% of today's Weekly Roundup from Red Hat was about Lockheed Martin [1, 2]. So Red Hat boasts about killing people with a big client, which must be pocketing a lot of money right now because of the war in Ukraine. And later on they lecture the FSF on ethics?

A few hours ago Red Hat linked to its own paid-for puff piece, which says: "The Lockheed Martin use case was about providing direct control to drones that had already been deployed but might need to have their mission altered in flight."

Not just drones; also planes that drop very heavy bombs.

It's not just Lockheed Martin, either.

As we noted a few years ago, Red Hat had rewarded Raytheon (special honours) and it was headed by military generals. It's like Red Hat is an extension of the Department of War (now euphemistically known as Department of Defence or DoD). Biggest client by far?

Here's a series of videos where Raytheon reciprocates with Red Hat endorsements [1, 2, 3, 4]. This whole thing is no laughing matter. People are dying. Women and children dismembered by bombs will certainly not be happy to know the missiles were backed by Red Hat(TM) OpenShift(R) at the back end. They will not die happily because of the openwashing.

Earlier today we posted a story about yet another large company that abandons Red Hat. In fact, Red Hat must be running out of high-profile clients and cases studies to boast/brag about. Quite a few dumped the company, seeing what IBM does to the products (formerly "projects"; there used to be an actual community), seeing how many managers leave the company, and spotting the rapid exodus of engineers.

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