The OSI and Bruce need your signature
The news today is actually arriving not from Michael Tiemann (shown on the right), who keeps a relatively low profile. Bruce Perens, as you are probably aware, is one of the louder and best-known protesters against the Microsoft/Novell deal. He continues to focus on this issue, which he has not forgotten. He wants to keep Microsoft out of the OSI’s board as well, possibly preventing an effect akin to that of companies like Novell inside the Linux Foundation.
Here is the link to the letter and a selective excerpt.
Unfortunately, running for the OSI board is going to be painful. Some oppose my action against vendor excesses like the Novell-Microsoft agreement. And there’s bad blood from the past – some of it my fault. I’m sure this campaign will inspire ad-hominem material about me on the net, etc. That’s another reason that I’ll need your support.
I’ve signed his letter (also mentioning OSBC 2008 in the process) and I encourage you to do the same if you object to Novell’s perversion of the FOSS ecosystem with the 'mixed source' strategy it takes so much pride in.
Yesterday we posted a link to the Wall Street-Linux event. Guess who will be rubbing shoulders with the attendant over there? Microsoft. Yes indeedy! Microsoft sponsors yet another event that revolves around its #1 competitive threat.
Microsoft is just one of many sponsors. MS must keep their fingers in all the pies, it also makes them look like they support openness. Plus, FUD doesn’t just happen spontaneously, someone’s gotta be there to generate it and spread it around, and no company on Earth can do that better than Microsoft.
Microsoft is likely to encourage companies in this event to choose only ‘legitimate’ Linuxes (i.e. ones that are Microsoft cash cows) and also warn people about their ‘precious’ intellectual monopolies. Attendants have complained before about Microsoft’s invasions which are intended to just bring brainwash (Microsoft called it “balance”).
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Bruce Perens at the launch event of GPLv3