everything wrong with free software

 "obedience breeds foolishness"

### gnu-collapse-will-happen-by-2029 *originally posted:* jan 2022 now, this is one i could be wrong about. i already declared gnu dead in september. i predicted thumbdrives, fpgas and computerised music collections, the stallman ousting and the purchase of red hat-- but i could have been wrong about any of those (and really expected to be more often than i was). but in practically all of these predictions, they were faster to arrive than i expected. years ago, some really treacherous developers rigged debian for demolition. like gnu, debian no longer stands for anything remotely like what it did once. when i say gnu will collapse, i mean the project will fall out from the middle of itself until it is flattened. already gnu contains a plethora of treacherous developers. im mostly focused on the gnu.fools, who were only the alpha team. not all of the traitors went with the gnu.fools, the people interested in selling out gnu never cared about any of the gnu.fools objectives (other than pushing censorship into the centre of the free software movement, a pretty universal goal of gnus attackers at this point) but the destruction has not ended. the gnu.fools coup was more like the invasion of poland. it is an occupation, however modest and laughable it may appear, and the techrights treadmill ignorantly pooh poohs its broad (and underreported) corporate backing while poking around at osi (old news more than anything else) with forensic tweezers. all techrights ever really cared about was open source, the term "free software sentry" is mere co-opting. stallman has been transformed (ceremonially) from leader to errand boy, being sent on wild goose chases and coffee runs while the rest of the project is dismantled. just to refresh you on what techrights said years ago, gnu (represented as open source typically does, with a fucking penguin) was already being carved up for parts and sent to the github chop shop (now owned by microsoft) for formerly libre software. i suppose we are intended to think that because stallman is back (hes not) that someone is going to put a stop to this trend (they arent). anyone dismantling gnu would be foolish to do it from the outside, ibm has clearly started in the middle with gcc and gdb-- not like anybody will miss those! the build infrastructure is is like an abandoned and corroded soviet bunker, while the replacements offered are ticky tacky bloated drywall shacks that wouldnt stand up to a stiff breeze-- designed that way because its the penchant of nearly every proprietary and mostly-proprietary copro-rate developer to do so. the overall pattern of gnu maintenance over the past several years is indistinguishable from termite infestation. but it doesnt matter, the termites were hungry and it wont be rot of any sort that brings gnu down, it will be pulled down directly by the corporations who purchased it just like github and red hat. ### no matter how much corporations are involved in such a thing, techrights will ultimately play it DOWN after the dust settles so it can run a delusional and self-congratulatory victory lap following its reporting. but that will not actually DO anything that techrights claims, other than set up the next story and cycle of bullshit. roy is a silly person who thinks that because theyre no longer making payments that the purchase was cancelled. he might be right, if the money was returned. techrights doesnt have the ability to examine more than one story at a time worth a damn, and acts like all that money was to purchase ONE SINGLE PROBLEM which now is thankfully over. that might also be true, if the problem on the invoice was the end of free software itself-- but even im not that pessimistic. it was a shopping list. the fsf would never sell a big ticket item like that. but they were foolish and/or corrupt enough to sell it off in individual pieces. the gnu developers (overall) are not even interested in preventing this. the projects within gnu that get the most support are the same ones that have rigged gnu for destruction (and most likely the ones that forged stallmans personal website resignation). the fsfs culture of secrecy provides the perfect cover. note that years ago, daniel pocock (yes, stop reading there, this article wasnt written for you anyway) complained bitterly about the fsfe enacting policies against whistleblowers. note also that pocock was the one who discovered and reported censorship on the gnu mailing lists of stallman supporters-- people within gnu were still censoring stallman (who never stepped down from the gnu project) after his return to the board and after the gnu.fools coup. a partial timeline: * political censorship at lieplanet, which kicked off the coup (december 2018) * official censorship policies at fsfe against whistleblowers * technical censorship of stallman supporters on fsf mailing lists * unofficial censorship policies backed by trademark fraud inserted into projects co-opted by gnu.fools * censorship of stallman himself (possibly even as internal policy / nda he cant override as non-president) even after his return * official censorship policies at fsf against whistleblowers (december 2021) the mention of fsfe may seem out of place, but the point is this is a pattern of organisational corruption (also there are overlaps in large donors) censorship and takeover. while the techrights treadmill acts as fsf mouthpiece and lies to readers to appease informers (who could even be lying or using techrights for their own purposes) quiet discussions happen in side channels where at least SOME of these concerns are discussed, then dismissed without any conclusion. nonetheless, gnu is being dismantled faster than it can rot. the pieces will go where they go, and gnu will be reduced from an operating system to applications, requiring infrastructure (hosting as well as software) that gnu itself has no real control over. at this point, the technical failure of gnu to follow its mission will be clear: gnu will be (already is) controlled by the same corporations that gnu was effectively a rebellion from. yes, gnu was created to stand against monopolies APART FROM microsoft and ibm. its really a nitpick, when all the technologies that gnu was designed to replace originally have changed hands so many times and modern computing (the sort most people do-- including most of the people who use gnu/linux) is owned primarily by the same people that are working to dismantle and ultimately own gnu. the bleak picture described here is not without some opportunities for those who stand for freedom-- gnu will be rebuilt a number of times, the point is that what is now known as gnu will no longer be viable or free or maintained by people who care about your freedom. what the fsf (a defunct organisation) will ultimately do with gnu will be no different than what debian has done to itself or what the owners of linux have done to the kernel. and you would think that being an entirely (indisputably) DIFFERENT sort of organisation and project would prevent that-- until you realise that the coup was actually successful, it is hiding under the cover of presumed (but factually unsupported) failure, and that the different sort of organisation is no longer different and no longer runs gnu-- the FORMER sponsors do. gnu is not just dead-- it will be continually robbed for parts (as techrights actually alluded to years ago). now, you cant rob what belongs to everybody, obviously. but of course you can. corporations have been robbing the public domain for decades at a minimum. the way you rob the public is by taking what everyone has and putting it under the control of a few who keep the public out. not only is that the penchant of monopolies and the endgame of open source, it is the modus operandi of the tax-free software foundation-- to turn free labour into products that are controlled by monopolies, who put relatively nothing financial into their development. open source is a bait-and-switch scam. and this is what they scored from their mark: gnu itself. by the time this operation is complete, gnu will not be gnu anymore. the fsf will not run it, the gnu developers will be more like unpaid employees, and ultimately the present fate of red hat will be the fate of gnu itself. (expect techrights to exaggerate fedoras recovery as well). it was always the plan, but almost certainly NOT for the fsf, at the time. indeed, the fsf (and osi) posted the plan online many years ago. i wont really need to make it up then, even years ago when the plan was leaked, it had already been executed against countless companies-- and some organisations. some gnu developers will hold on, but you will see a shakeup in gnu the way that debian has had shakeups since 2014. the latter has only grown more corporate. gnu has done the same. neither stand for anything anymore, least of all the freedom for users to control their computing. the avalanche has already started-- its at the top, while people further down are standing around saying "do you hear that?" instead of running for your life, youll more likely only be fleeing to look for whats left of computing freedom. but thats more than their moneys worth, for the people that bought and sold gnu. => https://wrongwithfreesw.neocities.org