Has the Linux Foundation Sold Out to VMware? Probably Not


Has the Linux Foundation, the most powerful nonprofit organization in the open source world, sold out to corporate interests? And how committed is it to defending the GPL free software license? Those are questions some critics are asking in the wake of recent changes to the Linux Foundation’s by-laws.

As former Red Hat (and current CoreOS) employee Matthew Garrett first noted, the Linux Foundation in mid-January modified its by-laws so that individual members of the organization can no longer participate in elections for the organization’s board of directors. …In some ways, this change would seem relatively minor. It’s not as if the Linux Foundation is now only allowing corporations to join, or excluding non-corporate viewpoints entirely.

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