As we can read in recent news, VMware has become a gold member of the Linux foundation. That causes – to say the least – very mixed feelings to me.
One thing to keep in mind: The Linux Foundation is an industry association, it exists to act in the joint interest of it’s paying members. It is not a charity, and it does not act for the public good. I know and respect that, while some people sometimes appear to be confused about its function.
However, allowing an entity like VMware to join, despite their many years long disrespect for the most basic principles of the FOSS Community (such as: Following the GPL and its copyleft principle), really is hard to understand and accept.
Why hard to understand? The article explains the reasoning perfectly – this is the Linux Foundation, a commercially-focused industry group, which counts such noted open-source proponents as Oracle and Microsoft among their “platinum” members (by comparison, real Linux companies like Red Hat and Canonical are both “silver” members). VMWare isn’t exactly out of place here..
The Linux Foundation only cares about money.
I speak to people who are fairly close to its operations and the leaders.. and they all say… it’s all about money, forget principles or ideals or goals.