Yes, I know LinuxCon is next, and that’s in mid-August, but I think they’ve got the publicity thing covered, especially with the 20-year thing and with Linus being there and all. But if you’re going to the next show, make it the Ohio LinuxFest in September. Bradley Kuhn and Cathy Malmrose are keynoting, so you’ll not want to miss that (especially Cathy — Go ZaReason!)
Brian Proffitt posted an excellent story from LinuxCon North America this morning expanding on the FUD — Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt, for those of you keeping score at home — that has followed Linux over the past 20 years.
Rather than repeat them here, go ahead and check out the story here.
Back in 2007, I proposed — and had a list of nominees — having an award called The Elmers. This award, of course, was named after Elmer Fudd (two Ds, I know), and is given to those who presented the most outrageous and ridiculous FUD. I even missed some of the more classic FUDmeisters in the first item, so I corrected that here.
Now if we could only get Rob Enderle and Ken Hess to be presenters . . . .
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Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.
After writing my last entry, I went to bed thinking that I had forgotten to mention someone. And as I have been reminded in many of the posts in the last entry, I did — possibly the biggest FUD-meister of them all.
So here’s his nomination:
Rob Enderle: As one of the Four Horsemen of the FUD-pocalypse, Rob Enderle seems to have never missed an opportunity to malign GNU/Linux in the years that he’s been a self-proclaimed “one of the most recognized commentators on tech” heading The Enderle Group (which I am told, but can’t confirm, may only consists of Mr. and Mrs. Enderle). As of late, his efforts to provide “a unique perspective on personal technology products and trends” (the Enderle Group’s raison d’etre, although it’s a mystery why “. . . while spoon-feeding the public Microsoft’s propaganda because we’re Redmond’s lap dog” is not part of that, truth-in-advertising laws being what they are . . . ) have given us such gems as “Open Source if Losing its Momentum” (after talking with non-FOSS software executives, and you would expect them to say, “Oh absolutely — FOSS is completely kicking our ass,” right Rob?), and (paraphrasing) “monopolies make the best business sense” — yeah, for fascist dictatorships, Rob. And never mind that Rob thinks you’re a communist and a terrorist for being a GNU/Linux user.
[In fairness, there is one other nomination that was received in an LXer.com forum thanks to a poster named dinotrac, and that would be . . . .]
Larry Cafiero: This print journalist whose career spans three decades over two continents saw the FOSS light last year, and has taken up evangelizing for software choice and against software and hardware hegemony, whether it’s Redmond’s or Cupertino’s. He plans to publish Open Source and Free Software Reporter, a bimonthly print magazine, in January while currently maintaining Open Source Reporter and this blog. While characteristically avoiding the chore of rearranging his living room so three iMacs (with different distros) aren’t taking up space on a coffee table, he came up with The Elmers — an award for those spreading disinformation and misinformation about FOSS. However, this newby GNU/Linux evangelist had the unmitigated audacity, in the eyes of one LXer.com forum denizen, to “imply” that .Net won’t run on GNU/Linux. In his defense, he would like to take that back, but ask “why anyone would . . .?,” hoping that answer is forthcoming.
[However, how ethical would it be to win an award that I proposed? Not very, so I cannot accept dinotrac's nomination, but not without thanks and a tip of the hat to the one making this nomination.]
Further nominations will still be accepted . . .
(Larry Cafiero, editor/publisher of Open Source Reporter, is an associate member of the Free Software Foundation.)