Bloomberg thinks that Microsoft has won over Open Source. I can't speak for them, but they certainly haven't won over me or any Free Software folks I know.

Every action they've taken is in line with their Halloween Document goals. They've embraced through acquisition, and they've put themselves in the line of information and fiscal flow through controlling Github and now this payment system.

The risk to our community by them taking it away is too great to ignore.

@emacsen I think the truth is that open source as an idea has won. It just doesn't look that way because consumer desktops are a lot more visible to us than embedded devices and cloud servers.

The worry now is large tech companies co-opting it (Microsoft is not the only one doing this, the community is just more wary of them as "the old enemy") or making critical infrastructure dependent on components that may only have one or a handful of unpaid volunteers instead of actually contributing.


@TreacherousNexus The fear for me is that "Open Source" has traditionally not been about the ethics. That's changed, slowly, as the leadership of the OSI has changed, but until the core principles of liberty are what people care about, it's easily co-opted.

Yes, Micosoft is an old boogeyman, but I'm providing a roadmap to actual community acceptance

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