…And Linux creator Linus Torvalds has “taken a leave of absence.”
One of the CoCs is for attendees of Linux Foundation events and the other is for work on the Linux kernel itself, the core of the Linux operating system.
Here’s the CoC for coders who work on the kernel:
The Foundation one is worse; it’s a doozy. Read it here: https://events.linuxfoundation.org/code-of-conduct/
It’s a major SJW victory. When I read it I thought, with many others, “What the hell do they have on Torvalds?” It has all the usual, and worst, provisions we’ve come to expect from this type of thing: The widest possible definition of bad behavior, including saying things that (someone claims to feel) are “offensive,” explicit policing of off-site behavior, explicitly including all communications in any electronic form whatsoever, including before or after Linux events, and pre-emptive targeting of individuals whom someone says they fear might harass them in the future.
We begin with:
Harassment will not be tolerated in any form, including, but not limited to, harassment based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or any other status protected by laws in which the conference or program is being held. Harassment includes the use of abusive, offensive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors.
Of course, anyone can claim that any language is “offensive.” We know how this works. A minority who alleges that a white person said something, anything, they found offensive will be taken at face value. Whitey will be persecuted. A white man who objects to someone saying “All white people are evil” will be ignored at best, and treated as if his complaint is itself “offensive” at worst.
Note too the prohibition on “harassing photography or recording,” which in practice will mean, “We won’t let a man use video/audio evidence to defend himself from a false accusation.” At least one college went after a male student for this very reason a couple of years ago. A woman says you raped her. What, your video proves you didn’t? Well, the very fact that you took video is itself a crime!
How does the Left get away with this shit?
It gets worse, so much worse. This next passage defies commentary; you just have to read it:
Individuals who participate (or plan to participate) in Linux Foundation events should conduct themselves at all times in a manner that comports with both the letter and spirit of this policy prohibiting harassment and abusive behavior, whether before, during or after the event. This includes statements made in social media postings, online publications, text messages, and all other forms of electronic communication.
Then there are “Pre-Event Concerns”:
If you are planning to attend an upcoming event and have concerns regarding another individual who may be present, please contact [XYZ]. Precautions will be taken to ensure your comfort and safety, including, but not limited to: providing an escort, prepping onsite event staff, keeping victim and harasser from attending the same talks/social events.
So you can be kept out of an event by someone pre-emptively saying they’re afraid that you might “harrass” them. Because the complainer is not going to be the one kept out of an event.
Meanwhile, Linus Torvalds is taking a leave of absence “to reflect on his past behavior.” WHAT THE FUCK?! What the hell do they have on him? Torvalds now says that he loves Big Brother: https://www.zdnet.com/article/linus-torvalds-takes-a-break-from-linux/
From now on, or in the very near future, Linux must be regarded as not secure as an operating system.
My advice is to download a copy of the Linux operating system now to CD or other medium. It’s free and you don’t have to do anything with it; just have it lying around. And a total newb can install it, in case you want to. I know because I *was* a total newb. I had never installed an operating system before. Last year I downloaded a copy of the Linux OS and successfully installed it on my computer. Everything worked. They design it so that it can be done by non-experts.
High-tech hardware required? No, I put Linux on my desktop, which I got at WalMart!
The entire process probably only took an hour, altogether. (This ignores the preliminary shredding of my old operating system (Windows) which you just start running and then go to bed; it wipes your hard drive while you sleep.)
So my advice is, download Linux and keep it. In the future, you might be hella glad you have a non-SJW-corrupted version available. And even if you don’t want to muck around at the OS level of your computer, someone else you know might be very glad that you can provide them with a copy.