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Old 01-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #1
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Linux Foundation quietly scraps individual memberships

Now you can only be a 'supporter' with no voting rights

25 Jan 2016 at 16:02, Tim Anderson

The Linux Foundation has quietly amended its bylaws so that individual members, now called "supporters", no longer have the right to elect board members.

The Linux Foundation is a non-profit association which sponsors those developing the Linux kernel, including Linus Torvalds, and runs various collaborative projects to set standards and support use of Linux.

It has more than 500 corporate members, including IBM, Intel, Oracle, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Google and Facebook.

Until recently, individuals could also join the association, paying $99 for a package which included a email address and the ability to run for and vote in elections for a Linux Foundation board seat.

This type of membership is no longer available. In its place is an Individual Supporter scheme that gets you an email address and various discounts, but no voting rights.

Corporate control of Linux takes another step forward...


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