Linux Foundation Removes Community Membership

Let me start by admitting, I’ve never been a Linux guy, but open source-ness is in my blood. Since 1999 via C# Corner, I’ve shared millions of lines of code via thousands of articles, blogs, and code snippets.

I just read an interesting article, Linux Foundation quietly drops community representation, and did some digging on the Linux Foundation website, and it seems like the Linux Foundation has dropped the community representation from its membership. From the Linux Foundation website:

ARTICLE III

Membership

Section 3.1 Classes of Membership. There shall be three classes of membership in this corporation: (i) Platinum; (ii) Gold; and (iii) Silver. As used herein, the term “member” may be used to refer generically to a Platinum Member, Gold Member, or a Silver Member.

Section 3.2 Membership Qualifications. The following shall be the requirements for membership in each membership class:

(a) Platinum Members. The Platinum Members shall be individuals and entities that engage in or support the production, manufacture, use, sale or standardization of Linux or other open source-based technologies. A Platinum Member shall pay the annual membership dues identified on Schedule A to these Bylaws (the “Membership Dues Schedule”). A Platinum Member shall cease to be a member in the event of its resignation or expulsion from this corporation.

(b) Gold Members. Gold Members shall be individuals and entities that engage in or support the production, manufacture, use, sale, or standardization of Linux or other open source-based technologies. A Gold Member shall pay the annual membership dues identified on the Membership Dues Schedule. A Gold Member shall cease to be a member in the event of its resignation or expulsion from this corporation.

(c) Silver Members. Silver Members shall be individuals and entities that engage in or support the production, manufacture, use, sale, or standardization of Linux or other open source-based technologies. A Silver Member shall pay the annual membership dues identified on the Membership Dues Schedule. A Silver Member shall cease to be a member in the event of its resignation or expulsion from this corporation.

Isn’t the community that made Linux what it is today? They why change? If anything, with the rise of open source-ness, they should have increased the community representation.

What do you think? Get it out now?