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Gradual improvements at the Linux Foundation

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After last year's blunder with trying to hide the Adobe toolchain and using hilarious stock photos, the Linux Foundation did much better in their 2021 annual report1 published Dec. 6, 2021.

Still they are using the Adobe toolchain (InDesign, Acrobat PDF) and my fellow DebianKernel2 Developer Geert was quick to point that out as the first comment to the LWN note on the publication:

LWN comment from Geert

I think it is important to call the Linux Foundation (LF) out again and again. Adobe is a Silver member of the LF and they can motivate them to publish their applications for Linux. And if that is not an option, there are Free alternatives like Scribus that could well use the exposure and funds of LF to help catch up to the market leading product, Adobe InDesign.

Linux Foundation Annual report 2021, document properties

Personally, as a photographer, I am very happy they used stock images from Unsplash to illustrate the 2021 edition over the cringeworthy Shutterstock footage from last year's report.

And they gave proper credit:

Thank you section for Unsplash from the Linux Foundation 2021 annual report

Now for next year ... find an editor that knows how to spell photographers, please. And consider Scribus. And make Adobe publish their apps for Linux. Thank you.


  1. Update 07.12.2021 22:00 CET: I had to replace the link to the Linux Foundation 2021 annual report with an archive.org one as they updated the report to fix the typo as per the comment from Melissa Schmidt below. Stable URLs are not a thing, apparently. You can find their new report at https://www.linuxfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021_LF_Annual_Report_120721c.pdf. Unless somebody points out more typos. There is a Last-Modified Header in HTTP 1.1. Wordpress, Varnish and Nginx, serving the LF website, all support that. Diff of 2021_LF_Annual_Report_120621a and2021_LF_Annual_Report_120721c 

  2. 08.12.2021: Geert Uytterhoeven wrote in that he is "geert" on LWN, both are very nice Geert's but different Geert's :-) 

No dog food today - the Linux Foundation annual report

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The Linux Foundation has published its annual report today. LWN calls it glossy and yeah, boy, it is shiny.

So shiny that people that work in the publishing industry immediately see this has been produced with the Adobe toolchain which - unfortunately - is one of the big suites of software not yet available for Linux.

Checking the PDF file metadata reveals the keywords "open source, open standards, open hardware, open data". That is what the Linux Foundation is about. Good stuff.

Linux Foundation annual report 2020 cover

The PDF producer meta data for the annual report PDF has been set to "Linux kernel 0.12.1 for Workgroups" and the PDF creator meta data element to "Sharp Zaurus XR-5000 (Maemo5) Edition". Somebody thought to better hide the real data and had some tongue-in-cheek ideas. Kudos.

But nicer would have been to use Open Source software to produce the report, not?

Running strings 2020-Linux-Foundation-Annual-Report_113020.pdf | grep Adobe | wc -l gives us 1229 lines and confirms the suspicion of the toolchain.

A stale /Title (Annual Report 2020) /Producer (macOS Version 10.15.7 \(Build 19H15\) Quartz PDFContext) has been forgotten in the document to tell us about the platform.

So, ladies and gentlemen, the Linux Foundation 2020 annual report has been produced on a Mac.

Running Adobe Creative Cloud on MacOS Catalina 10.15.7.

Which is proprietary software. Its kernel (and some userland pieces) are based on BSD. Not Linux.


The image on the front page also struck me as a bit odd ... using a ballpoint pen on the laptop screen?

Unbranded laptop. Unbranded cup in the foreground.

Kid in the background not paying attention to his tablet.

All of that cries stock image so loud it hurts.

Google currently finds ~560 uses of the picture and any editorial use nicely tells us that it is © Dragana Gordic / Shutterstock.

The image is "Smiling mom working at home with her child on the sofa while writing an email. Young woman working from home, while in quarantine isolation during the Covid-19 health crisis".

See the Daily Mail for a wonderful example of the working mum in context. I hope, if her laptop had been powered on, it would have run Linux. I mean, what else would still run on an old white MacBook with an Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor from 2008?

Daily Mail screenshot of the same stock image used

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Update on Dieselgate emissions cheating, presentation at CCC Congress (33C3)

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During the 33C3 annual CCC Congress in Hamburg I gave a presentation on the developments in Dieselgate over 2016 and the VW strategy in Europe.

You can watch the video (40min) and/or browse the slides.

Video of Daniel's talk

If you want to know why people laughed during Ijon's introduction of the talk ... click here. The video doesn't show this completely due to the camera being switched.

Dieselgate Emissions cheating presentation at CCC Congress (32C3)

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Jake Edge of LWN wrote an excellent article on the presentation Felix and me gave at the 32C3 annual CCC congress in Hamburg, Germany on December 27th, 2015.

If you have an hour to spare, you can watch the video and/or browse the slides.

Video of Daniel and Felix' talk