FLOSS developer intentionally corrupts his libraries and has multiple depending applications print out garbage, stating that "I am no longer going to support Fortune 500s [...] with my free work."

bleepingcomputer.com/news/secu

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@fcr If you don't want to support fortune 500s with your free work, don't publish your work under the MIT license

I can't fathom people in this thread are siding with him. This is a breach of trust in the open source world. The updates were purposefully malicious.

He was allegedly also making a bomb and set his house on fire:

abc7ny.com/suspicious-package-

@Gargron @fcr yeah, I am not siding with the developer. His actions were shitty.

I am underlining the fact that:
1. Microsoft GitHub will block your account if it doesn't like the changes you make to your own code;
2. AGPL is a way better choice of license if one doesn't want to support Big Tech.

@rysiek @fcr Regardless of if it's your code or not, if you upload malware into a widely used software package you deserve to have your account blocked.

@Gargron @fcr I do not see them as *malicious*. these were not cryptominers, no data stealing code, it just rendered the libraries unusable.

"Mischievous" is the word used in the original story, and I think that's a way more accurate description.

@rysiek @Gargron @fcr i suspect many FOSS developers have been caught off guard when some Fortune 500 company starts using their code: “oh, so i didn’t actually want it to be free for everyone. i just wanted it to be free for hobbyists and small cutesy mom and pop shops. if you’re making millions, i want my fair cut, but i didn’t realise that until it happened to me.”

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@thor @Gargron @fcr yup. Hence the sudden rise in weird "anti-capitalist" licenses that actually make the situation worse by fracturing the FLOSS ecosystem.

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