| ||Ask HN: Am I crazy to distrust the CNCF?|
4 points by hardwaresofton on July 27, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments |
|If you've got a tin foil hat close by this would be the time to put it on.|
I've vaguely distrusted the CNCF for a long time now. While I like the majority of what they're doing (helping fund and manage open source projects), it's never sat right to me... Companies don't move out/donate large sums out of pure altruism, and the consistent and persistent (successful) branding attempts everywhere, really trying to burn the word "CNCF" and the marketing term "cloud native" into your mind, and sheer amount of projects they're funding/supporting in some way smacks of the VC-backed "high-growth" startup play that never pans out as well for customers as it does for VCs/early founders.
Up until now, I've vaguely thought their goal was only establishing themselves as the de-facto standard for "cloud computing", basically spreading massive good will now so they can reap the rewards later, and signalling themselves to big companies. However it just dawned on me that the actual goal might be subtly influencing free/open source products via their "graduation"/standardization process. Projects that deserve to "graduate" will essentially have to bend to "standards" set by the CNCF/Linux Foundation and resulting their top backers to them the most.
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