Omy. I’ve written before about how it seems that GNU/Linux and many free open-source projects seem to attract people with a politically left-wing bent. It’s certainly true on Diaspora /Friendica/Hubzilla/Mastodon etc., where my Stream (feed) was full of anti-capitalism, Trump-hate, Antifa, and even Nazi propaganda. I blocked and/or ignored many more people on Diaspora than I shared with because of all the politics in that network. But Linux is supposed to be largely neutral politically, right?
I remember the Great Linux Mint Political Train Wreck and how they quickly tried to bury it after a bunch of people who support Israel (as I do) and saw that part of their donations to Linux Mint may have ended up in the hands of anti-Zionist groups because the Lead Developer donates to them. Mint is a fantastic distro, and to it’s credit, did not mix it’s lead developer’s political views into the distro’s content. But Mint suffered a setback when it’s official blog posted an anti-Zionist political piece. It made it look as though Linux Mint officially endorsed the so-called “Palestinian” cause.
Now we have AntiX, the sister distro of MX-Linux, truly mixing politics into it’s official software distributed to users. MX-Linux is avoiding that, but because they share the same developers, both distros may suffer from unintended consequences of AntiX’s political mixture. The lead developer of AntiX calls himself “Anticapitalista,” which suggests he opposes capitalism. But that’s not enough, not this time. Now by default, included in the .iso of the distro, are several anti-Zionist bookmarks! If you happen to be an avid anti-Zionist, you probably have no problem with that. But if you install antiX and discover these bookmarks when you open the browser for the first time, you’re going to wonder if this is some kind of malware or something!
Have a look at this reviewer’s take on the matter:
This is enough for me never to recommend antiX for older computers anymore. And it sours me a little bit on MX-Linux as well, though not enough to stop recommending it, since they have remained above the fray, refusing to mix their political views into the actual software of the distribution. AntiX’s choice is worse than Linux Mint’s! When any open-source project gets so political that the line between the product and the politics is crossed, they lose my support. Whether it’s left-wing or right-wing stuff, politics and FOSS projects should never mix.