07.30.07

Gemini version available ♊︎

‘Buying’ Linux Companies, ‘Buying’ ISO Votes, and ‘Buying’… Countries

Posted in America, Asia, Finance, Formats, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Open XML, Patents, Windows at 1:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

As recent examples show, Microsoft’s deep pockets enable it to manipulate a thing or two. Its ability to orchestrate a patent fear campaign led by Linux companies is one thing. Gross manipulation of ISO voting which protects a franchise and a monopoly is another. Let’s turn our attention to a couple of new stories where such manipulation happens at an even larger scale.

One story, which for some bizarre reason has escaped the media’s attention, comes from Chile. We haven’t a clue how this whole things happened ‘below the radar’, but Microsoft apparently obtains a lock-in that shackles all citizens in Chile. The details, if true, are quite shocking.

Just today, a secret agreement between MS and the Chilean Government came to light. In it, every citizen was sold as a potential user of a Windows Live Spaces model where every SSN is linked to, overbypassing any privacy term and cashing Bill some bucks. It wouldn’t be so awful to all if that agreement wasn’t approved yet (Spanish follows).

SJVN has just published another op-ed piece. In his column he has no mercy. The headline spins story which talks about a “Microsoft win” and calls it what it is: Microsoft merely bought a so-called ‘win’.

When all is said and done, the real reason why Microsoft is “winning” in China and has won elsewhere is that Microsoft is willing to break the law, pay the fines, dump products on the market at far below cost, and continue on in the belief that in the long run the costs of doing business the Microsoft way will win out over the higher quality, security and features of Mac OS X and the Linux desktop.

This discussion could drift further and discuss coordinated sabotage of the not-for-profit OLPC project, among other things. Intel is facing the EU’s wrath at the moment. Antitrust allegations talk about dumping and kickbacks, both of which are crimes.

However, to close this post without being distracted, the take-home message is that Microsoft has a pattern of paying for control, not earning it. It uses its deep pocket to tolerate some short-term deficit and later on benefits from a lock-in and a monopoly, which enables prices to be raised and merely any anti-consumer ‘feature’ to be strapped onto must-have products. Microsoft bought its deals with Linux vendors. None of this vendors was truly interested in the deals if regrets and bank statements are any indication.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

A Single Comment

  1. SubSonica said,

    July 30, 2007 at 3:01 am

    Gravatar

    The story about chile IS TRUE and, yes it is, to say the less, SHOCKING. There already a citizen movement has spread in order to protest and counter it:
    called “Digital Liberation”:
    http://www.liberaciondigital.org/
    The actions of MSFT are becoming so nasty, it is already spurring revolt movements…
    You can´t run a business that goes AGAINST your customers… so how can MSFT be so successful?

    Let’s think about all this from a different perspective
    Jaroslaw Staineck proposal might be true:

    “The guy at the keyboard of a Windows Vista box,
    using Microsoft Office at work, and Windows Media
    Player at home is not the customer, he is _the product_.
    The customers are Dell, AOL, media licensing conglomerates, and so on.”

    source:
    http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2349

    I.E: and actually, the millions of users of Microsoft’s software are not Microsoft’s customers, but Windows/Office users are a PRODUCT of Microsoft: The actual customers of Microsoft are the big media conglomerates, the big OEM manufacturers, the governments (that are allegedly able to control in a given moment, Microsoft’s software users through the backdoors inserted in the system by the security agencies, or think for a moment how Microsoft -among others- have accepted and collaborated with China’s demands for control and censorship of the net against free spech and human rights… )… and Microsoft is offering them a PRODUCT that is the users MSTF have “formed” for them: harmless, helpless, vulnerable, locked-in, controllable, unknowingly running programs they trust even if they have not the slightest idea of all the hidden information and private data they are trasnsmitting…

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 29/11/2021: FWUPD's 'Best Known Configuration' and Glimpse at OpenZFS 3.0

    Links for the day



  2. President Biden Wants to Put Microsofter in Charge of the Patent Office, Soon to Penalise Patent Applicants Who Don't Use Microsoft's Proprietary Formats

    The tradition of GAFAM or GIAFAM inside the USPTO carries on (e.g. Kappos and Lee; Kappos lobbies for Microsoft and IBM, whereas Lee now works for Amazon/Bezos after a career at Google); it's hard to believe anymore that the USPTO exists to serve innovators rather than aggressive monopolists, shielding their territory by patent threats (lawsuits or worse aggression) and cross-licensing that's akin to a cartel



  3. Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part VIII — Mr. Graveley's Long Career Serving Microsoft's Agenda (Before Hiring by Microsoft to Work on GitHub's GPL Violations Machine)

    Balabhadra (Alex) Graveley was promoting .NET (or Mono) since his young days; his current job at Microsoft is consistent with past harms to GNU/Linux, basically pushing undesirable (except to Microsoft) things to GNU/Linux users; Tomboy used to be the main reason for distro ISOs to include Mono



  4. Dr. Andy Farnell on Teaching Cybersecurity in an Age of 'Fake Security'

    By Dr. Andy Farnell



  5. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, November 28, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, November 28, 2021



  6. Links 29/11/2021: Linux 5.16 RC3 and Lots of Patent Catch-up

    Links for the day



  7. By 2022 0% of 'News' Coverage About Patents Will Be Actual Journalism (Patent Litigation Sector Has Hijacked the World Wide Web to Disseminate Self-Promotional Misinformation)

    Finding news about the EPO is almost impossible because today’s so-called ‘news’ sites are in the pockets of Benoît Battistelli, António Campinos, and their cohorts who turned the EPO into a hub of litigation, not science; this is part of an international (worldwide) problem because financial resources for journalism have run out, and so the vacuum is filled/replaced almost entirely by Public Relations (PR) and marketing



  8. Trying to Appease Those Who Never Liked Free Software or Those Who Blindly Loved All Patent Monopolies to Begin With

    It’s crystal clear that trying to appease everyone, all the time, is impossible; in the case of the EPO, for example, we hope that exposing Team Battistelli/Campinos helps raise awareness of the harms of patent maximalism, and when speaking about Free software — whilst occasionally bashing the alternatives (proprietary) — we hope to convince more people to join the “Good Fight”



  9. Links 28/11/2021: Laravel 8.73 Released, GitHub Offline for Hours

    Links for the day



  10. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, November 27, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, November 27, 2021



  11. Links 27/11/2021: Nvidia’s DLSS Hype and Why GNU/Linux Matters

    Links for the day



  12. [Meme] Linus Gabriel Sebastian Takes GNU/Linux for a (Tail)'Spin'

    If you’re trying to prove that GNU/Linux is NOT Windows, then “haha! Well done…”



  13. GNU/Linux is for Freedom and It'll Gain Many Users When (or Where) People Understand What Software (or Computing) Freedom Means

    Software that respects people's freedom (and by extension privacy as well) is an alluring proposition; those who choose to try GNU/Linux for the wrong reasons are likely the wrong target audience for advocates



  14. Amid Reports of Microsoft's Competition Crimes in Europe...

    European companies are complaining, but they seem to overlook the principal aspect of an imperialistic system with bottomless pockets (almost 30 trillion dollars in debt already; US national debt soared again last month); Microsoft is shielded by a political system with military (“defence”) as bailout budget to help cushion international expansion for data grab and technical leverage, as we've seen in the case of EPO (this is all political, not technical, and should thus be treated as a political/corruption issue)



  15. Is Linus Trolling the GNU/Linux Community?

    This new video responds to what many sites have been provoked into amplifying



  16. Links 27/11/2021: Tux Paint 0.9.27 and SeaMonkey 1.1.19 in EasyOS

    Links for the day



  17. [Meme] Keeping Our Distance From Microsoft

    The OSI is the dagger, the Linux Foundation is the knife, and many others are the sword by which Microsoft tries to get into the very heart of GNU/Linux and extinguish the Free software movement



  18. Microsoft Edge Encourages Indebted Americans to Guilt-spend Just in Time for Christmas

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  19. IRC Proceedings: Friday, November 26, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, November 26, 2021



  20. 38+ Years of GNU and 19+ Years of FSF Associate Membership

    “On November 25, 2002,” Wikipedia notes, “the FSF launched the FSF Associate Membership program for individuals.” As the above video points out, it all started almost 40 years ago.



  21. Gemini as a Platform for Gamers

    Contrary to what people often assume (or are led to assume), even without client-side scripting Gemini can accomplish a great deal; early adopters, many of whom are technical, test the limits of the very minimalistic (by design and intention) specification



  22. Improved Workflows: Achievement Unlocked

    Today we've completed a bunch of small projects that can make us more efficient (e.g. more Daily Links per day, more articles); the above video was recorded many hours ago to accompany the outline below



  23. Links 26/11/2021: New Complaint About Microsoft Competition Crimes in Europe, EuroLinux 8.5, GhostBSD 21.11.24, and Kiwi TCMS 10.5 Released

    Links for the day



  24. Links 26/11/2021: F35 Elections, Whonix 16.0.3.7, OSMC's November Refresh With Kodi 19.3

    Links for the day



  25. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, November 25, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, November 25, 2021



  26. IRC Proceedings: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    IRC logs for Wednesday, November 24, 2021



  27. Links 25/11/2021: PHP 8.1.0 Released and Linux 5.15.5

    Links for the day



  28. IBM as Master of Hypocrisy

    Free software projects and Free software developers have long been humiliated by corporations of Western misogynists, falsely claiming that the Free software community isn’t inclusive enough (these are shameless projection tactics; as a matter of public record, the exact opposite is true) and even the eradication of supposedly offensive language isn’t something IBM takes seriously



  29. Links 25/11/2021: LibreOffice 7.2.3 and Mesa 21.2.6 Released

    Links for the day



  30. [Meme] So Desperate That Edge Cannot Even Exceed 4% That They Block Rival Web Browsers

    Linux/Android/Free Software/GNU (they go by very many names/brands) may continue to grow to the point where Windows is as irrelevant as Blackberry; this means that Microsoft’s grip on the Web too has slipped — to the point where Microsoft frantically uses 'bailout' money to hijack LinkedIn, GitHub, etc. (it also rebrands almost everything as "Azure" or clown to fake a perception of growth)


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts