05.06.08

Is SCO and Its Anti-Linux Agenda Relocated to Microsoft Headquarters?

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Novell, SCO, UNIX at 1:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“MICROSOFT IS LIKE AN ELEPHANT ROLLING AROUND, SQUASHING ANTS”

(From justice.gov)

We previously showed the connections between SCO and Microsoft and later discussed Stephen Norris [1, 2, 3] (briefly summarised in this post). I published an article about it too. For those who are not familiar with this saga, the incomplete gist of it all is as follows:

  1. Microsoft paid SCO for ‘rights’ which SCO does not own, thereby assisting SCO’s lawsuits against Linux and companies that use it
  2. Microsoft sort of passed money to SCO, via BayStar (recommendation of investment)
  3. A hugely surprising investment plan in the already-bankrupt SCO came out of nowhere. The source of the money had connections revealed that lead to Bill Gates’ investments in the middle east.
  4. Information that is conflicting, bizarre or contradictory was found and then quickly removed by the investing party that was accused, without as much as an acceptable explanation

The latest news or — shall we assume — the latest development in this alleged proxy fight against GNU/Linux (one among many if true, some of which are not even secret), is the appointment of a senior SCO man who found himself in Microsoft. His role there is particularly interesting (highlights in red).

…SCO once said of Gupta that “he is able to laser-focus on product deliverables.” If half-truths in the interest of competitive strategy are what Microsoft wants in terms of deliverables, Microsoft couldn’t do better than to pull in the SCO team.

Disappointing. Shame on you, Microsoft.

Groklaw has plenty more details.

Guess where Sandeep Gupta landed after he left SCO? If I put a blindfold on you and told you to point on the map, you’d still guess Microsoft, wouldn’t you? And you’d be right. From January, that is where he found a soft landing, as Director, Technical Competitive Strategy of the Server & Tools Division.

[...]

This was back in 2004. They may think we all forgot, but Groklaw never forgets. And if I need to remind you, the SCO v. IBM case is yet to be tried. So Microsoft has hired Gupta midstream.

Here’s what another famous computer expert, Brian W. Kernighan, said after reviewing Gupta’s work:

Furthermore, in places, Mr. Gupta’s conclusions of similarity depend on his selecting isolated lines of code from disparate places and putting them together as if contiguous blocks of code were involved (which they are not) and important differences did not exist (which they do).

So. You may draw your own conclusions as to why he is being rewarded with a plum position at Microsoft after a performance so stunningly rebutted. Mine is that he knows too much and that he fits in perfectly.

Mind Novell’s possible role as ‘the next SCO’. This is something that we last mentioned just 3 days ago. With SCO’s masterminds inside Microsoft and with UNIX ownership (via the increasingly-dependent Novell), Microsoft could try to pull similar tricks. Instead of a proxy or shell company like Acacia [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10], ‘mother ship’ Microsoft could get its work done with the cushion that is a better bank balance.

After last year’s "patent terrorism" it would probably be naive to let this one slide silently. Never say never? Well, at least preparation by exposition of a lie or a plot can help.

Why Novell Became a Threat to Java and the GNU GPL

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Java, Microsoft, Mono, Novell, Red Hat, SUN, Ubuntu at 1:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Novell wants you to know that selling its soul to Steve Ballmer was a really good idea.”

The Register, 2008

A reader has just contacted us, pointing to the following forgotten article.

Microsoft is in the process of applying for a wide-ranging patent that covers a variety of functions related to its .Net initiative.

If approved as is, the patent would cover application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow actions related to accessing the network, handling Extensible Markup Language (XML), and managing data from multiple sources. APIs are the hooks in software that allow applications to work with another system.

Microsoft declined to elaborate on its plans for the patent, but intellectual property attorneys said that if it’s granted, the company could dictate how, or whether, developers of software and devices can link to the .Net initiative.

Say No to MonoThe patent can be found here. “That was 2003,” said the reader, then adding: “It’s especially pernicious when you notice that underneath the smoke and noise about ‘linux’ Novell signs onto and commits to spreading .Net patents at the expense of Java.” This issue was covered here recently.

Our readers continues: “The claim that .Net is a multiplatform standard is rendered false: .NET developers are further locked into a single vendor. Java, in contrast, is fully open source and has the developer community.”

Mono users — especially those who are also developers — love to rave about .NET like it was the second coming, but only yesterday we find articles such as this one from OSNews.

In part one, Bright heavily criticised the Win32 API, saying it was filled with legacy stuff and hindered by 15 year old design decisions. In part two he explains that as an answer to the complaints, Microsoft introduced the .Net framework, which was supposed to replace the Win32 API as the API of choice for Windows; in fact, the next release of Windows, Longhorn, would make heavy use of .Net. “It could have provided salvation,” Bright writes.

But it didn’t. According to Bright, .Net was fine technically, with a “sound” virtual machine, “reasonable” performance, and an “adequate” language (C#), but the library – “used for such diverse tasks as writing files, reading data from databases, sending information over a network, parsing XML, or creating a GUI” – the library is “extremely bad”. Bright explains that this is due to the target audience of .Net.

Knowing all about and bearing these deficiencies in mind, why would anyone ignore Java? Novell buys (pays for) Mono protection from Microsoft although at the same time Java is free (gratis and libre). In fact, last week’s announcement from Sun about the inclusion of Java in GNU/Linux distributions included the prominent mention of Fedora and Ubuntu, along with their parents (companies). Conspicuously missing was Novell/SUSE. Who is Novell kidding?

Meanwhile, also from the news, Sun bends backwards to make GNU/Linux developers and users happy(ier), unlike Microsoft which welcomes SCO staff (more on that very shortly). Here is what Sun has had to say:

Sun also had to cope with unrealistic expectations about how much time it would take to offer Java via open source under the GNU General Public License Version 2.0, a move made in November 2006.

“There was the expectation that it would be immediately carried into the universe,” Green said. But it has taken time to free up the bits and pieces of Java to make it available via open source, Green acknowledged.

Now, the Ubuntu Linux distribution includes OpenJDK, featuring open source Java, Green noted. This move announced last week means the open-sourcing is complete, he said.

If Novell refuses to help the GPL-licensed Java defeat .NET, then Novell will once again demonstrate its role as nothing but a Microsoft vassal. It has already done a lot of work which helped Microsoft cause damage to OpenDocument format.

Does anyone still believe that Novell is a pro-Free software company? As opposed to a company that uses Linux (with the lenient and permissive Linux philosophy) to promote Microsoft’s agenda?

Bad Novell

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