Microsoft Does B.A.D. Things in Kerala

Posted in Asia, GNU/Linux, GPL, Microsoft at 4:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

BAD: [B]ribing, [A]ddicting, [D]umping

“Coca-Cola was named back in 1885 for its two “medicinal” ingredients: extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. Just how much cocaine was originally in the Cocaine molecule formulation is hard to determine, but the drink undeniably contained some cocaine in its early days.”


Microsoft’s recent actions in Korea were symbolic of its strategy against GNU/Linux and Free software. As we pointed out last year (backed by actual examples), Microsoft plays similar games in Kerala, whose migration to Free software it is actively trying to stifle. Microsoft also tries getting Keralan people ‘addicted’ to its proprietary software (particularly in education), just like Coca-Cola with added caffeine. Remember Mammootty? Microsoft even tried using celebrities, not only gifts. Now it summons a new strategy which was revealed to us earlier today.

Microsoft and/or its goons are diluting the value of the term “Linux Users Group” by creating a “Microsoft Users Group” in Kerala. Can one be a “Microsoft User” at all? Is there a product or software called “Microsoft”? This smells like brand-jacking, much like Office Open XML (not to be confused with OpenOffice.org) or “shared source”.

Watch this Web site, which is self explanatory.

Microsoft & INETA (international .NET association) provide the technical materials (CDs, books, online resources etc) , infrastructure support and faculties for conducting a statewide seminar drive, which would educate and inform the public and the student community about the Microsoft Technologies.

Talk about user-generated Web sites (grassroots or pseudo-grassroots)…

We were hoping to find out if Microsoft was behind this site, just as it was behind “Voices for Innovation” (lobbying arm for software patents) and an anti-VMware Web site, which was assigned to some marketing firm hired by Microsoft.

This latest one seems innocent though (it’s a Google mail address).

Domain ID:D153405496-LROR
Domain Name:K-MUG.ORG
Created On:21-Jul-2008 04:07:27 UTC
Last Updated On:20-Sep-2008 03:52:20 UTC
Expiration Date:21-Jul-2009 04:07:27 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Registrant ID:GODA-050763413
Registrant Name:Sreejumon KP
Registrant Street1:#322, 28th main, 8th cross
Registrant Street2:HSR Layout 1st sector
Registrant Street3:
Registrant City:Bangalore
Registrant State/Province:Kerala
Registrant Postal Code:560031
Registrant Country:IN
Registrant Phone:+91.9740063021
Registrant Phone Ext.:
Registrant FAX:
Registrant FAX Ext.:
Registrant Email:sreejumon@gmail.com
Admin ID:GODA-250763413
Admin Name:Sreejumon KP
Admin Street1:#322, 28th main, 8th cross
Admin Street2:HSR Layout 1st sector
Admin Street3:
Admin City:Bangalore
Admin State/Province:Kerala
Admin Postal Code:560031
Admin Country:IN
Admin Phone:+91.9740063021
Admin Phone Ext.:
Admin FAX:
Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:sreejumon@gmail.com
Tech ID:GODA-150763413
Tech Name:Sreejumon KP
Tech Street1:#322, 28th main, 8th cross
Tech Street2:HSR Layout 1st sector
Tech Street3:
Tech City:Bangalore
Tech State/Province:Kerala
Tech Postal Code:560031
Tech Country:IN
Tech Phone:+91.9740063021
Tech Phone Ext.:
Tech FAX:
Tech FAX Ext.:
Tech Email:sreejumon@gmail.com

One of our readers and informants from India says that Microsoft posted an invitation in a Linux Users Group. That happened recently. Was the invitation to this group perhaps? If so, what would that suggest? An inter-personal connection? Maybe it was a general sort of invitation like ones we hear that Microsoft sends many LUGs in order to deliver talks inside them, e.g. [1, 2]. They often get rejected.

The Web site above says there is meeting on November 15th, which incidentally [wink wink] coincides with a national conference on Free software. It takes place in the very same city on the 15th and 16th.

Microsoft has a known and well-documented habit of organising gigs right next to its competition (geographically speaking), VMware being just one recent example. Apple is another. Timing coincidence is another ugly strategy, Document Freedom Day being a good example, accompanied by search engine manipulation and entrapment.

In other news (not so new anymore) which comes from India, this one is worth bringing to light:

Why Wipro, Infosys and TCS are “The Axis of Evil” for Indian startup space


Yes you read it right I am calling this trio and their thousands of offshoots “The Axis of Evil” for Indian Software and Start-up space. While it is well known how these companies started the IT revolution in India with an interesting business model “Body Shopping” and post US clamping on H1 visas “Offshore Outsourcing”. The Indian software outsourcing story started off as a great business of labour arbitrage has today left most of its players scrambling for margins and why?

It’s important never to forget what these 3 companies do for Microsoft. They are not “The Axis of Evil”; they are part of a much bigger evil, sometimes gently referred to as the “Microsoft ecosystem” or compared to “Scientology cult” by high officials. For more information see:

Let us keep who eye open and identify on who is who. Wipro, Infosys, and TCS are no friends of Freedom. One major publication referred to what they do as digital slavery, characterised by sweatshop-level working conditions. They mostly serve Microsoft’s monoculture.

Join the club, put your shackles on

Novell/Microsoft ‘Pulling an Oracle’ on Red Hat

Posted in GNU/Linux, Novell, Red Hat, SLES/SLED at 3:51 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

AS MONTHS go by, Novell’s struggle against Red Hat gets uglier and uglier. Here is the latest predatory step.

Novell has launched a “competitive replacement” program aimed at luring Red Hat and CentOS users to its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) product. Through the program, Novell will support customers’ RHEL or CentOS servers for up to two years, while the customer migrates to SLES.


Steinman commented, “Competitive replacement programs are as old as the technology industry. We chose RHEL and CentOS to go after the biggest installed base, but will consider adding other platforms, based on customer demand.”

Stay tuned for more details and analysis.

Say No to Novell

Novell Boycott Connected to Microsoft Patent Deal, Nothing to Do with Mormons

Posted in Boycott Novell, Novell, Site News at 3:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

With the exception of IRC [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7], nothing was ever said here about Novell and Mormons. It is totally irrelevant to technical considerations and discussions, but the following Beta News article from yesterday — an article about boycotts — mentions Novell.

The legislation was strongly supported by the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — the Mormons. As a result, many angry post-election calls for boycott are aimed at Mormon-connected or that happen to be headquartered in Utah, such as Novell, Iomega, and Priceline.com. (Such boycott talk is by no means originating from “official” sources.)

While it’s interesting to find out about such separate boycotts, it has nothing to do with the existing actions. Our only ‘political’ objection to Novell is its policy on software patents. This site is nothing personal although some people inside Novell are responsible for the treasonous Microsoft deal, so they are sometimes named. It must never be believed that religion comes into play and amicable people whom I speak to are Mormons (Matt Asay, for example, is one… as far as I know).

To assume that there is personal vengeance involved or commercial interests at play would be insane because our only motive here is Freedom. There are other common misconceptions that we are connected with the FSF (we are not).

Novell Manager Leaves the Company

Posted in America, Australia, Novell at 2:00 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

And Novell fills a gap left by another manager who quit

STEVEN King left the company quietly, in the sense that no press coverage accompanied his departure. Whether he quit or was fired is not known to us, but he has just been appointed Vice President in a smaller company called ManoVie (Utah based). From the press release:

Prior to joining MonaVie, King served in various leadership positions at Novell where he managed the global partner programs and developed training programs to help partners more efficiently run their businesses. He also helped transition that company’s business from an internal sales model to a partner led sales model.

Back in July we wrote about Rob Mills leaving Novell. His replacement has been found no less than 4 months later.

Alan Robinson is to lead Novell in Australia and New Zealand, replacing Rob Mills who resigned four months ago.

There is some more coverage of this in this less internationalised press (not IDG).

NOVELL has tapped IT veteran Alan Robinson to run its business in Australia and New Zealand, ending a search that lasted about four months after Rob Mills resigned.

Novell’s staff retention issues were probably worse earlier this year (or last year). Might this be related to the economy?

Related posts:

No Value : Novell

Links 11/11/2008: Vapourware Fears of GNU/Linux, OpenOffice.org 3.0 Past 10 Million Downloads

Posted in News Roundup at 5:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“In the face of strong competition, Evangelism’s focus may shift immediately to the next version of the same technology, however. Indeed, Phase 1 (Evangelism Starts) for version x+1 may start as soon as this Final Release of version X.”

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