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10.02.12

Amazon Attacks Linux, Android Exposed to FUD and Spying by Microsoft

Posted in Patents at 4:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

[Update: Amazon has rectified the problem with Arch Linux Handbook getting blocked.]

Amazonian betrayal

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Summary: Amazon’s betrayal deepens and Android is left with Google as its only titanic friend

The thing we have stressed about Amazon is, there are many former Microsoft executives in there, including the Kindle leadership. After such changes occurred Amazon started paying Microsoft for Android/Linux and now we find that Kindle will also send user data and business to Microsoft Bing. How disgraceful. To make matters worse, the Kindle Store is reportedly blocking Linux literature. Here is one report that calls it “[d]epressing news from the land of DRM today, as author and developer Dusty Phillips has announced via his blog that Amazon has blocked him from publishing the Arch Linux Handbook on the Kindle.”

As a side note, it is appalling not just that Amazon uses Linux to block Linux but also that it pays Microsoft to legitimise Linux FUD. This puts in a more complete perspective Canonical’s controversial relationship with Amazon.

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3 Comments

  1. jdlawrie said,

    October 2, 2012 at 6:41 am

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    This article talks about FUD, yet mentions Amazon blocking the Arch Linux handbook. The handbook has been published to kindle now, and this was mentioned in an update to Dusty’s blog before this article was printed. There are important issues here, but selective inaccurate reporting doesn’t help the cause.

    Dr. Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Tom did not update his blog post. I guess that Dusty’s update has not propagated through some blogs yet. I’ll update my post.

    jdlawrie Reply:

    Thanks. Interesting article apart from that, I didn’t know about the kindle-bing relationship.

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