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02.26.14

Elop Confirms That He Was Working for Microsoft All Along (Mole Inside Nokia)

Posted in Microsoft at 9:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

‘Microsoft Android’ is like ‘Microsoft SUSE’

Rick Bellouszo

Summary: Microsoft’s mole inside Nokia is said to be officially rejoining Microsoft, receiving yet another financial award for the successful entryism, arming of patent trolls (that attack Google/Android), and shockingly cheap sale to Microsoft

Baffled pundits have been trying to make sense of Microsoft Nokia‘s Android phones, with all sorts of speculations about the future (or lack thereof) of Windows Phone, Elop’s role, the Microsoft acquisition, the patents agenda, forking of AOSP and so forth. One sure thing is, there’s a lot of confusion, perhaps even inside Nokia. People might be arguing fiercely inside the company. Whatever the motivation, Nokia’s newly-released so-called 'Android' phones are surveillance devices on steroids and they serve Microsoft's interests. SJVN calls it Microsoft Android in his new article “Hello, MS-Android. Good-bye, Windows Phone” and one pundit asks: “Are Nokia’s Android Phones Going to Get Axed By Microsoft?” Why would Microsoft axe them? These phones harm Android and they help an agenda of suing peers (using patents) that use Android. It’s basically 'pulling a Sony'.

“With the Mobile World Congress show underway in Barcelona,” says the pundit, “people are still talking about the significant news from the event on the open source phone front. As predicted here recently, Nokia announced the Nokia X and X+, which are smartphones running Android. The Nokia X will start selling for €89 next week.”

That’s very expensive for an enhanced surveillance device. Nokia and Microsoft should really subsidise these devices, paying people just to take them.

“What makes these phones news,” continues the pundit, “is that Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia is looming, so some are predicting that the phones will put Microsoft in the Android business, but others are predicting that Microsoft might simply do away with these phones after the acquisition.”

Yes, because Microsoft exploits these to disrupt Android, just as it used SUSE to disrupt GNU/Linux. It’s malicious intrusion and interference from the inside. It’s part of the strategy. As a Nokia expert put it today: “Elop didn’t want N9 or MeeGo to succeed because Elop had his mission to turn Nokia’s handsets into Microsoft’s division – an explicit achievement which he had negotiated to be in his CEO contract, and which ended up paying him a bonus of 25 million dollars in 2013. So Elop took every step he could as CEO to torpedo and undermine any chances for MeeGo…”

Well, he never left Microsoft and he never even left Seattle. Based on this news Elop is getting yet more money for this entryism. To quote: “News spreading online from a leaked memo point former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop to become the new lead at Microsoft’s Devices and Studios division. This appointment puts Elop in charge of all games and hardware for the Xbox platform, Microsoft Surface and all the game developments by Microsoft owned studios. This comes on the back of Satya Nadella being named as the post-Ballmer Microsoft CEO, for which Elop was quoted as being in the running.

“Elop replaces Julie Larson-Green who is taking on a new role as Chief Experience Officer for the Applications and Services group, which includes user experiences on Office, Skype and Bing.”

Don’t believe for one single second that Nokia’s ‘Android’ phones are good for Linux or even for Android. Suggesting that it’s good is like saying that the Microsoft/Novell deal was a “victory” for GNU/Linux, as Novell always wanted us to believe.

New GNU/Linux Screenshot Galleries

Posted in GNU/Linux at 5:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: AV Linux, Parsix, Network Security Toolkit, and SystemRescueCd have new releases demonstrated visually

Kernel News: 3.14 Release Candidate 4, Systemd 209, AMD Free Software, More Benchmarks

Posted in News Roundup at 3:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Roundup of Linux (kernel) news from the past few days, including some rather exciting announcements

Graphics Stack

  • AMD Press Talks Up Major Open-Source Linux Driver Features

    Good news: AMD’s press / global communications team is finally talking up their open-source Linux graphics driver features. Bad news: they appear to still need lots of training over their own Linux graphics drivers. Or is there some Linux driver shake-up happening? Here’s some of what they are promoting right now with the AMD Linux graphics driver.

  • The NVIDIA GTX 750 Ti Maxwell Continues Running Great On Linux

    Back on Tuesday I delivered a launch-day review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti on Linux. This first graphics card built on NVIDIA’s new Maxwell architecture has been running fantastic under Linux for being a mid-range graphics card. The GM107 GPU core found on the GTX 750 Ti is incredibly power efficient, as was shown in numerous articles on launch-day. For those curious more about the GeForce GTX 750 Ti Linux performance, here are some more OpenCL and OpenGL performance results.

  • Wayland’s Weston Adds Support For The Minimize Button

    Wayland clients running on the Weston compositor now have support for the minimize button.

    Clients using an XDG shell surface now support the state of being minimized with this Git commit on Tuesday.

  • Wayland multi-touch gets touchpad support
  • Broadwell Now Officially Enabled With Intel Mesa

    Broadwell support has been a work-in-progress on Linux for many months and most of the hardware enablement is complete. The Mesa driver has had mainline support for Intel Broadwell graphics for some time now, but only today is it being enabled by default and not hidden behind the Intel preliminary hardware support flag. The latest Broadwell work was with this commit and other changes.

Benchmarks

  • Linux 3.14 File-System HDD Benchmarks

    Early Linux 3.14 kernel benchmarks indicated there might be some slowdowns in disk/file-system performance for this next major kernel release. That early testing was done from an Intel ultrabook with solid-state drive while we’re now in the process of carrying out more focused testing of Linux 3.14 on both HDDs and SSDs. In this article are our first hard drive benchmarks from the Linux 3.14 Git kernel compared to the stable 3.12 and 3.13 kernels.

  • It Should Now Be Easier To Benchmark Steam Linux Games
  • PC-BSD 10.0 vs. PC-BSD 9.2 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 Benchmarks

    After running through some challenges in setting up PC-BSD/FreeBSD 10.0 and its many changes, here are benchmarks of the feature-rich operating system update. Benchmarks were done on the same laptop of PC-BSD 10.0, the former PC-BSD 9.2 release, and Ubuntu 13.10.

  • Ars walkthrough: Using the ZFS next-gen filesystem on Linux

    In my last article on next-gen filesystems, we did something in between a generic high altitude overview of next-gen filesystems and a walkthrough of some of btrfs’ features and usage. This time, we’re going to specifically look at what ZFS brings to the table, walking through getting it installed and using it on one of the more popular Linux distributions: Precise Pangolin. That’s the most current Long Term Service (LTS) Ubuntu release.

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