06.08.19

Gemini version available ♊︎

The Linux Foundation as a Facilitator of Microsoft’s Abduction of Developers (for GitHub, Azure, Visual Studio and Windows)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 9:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Jim Zemlin, Microsoft and GitHub (when photo ops tell a story)

Jim Zemlin, Microsoft and GitHub

Summary: There’s a profoundly disturbing pattern; in a rush for influence and money the Linux Foundation inadvertently (or worse — consciously and deliberately) paved the way to Microsoft’s more modern version of Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (EEE)

TECHRIGHTS has an ongoing series/book about how Free software is nowadays coming under attack — an attack that’s masqueraded as friendship. We’ve already published about half of it. Here it is for those who’ve missed it:

This mini-book is expected to be completed by month’s end. The first two chapters directly allude to what Microsoft is now doing through GitHub. It’s about licensing, it’s about Azure, it is about Visual Studio, Vista 10 and so on. Microsoft just wants to forcibly ‘buy back’ developers.

“Microsoft just wants to forcibly ‘buy back’ developers.”We’ve meanwhile also published some exclusive articles about the Linux Foundation, which we intend to cover very closely throughout this weekend. There’s a great deal of interest in it and all the feedback we receive is overwhelmingly positive.

People do not believe Microsoft. The PR is, with few exceptions here and there, ineffective. Linux Foundation staff and contractors participated in this PR for years, but that’s a story for another day/article. Those who participate in this PR even get arrested. Microsoft’s PR/marketing staff must be laughing really hard whenever it sees people saying things like “new Microsoft” or “but it’s Open Source” and “Microsoft loves Linux”…

“People do not believe Microsoft. The PR is, with few exceptions here and there, ineffective.”“The PR campaign worked,” says Microsoft to itself, “now they repeat our lies for us!”

But how many people actually believe this nonsense? Among actual GNU/Linux users, from what we’ve able to gather online, almost nobody falls for it. These users aren’t as stupid as Microsoft wants and needs them to be.

To those who accept or even spread (gratis) the “Microsoft loves Linux” lie a sobering reality check would be worthwhile; consider this from Thursday’s news. Longtime Microsoft booster Tim Anderson wrote about GitHub slapping GNU/Linux users across the face. The responses are more noteworthy than the article itself because the article is mostly promotional. It’s GitHub promotion.

“How can anyone develop something in Electron but not support GNU/Linux?”We now know that people who spent a decade working as Microsoft copywriters, e.g. promoting the idea Microsoft “loves Git” (a year before it bought GitHub), are in fact perverts and criminals (i.e. the usual). One prominent example has just been arrested for pedophilia and several Techrights readers hypothesise that this is how Microsoft had leverage over him. His past in the British Library (in “Preservation”) amid the OOXML scandals also brings up potential shadowing, but we cannot prove any of these hypotheses. One sure thing is, he was a very key participant in Microsoft’s war on Git (to hijack projects that used Git). He wrote many articles towards this objective. While grooming kids Microsoft was grooming him to publish ‘prepared’ articles for them in Condé Nast’s site Ars Technica (which Microsoft had paid to push lies). Will all that PR and paid-for trash be retracted? Nope, not likely.

So another British Microsoft booster has just spoken of a so-called ‘app’, GitHub Desktop 2.0. How can anyone develop something in Electron but not support GNU/Linux? He too wondered aloud:

One curious thing is that although GitHub 2.0 is built with the cross-platform Electron framework, it is only officially available for Windows and Mac. Of course there is a fork, but why?

It is not because Linux users scorn GUI tools. “Our team has a strong background in Windows and macOS development, so those installers have been stable and fine for a while. We also have the ability to adapt the application to the platform it’s running on, using the __LINUX__ global symbol in code. But the Linux ecosystem is the unknown for us, and my fork is a way to experiment and get something working with those who have the ability to provide feedback,” said GitHub’s Brendan Forster.

This has caused some puzzlement. “That an entity called ‘GitHub’ can’t manage an official Linux app is just darn surprising,” said one user.

Anderson has many of these articles; it feels like an ad with a link at the end (to proprietary software) and comments rightly point out the obvious:

Ignorance is not bliss.
“…so that millions more can participate in software development, research, design, and more,”

Obviously not. I mean there aren’t many devs working on Linux now are there?
Slippery slope, thin end of the wedge, embrace, extend, extinguish. You know the score.
“Our team has a strong background in Windows and macOS development…”
In case you have forgotten Git was developed by Linus Torvalds who if I recall correctly also had something to do with developing Linux.
Take the bloody blinkers off and try and see that the whole world does not revolve around Windows any more, if it ever did.
1 4

Microsoft and now the corrupted (wages from Microsoft) GitHub team want us to think very few people use GNU/Linux but among developers who use Git the market share of GNU/Linux is extremely high. Microsoft has a goal here; it has a vision and it’s not pretty; it wants all software developers (as in “DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS”) to only use Vista 10 or WSL under this piece of malware that subjugates lots of people, companies, and even governments. Remember that Jim Zemlin from the “Linux” Foundation was meeting in person the founder and chief of GitHub and the person from Microsoft who has just paid Zemlin a lot of money (while lying; “Microsoft loves Linux” etc. in his presentation at this event) and based on Microsoft ghostwriters came up with the idea to steal GitHub as far back as 5 years ago (when the ‘ambush’ started). Here it is perfectly depicted (authentic photo).

LF, Microsoft and Github
LF, Microsoft and GitHub years before the takeover (Source: Microsoft, via)

The person who last week said Microsoft is “no Satan” is Dina Bass, a longtime Microsoft ghostwriter (documents from the inside show how Microsoft grooms her and prepares ‘articles’ in collaboration with her). A week ago she said that Guthrie (shown above) put the strategy to buy GitHub in the drawer for a few more years, entrapping more projects upon takeover (last year). Meanwhile Microsoft ‘shelved’ all its code (openwashing of projects) there, then used ghostwriters to say that it’s #1 contributor (maybe it was to GitHub, but the ghostwriters said “to Open Source”). Mac Asay was among those who repeatedly spread this lie. It wasn’t enough for him to put that lie in headlines only once; he did so every week or every month. Remember that he had, at least once, sought a job at Microsoft (in his personal blog there’s text about his job interview there).

“Mac Asay was among those who repeatedly spread this lie. It wasn’t enough for him to put that lie in headlines only once; he did so every week or every month.”Apparently, or so I’m told (but not shown any numbers because it’s secret), many people are leaving GitHub and not many join anymore. That’s the effect of Microsoft (which foresaw this, based on Bass). Yesterday Anderson revealed additional issues associated with GitHub under Microsoft, which may be suggestive of brain drain (loss of key engineers):

“I can’t believe how easy it apparently is to have someone’s life work taken down from Github,” he said on his forum, fortunately hosted elsewhere. “And GitHub never emailed me about this. Not a whisper. Just poof, account gone. When I logged in, I could see my account, and see that it had been ‘flagged’, with no other explanation given.”

Rohrer turned to the last and sometimes sole refuge of tech giant victims – social media. “If you’re thinking about using @github for your life’s work, FYI, they may remove it without any warning or notice,” he protested. 373 retweets and a few hours later, and everything was restored.

But why did it happen in the first place? Things like this did not happen in the past (as far as we’re aware). Let’s hope that Microsoft wasted a lot of money on GitHub, wrongly assuming it can just swallow everything while in practice people flee and go elsewhere. We wrote a great deal about GitHub even before the takeover. 5 years ago Microsoft actually sabotaged GitHub; it was around that time that it made the strategic choice to ‘conquer’ it instead. Then Zemlin announced partnerships with GitHub. A decade ago he said we should "respect Microsoft" and compared Microsoft to “a puppy”.

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.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. António Campinos Promotes Software Patents Using Buzzwords and Sketchy Loopholes With Dubious Legal Basis

    ‘Monopoly Tony’ (António Campinos) is shamelessly manipulating EPO processes at both ends (sender and receiver) to facilitate the illegal granting of invalid European software patents; we’re meant to think this former EU official and imposter (banker) is some guru in the sciences because he reads a lousy speech crafted for him with lots of meaningless buzzwords peppered all over it (he’s not good at reading it, either)



  2. [Meme] Jorgotta Be Kidding Us, Campinos!

    Monopoly Tony (António Campinos) runs the EPO by attacking the very legal basis of the EPO’s existence



  3. Unified Patent Court (UPC) Relies Too Much on Lies and Mischief Without Any Basis in Law

    Today’s video runs through the typical (weekly) lies from Team UPC — lies that are very easy to debunk; Team UPC not only drafted the thing but also looks to profit from it while misleading politicians and bribing publishers to spread intentionally misleading statements (lies)



  4. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, May 22, 2022

    IRC logs for Sunday, May 22, 2022



  5. Links 23/05/2022: Fedora 36 Reviewed

    Links for the day



  6. [Meme] It's My Working Party... And I'll Cry If I Want to!

    EPO President António Campinos is still not being held accountable for his Code of Conduct violations



  7. Links 22/05/2022: The 5.18 Kernel is Out

    Links for the day



  8. Gemini is Bigger Than Most People Care to Realise

    Geminispace has gotten to the point where it's too computationally expensive (or outright pricey) to study, let alone keep abreast of, Gemini capsules or the domain space as a whole



  9. Links 22/05/2022: Rock64 and Peppermint OS Release

    Links for the day



  10. [Meme] UPC is Always Next Year (and Next Year It'll Surely be the Year After That)

    The UPC will come “next year”, just like every year (since almost a decade ago) just because the lunatic promises so and crushes the law, quite frankly as usual, cusioned and protected by the UPC lobby



  11. UPC: Turning Patent Lawyers Into Liars and the Media Into Their Money-Grabbing Megaphone (Platform for Fake News)

    The above 26 screenshots (with necessary annotation added) hopefully illuminate the degree of deceit, manipulation, bribery and distortion of public discourse (fake news and advocacy of patently unlawful activities)



  12. Number of Working/Online Gemini Capsules, Known to Totally Legit Gemini Search (TLGS) and to Lupa, Exceeds 2,500

    Assuming that Lupa reduced its crawling capacity (this graph seems to confirm this), we’ve decided to aggregate data from 3 sources and assess the size of Geminispace; Lupa says it can see 1,947 active capsules, but there are many more it has not kept track of



  13. [Meme] Monopoly Tony

    The gentlest, kindest president the EPO ever had



  14. It Took Campinos Three or More Years to Undo Illegal Battistelli Actions on Boards of Appeal and Strike Regulations (Only After Losing at ILO-AT!), But He Does Not Mention That

    Let’s all remember that as the EPO‘s so-called ‘President’ António Campinos (Monopoly Tony) vigorously defended completely unlawful actions of Benoît Battistelli until courts compelled him to stop doing that (Strike Regulations); notice how, in the video above — a portion of this full clip from several months ago — he did not bother mentioning that for 3.5 years that he had “led” the Office the Boards of Appeal were in exile, in direct violation of the EPC, yet nobody is being held accountable for it



  15. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, May 21, 2022

    IRC logs for Saturday, May 21, 2022



  16. Links 22/05/2022: Free Software Developments in Bratislava

    Links for the day



  17. Gemini is the Direction the Paginated Internet Should Have Taken (Not Bloated Web With JavaScript and DRM)

    An update on Gemini and why you might wish to explore it (if you aren't using it already)



  18. EPO.org Now Openly Brags About Making Illegal Patents a Welcomed Part of the Examination Guidelines

    The EPO persists in illegal, unlawful agenda; it's even finding the audacity to advertise this in the official Web site



  19. Links 21/05/2022: Security Blunders and Microsoft Posturing

    Links for the day



  20. Links 21/05/2022: GitLab at Fedora and Pipewire in Next Ubuntu

    Links for the day



  21. Links 21/05/2022: HP Teams up with System76

    Links for the day



  22. IRC Proceedings: Friday, May 20, 2022

    IRC logs for Friday, May 20, 2022



  23. Links 20/05/2022: Thunderbird Revenue Rising

    Links for the day



  24. Outsourcing Sites to Social Control Media is an Outdated Mindset in 2022

    Centralised or federated censorship/filtering platforms (also known as "social [control] media" [sic]) aren't the way forward; we're therefore a little surprised that Linux Weekly News (LWN) bothers with that languishing bandwagon all of a sudden



  25. Links 20/05/2022: Plasma's Latest Beta in Kubuntu 22.04, Kapow 1.6.0 Released

    Links for the day



  26. Turkey's Migration to Pardus Linux and LibreOffice Explained 2 Months Ago in LibrePlanet

    This talk by Hüseyin GÜÇ was uploaded under the title “Real world GNU/Linux story from Istanbul”



  27. In Turkey, Windows Market Share is Down to Almost Nothing, 'Linux' is About Two Thirds of the Connected Devices

    Watch this graph of Windows going down from around 99.5% to just 11.55% this month



  28. The Lies and Delusions of António Campinos

    Monopolies and American corporations (and their lawyers) are a priority for today's EPO, Europe's second-largest institution



  29. Links 20/05/2022: Fedora BIOS Boot SIG

    Links for the day



  30. Links 20/05/2022: Oracle Linux 8.6 and VMware Security Crisis

    Links for the day


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