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07.07.19

The Corporate Media Deliberately Distorts the Public’s Opinion on Microsoft and Its ‘Love’ for Linux

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 11:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: Azure Running GNU/Linux Isn’t About ‘Love’ But About Control

Rewriting history books

Rewriting history while Microsoft’s book-burning (DRM) is completed

Summary: The media not only fails to explain how the public feels about Microsoft; it is actually lecturing people how to think and demonising those who have the ‘audacity’ to question Microsoft (while conveniently turning a blind eye to Linux Foundation scandals)

When one has the likes of Waggener Edstrom (bribes, Ballmer’s wife etc.) working as PR agencies it’s already a red warning; when one sees it employed as an official media front of Microsoft (there are many more, especially in different countries where languages vary) one has to be super-cautious and highly sceptical when it comes to media. Some of these people aren’t just dodgy but criminal and they keep pasting this “Microsoft loves Linux” lie everywhere (pretty much every week). Waggener Edstrom is even ‘guarding’ Wikipedia for Microsoft; they edit and ‘correct’ pages (we covered this before and gave examples). It’s against Wikipedia’s rules, but are these rules properly enforced?

“Having studied Microsoft for a decade and a half if not more (properly, in an in-depth fashion), there’s no doubt in my mind they’re lying. They don’t love Linux.”It’s a fine time to revisit George Carlin’s deep cynicism about media companies, which he knew too well (his family). The so-called mainstream media or corporate media or professional press coverage does not profit from truth but from agenda-setting. We know whose narratives it’s trying to push and ‘monetise’.

“Where Microsoft is concerned, I am always doubtful of their motives,” Ridcully wrote. To which “penguinist” replied with “I predicted they would try their EEE strategy with Linux via patents and other manipulative behavior. But, I never thought the Linux Foundation would become their partner in achieving this.”

“Two words that should never be used together in the same sentence: “Microsoft” and “trust”…”

So said “gus3″.

Scott Ruecker, the former editor of LXer, replied: “Unless they’re also paired with a form of “bankrupt” in the same clause: “The Microsoft Trust filed for bankruptcy yesterday…””

“I trust Microsoft as far as I can throw them..wait I take that back, I can throw them farther than I trust them,” the next person said.

This is pretty typical. At Reddit we see links to our articles being censored by moderators, even when they’re rated quite highly.

On went the conversation:

- Minix –> Linux –> Minux : I guess it’ll be the pet name of Microsoft Linux; We’ll be so nostalgic : Ah, in the good old days, there was Linux, but… money rules !

- I wonder if they still have any rights to Xenix… https://infogalactic.com/info/Xenix

- And anytime you might feel the need to give Microsoft the benefit of a doubt, they pull something like this: https://gizmodo.com/ebooks-purchased-from-microsoft-will-be-… [it's about Microsoft's book-burning]

This is a very typical conversation. This is how GNU/Linux users generally feel. The media does not persuade them otherwise.

Having studied Microsoft for a decade and a half if not more (properly, in an in-depth fashion), there’s no doubt in my mind they’re lying. They don’t love Linux. They cannot. They just have a strategy predicated upon people believing so and this is why (for the most part) Microsoft boosters keep repeating this lie. Be careful and correct the media when it tells those lies. The worst one can do it parrot these lies (passing on falsehood for Microsoft, pro bono).

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