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08.10.19

Sometimes It Feels Like Microsoft — Not IBM — Bought Red Hat

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 9:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Months ago: Always Remember That Red Hat Also Considered Microsoft as a Buyer

Red Hat Microsoft event

Summary: People find it odd and off-putting that Red Hat is allowing Microsoft to be the foremost sponsor of its event (see above); Microsoft is still attacking GNU/Linux in a lot of ways

Red Hat’s promotion of Microsoft’s stuff (such as .NET) has been noted here and criticised heavily over the past couple of years. Red Hat had hired too many managers from Microsoft. As recently as Friday we saw Red Hat’s site (now IBM actually) pushing Microsoft .NET. What the heck is going on? A reader has just told us that, as per the screenshot above (page here; scroll down to the bottom of this page), Red Hat’s upcoming event in Belgium has Microsoft as the biggest and sole “Diamond” sponsor. Is this a Microsoft event? Truly disturbing. Imagine a Greenpeace annual summit, sponsored by BP as the biggest sponsor.

“Unfortunately, it pays more to attack FOSS than to participate in it.”Things like these worry us greatly; this should not be considered ‘normal’; Microsoft is still blackmailing GNU/Linux using ridiculous patents and bribing officials (to secure Microsoft contracts against GNU/Linux and FOSS). Microsoft has not changed at all, except in the infiltration ‘department’/strategy.

“Microsoft wants to be everywhere and control everything, even the ‘Linux’ Foundation.”Unfortunately, it pays more to attack FOSS than to participate in it. Ask the Mono team, the Linux Foundation and various other Microsoft-centric camps. The money is in sabotage of what’s free, not its creation. Just before the weekend we saw CBS and Business Insider (Rosalie Chan) promoting Microsoft proprietary software under the guise of “open”. That same mainstream media is also googlebombing “Linux” with Microsoft products. Everywhere Linux goes, Microsoft follows to push its proprietary lock-in. The media should know better, but it actively participates in the googlebombing. This is pure spam. Does Microsoft buy ads from these sites? Sure it does. This way it controls the narrative.

“The Foundation already got cracked in the past. Do they want to end up like Canonical in GitHub?”Welcome to 2019, the year when even “Linux” is Microsoft and Microsoft is just… Microsoft. Microsoft wants to be everywhere and control everything, even the ‘Linux’ Foundation. We’ve meanwhile noticed that the Foundation’s security is an utter disgrace, not only because they outsource almost everything to Microsoft (notably GitHub). They haven’t updated their site’s software for nearly half a year. What kind of slackers are they hiring for the technology side of the Foundation? The Foundation already got cracked in the past. Do they want to end up like Canonical in GitHub?

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