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04.11.20

Migration to New Environment Completed

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Patents, Site News at 11:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Keep calm and carry on

Stay /home ... Save disk space

Summary: Back on the saddle with the new work environment, we’ll probably become more productive again and we shall focus on patents, seeing that the attacks on GNU/Linux are largely the same as last year’s (leaders being canceled, organisations infiltrated and GNU/Linux subjected to E.E.E. tactics with a “love” slant)

THE LAPTOP bought back in 2009 (and used to write all the EPO articles) died over a week ago, sending us into a temporary state of chaos (hence delays) although no data was lost. The death was foreseen, backups made, and preparation done although it died somewhat prematurely (we expected it to reach its eleventh anniversary in September).

I’m almost fully settled with the new environment, I’m back to KDE, and spring has officially arrived (it feels like it, too). This weekend is a public holiday, though not many people feel that way (it has felt like a bizarre holiday for nearly a month now). My wife and I still have our jobs as we’ve worked remotely for over a decade and with the new environment in place I’m starting to become more productive again. I’m almost fully up to date w.r.t. news about the European Patent Office (EPO) and the time spared by not leaving the house can instead be used to produce more articles.

“I’m almost fully settled with the new environment, I’m back to KDE, and spring has officially arrived (it feels like it, too).”Our foremost focus remains software patents and 35 U.S.C. § 101. We strive to eliminate software patents worldwide, no matter what buzzwords Benoît Battistelli came up with and António Campinos constantly promotes.

When time permits we also prepare articles about GNU/Linux. One thing we won’t cover anymore, not even in Daily Links, is WSL. It’s not GNU/Linux news, it’s just Microsoft Windows news. It’s about selling Vista 10, which is technically malware. So-called ‘Linux’ news sites that write about WSL as if it’s positive news for GNU/Linux say a lot about themselves, not about WSL.

I am currently experimenting with not reading E-mail for several days at a time, i.e. the same way I treat notifications in social control media. It helps reduce mental clutter and potential distraction. So if readers send mail they might have to wait longer than a day for a reply. For quick response use the main IRC channel, where there are 60-70 of us 24/7. Logs from all our IRC channels are shared every morning to assure full transparency with enhanced anonymity where it is necessary. Some discussions are held there and decisions occasionally made. Next month we turn 13.5. As long as we manage to keep our job (remote nighttime job) it’s safe to say that the site is here to stay and to grow. The writing, the associated research and so on occupy up to 100 hours a week. It’s not motivated by profit but by justice alone. Once a week we leave the house to get some food (pandemic times rules are lax enough for that here) and as long as we’re fed we’re staying motivated and relatively focused.

“Logs from all our IRC channels are shared every morning to assure full transparency with enhanced anonymity where it is necessary.”It is worth noting that the Linux Foundation, with its spokesperson from Microsoft, makes it rather obvious that it is not about Linux anymore. Last week it issued two press releases about non-Linux operating systems that it now supports and promotes. Perhaps more curiously, one of the highest ranked persons in the Foundation (Abby Kearns) left abruptly. She’s pursuing other — albeit unspecified and undisclosed — endeavours. A bunch of former PR people from the Foundation now work as outside contractors for the Foundation, which clearly lost its way. It deserves to lose Linus Torvalds. It’s time for him to leave and work on Linux from elsewhere — as he did after he had left OSDL.

At this late stage of entryism, with four or more Microsoft executives in the management team and the board of the Foundation, we’ve decided that any further comment would be almost spurious; people out there generally understand already that the Foundation is not what it claims to be or even what its name/title implies. It’s outsourcing almost all the code to Microsoft (proprietary software designed to imprison GNU/Linux, subsidised at a loss). This is the way to kill Free software with a smile.

“We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger….If you’re going to kill someone, there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger.”

Jim Allchin, Microsoft’s Platform Group Vice President

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