06.15.20

Microsoft Will Paint Everything It Doesn’t Control as Anarchy and Danger (or Terrorism)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FUD, IBM, Microsoft at 1:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“There are people who don’t like capitalism, and people who don’t like PCs. But there’s no-one who likes the PC who doesn’t like Microsoft.”

Bill Gates

Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism: An update on our progress two years on

Summary: “I also expect a serious effort, backed by several billion dollars in bribe money (oops, excuse me, campaign contributions), to get [Free] open-source software outlawed on some kind of theory that it aids terrorists,” ESR wrote in 2004

Bill Gates, heir of a banking family (his mom’s side, which set him up for 'success'), likes capitalism. It has served him well, hasn’t it? It even got him out of jail several times (his father, the powerful lawyer, could pay bail a million times over!). Money and connections beget power. One doesn’t even need technical superiority (or else someone like Kildall would be a king of technology).

Richard Stallman was in the right place at the right time. As Gates slurred people who had been sharing code half a decade earlier there was clearly a desire and a need to keep hackers (geeks) collaborating. Many UNIX gurus were willing to defect to Stallman’s team, embracing copyleft to ensure their code wouldn’t get ‘stolen’ by the ‘pirates of Silicon Valley’.

“Wait for the liars and crooks from Microsoft to paint all those who reject its monopoly (which includes GitHub) as some sort of radicals who dislike capitalism, as if monopoly and capitalism are the same thing.”It worked! 30 years later GNU/Linux became the dominant platform in servers and many other machines/devices. But the moment it happened Microsoft looked for ways to hijack the movement, oust its leaders etc. Buying GitHub is one thing; just one of several. Right now they try to portray projects that lack GitHub ‘presence’ as if they don’t exist, don’t count, or must be some archaic bunch of ‘smelly hippies’… we wrote a bunch of articles to that effect, providing evidence of this trend.

This has long been a strategy… whenever monopolies looked to co-opt movements. Before Microsoft it was IBM that used F.U.D. tactics such as this (as if only IBM is “professional” and “nobody gets fired” for choosing monopoly). Wait for the liars and crooks from Microsoft to paint all those who reject its monopoly (which includes GitHub) as some sort of radicals who dislike capitalism, as if monopoly and capitalism are the same thing. That’s a repetition of the 1970s when Mr. Gates, a super rich boy since birth, demonised people who wrote better code than his as “thieves”. Inferiority complex and privilege don’t mix too well. Right now, and especially this weekend (because of worldwide protests against Gates), critics of his are collectively being painted as “conspiracy theorists”…

Microsoft GitHub Isn’t Programming Language-Agnostic

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 1:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Nor is it licence-agnostic

C sharp
GitHub’s CEO

Summary: The monopoly enabler called “GitHub” is merely an extension of Microsoft’s empire (extended to conquer the very resistance or alternatives to Microsoft)

PEOPLE can only ever delude themselves into this ludicrous idea that Microsoft GitHub is OK with GPL/copyleft and doesn’t care about what frameworks are used, whose hosting gets chosen, what IDE is preferred etc.

“Maybe Microsoft GitHub isn’t totally aggressive towards developers, at least not yet. Censorship of developers and projects is quickly becoming a growing concern and people who don’t choose Microsoft frameworks (and Azure, not to mention permissive licences, Visual Studio etc.) will over time be prodded in that direction.”What’s perhaps most shocking to us about the Microsoft GitHub thing is the way corporate media treats it, including so-called ‘tech’ press. They keep pushing all sorts of lies about “love” and tell us mythical stuff about “Arctic vault” (to distract from ICE contracts that cause Microsoft GitHub staff to flee in droves).

Maybe Microsoft GitHub isn’t totally aggressive towards developers, at least not yet. Censorship of developers and projects is quickly becoming a growing concern and people who don’t choose Microsoft frameworks (and Azure, not to mention permissive licences, Visual Studio etc.) will over time be prodded in that direction. At the moment Microsoft is building control over people, over developers in particular (not only users). As Ryan put it an hour ago in IRC, “GitHub is really nasty and might delete your project over DMCA letters. You should host your project in an area where the DMCA doesn’t apply. The DMCA is part of what makes the US legally dangerous to host data in. DMCA/PRISM/SESTA, bunch of other stuff. There’s a case winding through the courts that may strike down some or all of SESTA. The US government is an absolute menace.”

“We kindly remind developers to not outsource code and entirely divert projects to GitHub.”Ryan is an American based in Waukegan. He’s also a former Microsoft MVP who has since then dumped Windows and became a GNU/Linux user.

We kindly remind developers to not outsource code and entirely divert projects to GitHub. The GitHub you know and see today isn’t what it’ll be next year or in 5 years. It’s merely an instrument of control. Microsoft extended its monopoly to its very competition. It’s proprietary software controlled by a company with a history of foaming at the mouth against Free software. None of that has changed except the "useful" (to them) pretenses.

The Story About Microsoft’s Plan for GitHub Says a Lot About the Motivations and the Lies Told to Us for Over Half a Decade

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 12:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It is all about monopoly and control (coercive relationship), not sharing

Microsoft as antichrist
Notice how he (Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s Clown Chief) openly acknowledges that it’s correct to view Microsoft as the “antichrist”

Summary: Microsoft’s strategy of hijacking the Free software movement wasn’t a reflex and didn’t come about overnight; the people behind it and their thinking (as shared openly for the media to publish) reveal the true motivation, the real agenda

THIS morning I spent several long hours studying the roots of the GitHub acquisition (the research is based on old articles, photographs and background readings), reaffirming to myself what I mostly knew already. This subject isn’t new to me. I spent years reading about it already and I wrote about it many times in the past. Herein we present the gist of the story. I believe this to be as accurate as possible, no spin or marketing or embellishments (like Microsoft’s claims that it “loves Linux”; it’s hard to buy or take over something that you shamelessly call “cancer”).

The takeover of GitHub was planned 6 years ago and happened almost exactly 2 years ago. The person who came up with this idea/strategy confessed openly: “We would have screwed it up, and developers – many of whom viewed Microsoft as public enemy No. 1 for its attacks on freely distributed open-source software – would have rioted.” (we made a screenshot above because this confession is important)

“The takeover of GitHub was planned 6 years ago and happened almost exactly 2 years ago.”That was 6 years ago. This was covered in various publications. Microsoft was aware things would backfire badly.

When Microsoft announced the anti-competitive (a likely antitrust issue) move to hijack GitHub, i.e. takeover of its biggest competition, it worked overtime and super-hard to dominate the media narrative with falsehoods and lies. We’ve produced some evidence of this before. And thinking back, how many publishers pushed back against it? Almost none. Microsoft got the media all set up for puff pieces (in advance). Who needs truth anyway……

“People who are still in denial about GitHub being an attack on Free software probably still believe crap like “Microsoft loves Linux” (which started a year after Microsoft planned to buy GitHub but knew Free software developers would flee, so it needed years to lie).”Here’s Microsoft’s media mole Dina Bass (at Techrights we published leaks about her secret collaborations with Microsoft) pushing lies into the media, pretending Microsoft is welcomed as it attacks Free software projects for reinforcement of Microsoft’s monopoly. And one year later she still whitewashed the whole thing and the media reprinted the story widely (as we noted at the time; this Journal Gazette copy is one of very many, several dozens if not a hundred).

“In 2014,” it says, “Microsoft cloud chief Scott Guthrie wrote up a proposal to acquire GitHub. Then he filed the plan away in a drawer.”

People who are still in denial about GitHub being an attack on Free software probably still believe crap like “Microsoft loves Linux” (which started a year after Microsoft planned to buy GitHub but knew Free software developers would flee, so it needed years to lie). And then, not too long after paying undisclosed sums of money for Xamarin (whose CEO was the sidekick of Miguel de Icaza) Microsoft put in charge of GitHub its longtime mole and former Microsoft intern, whom it also used to promote .NET with/via Mono, the patent/lock-in/monopolistic trap. This young man may seem harmless, but Microsoft has used him to attack the Free software community for nearly two decades. The media isn’t covering any of these aspects and later the publishers which rapidly perish wonder why people distrust so much of the media (where paying advertisers set the agenda/tone).

So they lied to us for four years. They had reasons to. The lies were strategic.

“So they lied to us for four years. They had reasons to. The lies were strategic.”It is worth noting that the same year Tom Preston-Werner (co-founder) stepped down as GitHub’s chief over an harassment claim, which he denies, Microsoft made plans to buy GitHub for monopoly/control over its opposition, according to Bloomberg. A year later they started that “Microsoft Loves Linux” PR blitz (lie), which went all the way up to the newly-appointed and Bill Gates-advised CEO.

This co-founder of GitHub had worked for a company later sold to Microsoft (Powerset) and, according to Wikipedia, “[f]ollowing his resignation from GitHub, Preston-Werner sold his shares in the company to Microsoft” (making him a billionaire).

“A year later they started that “Microsoft Loves Linux” PR blitz (lie), which went all the way up to the newly-appointed and Bill Gates-advised CEO.”While researching the ‘backstory’ (so to speak) about the takeover, which Microsoft already planned in 2014, we also stumbled upon this article which reminds us that the Linux Foundation was actively helping Microsoft. While regulators assessed the proposed buyout Mr. Zemlin told lies that Microsoft managers eagerly recorded. Also remember the Guthrie/Microsoft/GitHub/Zemlin photo ops, predating the takeover by less than two years (same time the “Microsoft loves Linux” nonsense was put up in a presentation by Guthrie… at a Linux event). We’ve reproduced these photo ops and slides many times here (photos do tell a story sometimes). Regular readers will know what we’re alluding to…

“It could be argued that Microsoft’s unethical Technology Evangelism (TE) practices are “old news”—i.e., that Microsoft stopped using these questionable TE practices long ago. This is very unlikely to be the case, for at least three reasons.”

James Plamondon, Microsoft’s former chief Technology Evangelist (TE)

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