07.22.20

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Microsoft is Slipping Out of Control, Let’s Keep Free Software Momentum Until They’re Gone (or Too Weak to Matter)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 8:24 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GitHub is a siege against Free software, but it's operating at a massive loss and considerable lack of a business model (the goal is to undermine Microsoft’s competition or give Microsoft control over it)

Don't slip

Summary: There are positive signs and reasons for optimism; opponents of software freedom are in some sense on their last leg and we just need to persevere and stick together (while openly discussing the strategies leveraged against us)

THE Free software community needn’t despair; the attacks on the community are predictable. They’re reactionary. They’re disruptive, but we can endure it all, eventually. Efforts to divide us aren’t hard to see (along shallow and superficial lines).

Sacha Chua, who wrote for the Free Software Foundation the other day, said to us: “Moving off Github: Sure thing! I tried setting up Gitea, but I was having a hard time getting the built-in SSH server to work nicely with my docker+ufw+whatever set up. (I suck as a sysadmin!) It may have to wait until I’ve got a little more thinking time, since I’m mostly focused on childcare these days.”

“…remember that only a couple of months before the layoffs began Bill Gates left Microsoft (he knew what would come).”Microsoft is slipping off/out of balance (layoffs almost every week this summer), as it’s faking Azure numbers (this is what Microsoft tells shareholders its future is!) and Azure layoffs then follow, albeit very quietly. Microsoft is super-paranoid about its investors finding out. It would cause the shares to collapse; non-slip metal (as below) would not save Microsoft from slipping and remember that only a couple of months before the layoffs began Bill Gates left Microsoft (he knew what would come). He always knew there was much more money in mass vaccination campaigns than in software (he candidly spoke about this on camera) and he’s experimenting on Africans (seems like South Africans are the latest guinea pigs).

A texture of non-slip metal

Our advice to Free software aficionados is, keep up the good work, keep out of the traps (GitHub, Azure etc.) and wait patiently for the monopolies to lose their plot. COVID-19 is accelerating their demise. We know it, they know it, and earlier this week Debian revealed that it had managed to recruit many new developers during the lock-downs (more the twice the usual number).

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