08.13.20

Promoting False Perspectives and Narratives About GNU/Linux to Let Microsoft Dominate/Control Everything (Sometimes Quite Cynically in the Name of ‘Security’ or ‘Responsibility’)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Ubuntu at 4:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

ZDNet on Linux
Hours ago it said “FBI and NSA expose new Linux malware Drovorub, used by Russian state hackers” [sic] and notice the item below that (typical ZDNet). This was also pushed where this dishonest person came from (former colleagues).

Summary: Microsoft’s “perception management” games are progressing and are finding their way into official blogs of supposed ‘competitors’ like Canonical and SUSE

IT DOES not take a cynic to see and to also understand what’s going on. This is information warfare and the method is perception management. We know where the money is seeded or coming from.

“This is information warfare and the method is perception management.”This morning someone sent us a pointer about Sonatype pushing this nonsense about ‘supply chain’ again (in the ‘news’); we’re supposed to focus not on inherent security issues and instead obsess over the ‘supply chain’ nonsense as if letting the NSA through Microsoft control GitHub, NPM etc. is preferable and GitHub will resolve holes rather than add some. A few hours ago in Planet Debian, Sven Hoexte wrote about this issue. Naming GitHub (Microsoft) in a number of places, he said: “Yes some of that is even non-free and might contain spyw^telemetry.” (Microsoft is even liaising with Trump to steal companies for surveillance purposes)

“We know where the money is seeded or coming from.”Those types of shaming tactics and the attempt to push everyone to rely on proprietary GitHub in the name of ‘professionalism’ or whatever is perpetually echoed in ZDNet. See the screenshot above. That malicious site is filing Microsoft lies that have nothing to do with GNU/Linux in the “LINUX” section. It tries to make us think that GitHub is “open source” or whatever (lies like these are why we boycott ZDNet). It’s almost as if to the dishonest people who write for that site (on Microsoft’s payroll) black is white and white is black. It’s as if attacks (like GitHub and WSL) are proof of “love” for the thing that’s attacked. “Linux sucks and Microsoft is king”; that’s the message of the screenshot above; is ZDNet an extension of Microsoft’s marketing department now?

“It’s as if attacks (like GitHub and WSL) are proof of “love” for the thing that’s attacked.”It would be a lot simpler if we could only blame ZDNet, but the reality of the matter is that even so-called ‘Linux’ companies participate in this propaganda.

For the second day in a row, for example, Canonical is boosting Microsoft’s attacks on GNU/Linux. They literally promote Windows. Usually it’s from Sohini Bianka Roy and Mr. ‘UNIX’ Windows (Hayden), who uses pseudonyms when he attempts to silence his critics. If only Canonical promoted Free software with the same eagerness and excitement that it promotes Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft malware…

“If only Canonical promoted Free software with the same eagerness and excitement that it promotes Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft malware…”And no day would be complete without SUSE doing the same. Following part 1 with "Microsoft loves Linux" (a lie used to promote proprietary software) today we have part 2 which says about SQL Server: “The Microsoft packages are well documented, well-structured, avoid side-effects, and really a good testament to what Microsoft is doing in the open source community.”

It is not “open source”, it is proprietary and it does not even properly run on GNU/Linux, it uses DrawBridge.

“There’s a war on truth itself; that’s what PR and marketing people do.”But who cares about facts, right? According to ZDNet, “Microsoft to developers: These are our biggest and best open-source projects” (never mind if all the core products are proprietary) and Linux is just a security headache, unlike that platform (Windows) with NSA back doors everywhere, including the disk encryption.

There’s a war on truth itself; that’s what PR and marketing people do. The fact that this utter rubbish is also uttered by companies like Canonical is problematic as it serves to suggest that Microsoft is, in some sense, taking over the competition and speaking ‘for’ the competition.

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