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09.10.20

Malaysian Policy De-mystifies Tone Policing

Posted in Asia, Free/Libre Software at 11:45 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Reprinted with permission from the Free Software Fellowship

When the leaders of free software organizations want to avoid answering questions about money and conflicts of interest, one of their most popular fudges is to have some sidekick come in and complain about the tone of the question. These are the tone police. Beware.

What, then, is the correct tone for women and volunteers to use when asking husbands and leaders about money?

The Malaysian Government has provided an insight: try to sound like the cartoon character Doraemon. Doraemon is a robotic cat without ears.

The Malaysians have gone a lot further, creating a complete Code of Conduct for women to observe during the Coronavirus lockdown:

  • Put on your make-up
  • Wear a skirt and high heels (see the picture in the advertisement below)
  • Avoid nagging your husband when he is comfortable on the sofa

What happens if you have a Code of Conduct issue? Well, most Codes of Conduct have a reporting procedure. In many free software organizations, it involves sending a report to the leader or the event organizer. If you look around the real world, you’ll notice that in many cases the most serious Code of Conduct abuses are committed by people in positions of authority. Therefore, if free software organizations designate their leaders and close allies to handle CoC complaints, they make it impossible for the most serious complaints to be investigated.

The marital home provides an opportunity for us to understand this: if a Malaysian woman has a Code of Conduct problem, what is she going to do, put on her best Doraemon voice and ask permission to complain? Sadly, that is exactly what the brochure instructs.

In her infamous talk about enforcement at FOSDEM 2019, OSI president Molly de Blanc insists that it is necessary to follow through on community guidelines. She even gives a horrendous picture of a cat behind bars, how would Doraemon feel looking at that?

This is no laughing matter unfortunately. A recent survey found one in five women still believe husbands deserve to beat ‘disobedient’ wives as they enforce Codes of Conduct in the home.

As we read that, we couldn’t help wondering if the rate of domestic homicides will increase in 2020 and if so, is the Code of Conduct to blame for that?

While the wording of this Code of Conduct varies significantly from those used in free software organizations, the principle is the same: trying to justify a situation where some people are more equal than others.

Cat slides

Malaysia_CoC_1

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Malaysia_CoC_3

08.01.20

IBM Loves Power (and Nuclear POWER, or Expensive OpenPOWER) More Than It Loves GNU/Linux

Posted in Asia, IBM at 10:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Openwashing power (very expensive hardware that needs dishonest marketing to sell) and political power, but power is still power and one day it’ll be misused really badly as it’s the region most likely to inflame nuclear conflict in the coming years

Tariq Jameel hotline: More power to autocrats, with nukes even

Summary: As we noted last week, IBM is very close to Modi because it is moving a lot of its workforce to India [1, 2] and this can become a future liability to IBM’s reputation (or lack thereof) as a tolerant firm

Close-ups:

Modi nukes

Modi and IBM

Donald Trump’s Trash Against China Helps Prop up Microsoft Monopoly and Distract From All the Microsoft Layoffs

Posted in Antitrust, Asia, Microsoft at 8:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The Coming War on China (John Pilger) | Full Documentary

Trump Microsoft

Summary: Microsoft as a surveillance giant of the United States government isn’t a myth; it was first in the PRISM programme of the NSA (Bill Gates is a loud proponent of NSA surveillance), it took over European Skype under mysterious circumstances, and now it might be getting TikTok as a ‘gift’ from Donald Trump’s friends and the imperialists, in effect confiscating Chinese assets for full-spectrum dominance

THE Microsoft monopoly is still a problem. The Microsoft monopoly may be eroding/slipping away, but it is still harmful. Yesterday in Daily Links we included this article entitled “Microsoft’s Edge browser is crashing if you have Google set as default search” and to quote some sentences from the leading paragraph: “Microsoft’s new Edge browser started randomly crashing when users typed into the address bar tonight. The issues appear to have affected Edge users who have selected Google as the default search engine.” (This publisher is close to Microsoft, so this is followed by face-saving spin)

“The Microsoft monopoly may be eroding/slipping away, but it is still harmful.”Microsoft has a long, long history breaking and sabotaging things if they’re configured in a way Microsoft doesn’t like (e.g. AARD). Microsoft’s monopoly abuse has often been downright criminal, not merely abusive. This is why many people still dislike and distrust Microsoft.

Donald Trump, being the con man that he is, probably sees eye to eye and can relate to Microsoft. They have no moral leverage over one another and Bill Gates said or at least publicly insinuated he'd be willing to back Trump in 2020. Whatever makes him richer…

“Microsoft’s monopoly abuse has often been downright criminal, not merely abusive.”Gates isn’t a techie. He’s not educated as a techie and he never even graduated from college (where he studied law — something he became good at breaking). Gates is a politician. He acts like one; he is one. Trump reportedly offered Gates a job at his cabinet (top adviser) and Gates declined; he declined not because of Trump but because, according to him, it would not be good use of his time. Remember that Gates is not against Trump. He never was. Criminals in positions of power are less likely to enforce the law against other criminals (instead they focus on silencing if not arresting those who expose their crimes).

As a side note, earlier today I watched the whole film above (highlighted to me the other day because it had become freely accessible); its producer has a long track record of making films about issues strongly suppressed by the Western powers. I learned a lot from his films over the years and they partly shaped my views on world affairs. In the last few minutes of the film Pilger concludes and remarks on what Donald Trump is hoping to achieve. This is important and very relevant to the subject named below.

This brings us to a difficult subject because it is almost purely political (and we prefer to avoid ‘pure’ politics; they can distract from the underlying issues through partisan slant). It was all over the news yesterday and it will be in our next Daily Links. An associate of ours collated and picked the following excerpts:

  • Microsoft Said to Be Exploring TikTok Acquisition

    Reports in both The New York Times and Bloomberg confirmed an earlier Fox Business story that the Washington-based tech giant was in talks to buy TikTok, which with over 2 billion global downloads has become one of the fastest-growing social media platforms.

    Another scenario, first reported by The Information, would involve the U.S. investors in TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, acquiring the app.

  • Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Buy TikTok, as Trump Weighs Curtailing App

    It’s unclear how advanced TikTok’s talks to sell itself to Microsoft and other companies are, but changing ownership is crucial for the app. The United States is one of TikTok’s major markets, so continued operations in the country are a priority.

    TikTok has discussed other scenarios to alleviate concerns by U.S. officials. In one scenario, non-Chinese investors like Sequoia Capital, SoftBank and General Atlantic could purchase a majority stake in the app from ByteDance, people familiar with the discussions have said.

  • Microsoft in talks to purchase TikTok: report

    The New York Times cited an anonymous source who said the purchase could come later in the day Friday. Microsoft did not respond to The Hill’s request for comment on the potential purchase.

  • TikTok Draws Interest From Bidders Other Than Microsoft

    Venture investors in ByteDance have approached Chief Executive Officer Zhang Yiming with a range of proposals to address U.S. concerns that the app, especially popular with teens, is a security threat, people familiar with the matter have said. Any solution would likely have to pass scrutiny from U.S. regulators in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, as well as U.S. antitrust regulators.

  • Microsoft Is in Talks to Buy TikTok in U.S.

    Spokespeople for Microsoft and TikTok declined to comment on any potential talks. The software company’s interest in the app was reported earlier by Fox Business Network.

  • Update: The TikTok Clusterfuck: Trump To Order A Block, Microsoft Wants To Buy, And Competition Is Still There

    Update: Sooo… we already have a bunch of updates on this story. Trump has said he’s banning TikTok entirely and is “against” allowing a US company to buy TikTok. Below is the original post, with only a slight clarification regarding Ben Thompson’s thoughts on TikTok, which I didn’t present very clearly in the original. Then, beneath the post I’ll have more thoughts on Trump’s comments.

This neatly relates to a subject we wrote about in the past, namely the Pentagon/”JEDI” contract, which seemed to us like a form of Microsoft bailout in ‘military’ clothing (as we note in our series about IBM, making one’s military dependent on your aging and even inferior technology makes you “too big [or essential] to fail/fall”).

“The purchase rumors for Tiktok are likely a distraction from Microsoft layoffs or similar bad news,” our associate noted this morning and Ryan cited two articles in IRC some hours ago [1, 2]. It was past midnight, so tomorrow’s IRC logs will include that. Long story short, this morning the Bill Gates-funded BBC reported on it and it’s as shallow as Microsoft wants it. There’s no discussion about the Microsoft-Trump relationship, the Microsoft layoffs (about 5,000 of them this summer), and ‘bailout’-like aspects, which merit discussion.

“Gates is a politician. He acts like one; he is one.”“Trump wants to give TikTok to Microsoft,” Ryan said. “Could explain why it [Microsoft] wasn’t at the “antitrust” grilling the other day.”

“One of the individuals confirmed Microsoft was in the lead to acquire the popular platform’s U.S. service,” Ryan quoted. “Another attempt to prop Microsoft up” is what he called it, adding that “Skype fell out of favor after they spent way too much money on it and now they’re working closely with the administration to get TikTok in a forced sale.”

“The “China” excuse doesn’t pass the sniff test,” Ryan said, “in my opinion. We know that Microsoft is a PRISM/Five Eyes collaborator, so handing it off to Microsoft would immediately make it much easier to spy on everyone who uses TikTok, whether they are in the US or not.”

“This neatly relates to a subject we wrote about in the past, namely the Pentagon/”JEDI” contract, which seemed to us like a form of Microsoft bailout in ‘military’ clothing…”Of course the media was totally hypocritical about privacy aspects of TikTok. Pretty much all of TikTok’s big competitors are in the surveillance business and are vastly worse than TikTok. The last article above (from TechDirt) is one of several that repeatedly highlight this very simple fact.

TikTok has been blasted by Trump and his sidekick Pompeo, who are of course happy to ignore all the surveillance that benefits themselves.

“PRISM pretty much makes your Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook accounts an NSA trap. Any low level analyst can punch in your account name and start copying over your files and email and stuff,” Ryan noted. “The fact that TikTok has lured a lot of fools into using it heavily means that the US government wants to control it so that it can put hooks into it. You wouldn’t just have to be crazy to put anything sensitive on any “service” like that. You’d have to be bonehead stupid.”

Quoting another article, Ryan spotted this: “Microsoft does not have a creative social media company to sow brand recognition with younger users, though the Redmond, Wash.-based company does own professional networking site LinkedIn.”

“TikTok has been blasted by Trump and his sidekick Pompeo, who are of course happy to ignore all the surveillance that benefits themselves.”Ryan responded: “Doesn’t mention anywhere that LinkedIn is falling apart and that Microsoft just sacked almost 1,000 people that were working there. Off to the next thing. People should recognize the Microsoft brand. It’s a warning sign. “Warning, company packed with pedophiles that makes shitty bloated software with government backdoors ahead. Run!”

“I can scarcely believe that Microsoft’s Fake Google has 27% of any market in search, much less the US. Everything they’ve done to “promote it”, like hijacking your Windows 10 defaults and “search bribery” (“Hey kid, want some XBOX Gold and Rick Jones?”) has failed. I can think of various reasons Microsoft wants TikTok. None of them good. The article keeps repeating that Microsoft wants “Young users.” Just over and over again. Probably wants to incorporate their faces into the databanks that it sells to the police and Trump’s unmarked van thugs. Lots of bad things. Probably the most naked reason is another platform for their advertising though. The police keep complaining that the facial recognition software they use or tap into (Ring and such) doesn’t know how to tell one black person from another, and then also says they regularly use it as evidence in court. How does that work? Right?”

“Recall what we wrote about the “JEDI” contract; the award came under investigation and the investigators could not rule out foul play by Microsoft and Trump.”MinceR then asked Ryan, “are they paying twitler [Trump] for this or is it just out of the evilness of his heart?”

Recall what we wrote about the “JEDI” contract; the award came under investigation and the investigators could not rule out foul play by Microsoft and Trump.

“With Trump and corruption, ” Ryan responded, “it’s like the Joker said. When you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

07.27.20

IBM is Associating Closely With Modi This Month (Same Modi Who Also Associates With Bill Gates, Profiteer in ‘Charity’ Clothing)

Posted in Asia, Bill Gates, IBM at 2:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Surveillance, segregation, GMO and clinical trials (a 'human laboratory') for monopolistic pharmaceutical giants that Gates stands to profit from

Summary: IBM maintains its tradition of liaising with racist autocrats (this video is one week old)

Gates Foundation Modi

Bill Gates and Modi

07.01.20

Corporate Media Blames ‘China’ and ‘Open Source’ for Back Doors in Microsoft’s Intentionally Flawed Proprietary Software That’s Causing Chaos

Posted in Asia, Australia, Deception, FUD, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 11:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Corporate media has long helped Microsoft distract the public, oftentimes leveraging nationalism to achieve this

The red flags

Summary: ‘Red Scare’ tactics are being used to divert attention away from Microsoft’s incompetence and conspiracy with the NSA (to put back doors in everything, essentially making all software inherently vulnerable, by design)

LAST month we published our hospital series. It was about hospital managers and media, in cohesion, blaming or punishing Microsoft’s competition for Microsoft’s own failings. Hospitals are being taken out of service because of Microsoft and somehow, perhaps miraculously, everything gets blamed except Microsoft. It’s part of a media cover-up and hospital blame-shifting pattern.

“It’s almost as though someone is in deep denial about the nature of the real culprit, instead blaming people who exploit the holes (as they can).”It’s barely surprising to hear — as I did earlier this week — that: “An analysis of the ongoing massive cyber attack on Australia finds mostly Microsoft vulnerabilities exploits.”

The official page speaks of “tools copied almost identically from open source.”

They focus on how the exploits were put together, not the holes that they exploit. But this part is telling: “During investigations, a common issue that reduced the effectiveness and speed of investigative efforts was the lack of comprehensive and historical logging information across a number of areas including web server request logs, Windows event logs and internet proxy logs. The ACSC strongly recommends reviewing and implementing the ACSC guidance on Windows Event Logging and Forwarding and System Monitoring.”

This part is pretty clear about Windows being the issue. “Stop public spending on Microsoft,” the person who highlighted to to me said. “Public Money, Public Code. Media blames China.” The above page also link to this page: “The actor has been identified leveraging a number of initial access vectors, with the most prevalent being the exploitation of public-facing infrastructure — primarily through the use of remote code execution vulnerabilities in unpatched versions of Telerik UI. Other vulnerabilities in public-facing infrastructure leveraged by the actor include exploitation of a deserialisation vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), a 2019 SharePoint vulnerability and the 2019 Citrix vulnerability.”

IIS, SharePoint, Citrix…

It’s almost as though someone is in deep denial about the nature of the real culprit, instead blaming people who exploit the holes (as they can). Not the people are blamed but the tools. Or sometimes the people, especially if they “foreigners”…

Another person highlighted to us this new piece which he says demonstrates “Windows TCO,” albeit it is “Microsoft marketeering spam” because it sort of rewrites the history of Maersk incidents, which years ago the media said had a major catastrophe due to Windows. This page entitled “Maersk, me & notPetya” says: “Within a couple of hours, it was clear this had impacted every single domain-joined Windows laptop, desktop, virtual machine and physical server around the planet.”

So Windows, with its notorious NSA back doors (for which there are remote access tools — tools which leaked online), is the actual culprit. Maybe stop using something which you know to be flawed (and often by design)?

05.08.20

Microsoft Propagandist Turns “Years” Into More Than Ten Years to Belittle a Massive Migration to GNU/Linux in China

Posted in Asia, Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 4:31 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Misquoting as an art form to humiliate one’s perceived ‘enemies’

Softpedia in 2020; Softpedia's credibility in 2021

Summary: Classic propaganda model in action; “Linux” news is actually Microsoft news and when whole nations move to GNU/Linux you demoralise or mock them

THE news about “Linux” this week is bombarded by Microsoft spam. This isn’t even unusual. It’s a form of Googlebombing and Google News is full of Microsoft in the “Linux” section, thanks to the likes of ZDNet. They hardly even pretend to be news sites anymore. Since when is one bounty among so many bounties major “news”? Since Microsoft pays the publishers to say so? Even mainstream (general) media covered it yesterday. It never covers anything about GNU/Linux, not even an LTS release of Ubuntu or China’s decision to adopt GNU/Linux.

“They hardly even pretend to be news sites anymore.”But there’s something even more sinister going on this morning.

The original article is entitled “China’s homegrown operating system could take years to rival Windows” and it was published not too long ago. The Web page is absolutely horrific; it’s a program, not a Web page, so here’s a screenshot.

Softpedia deception

How on Earth did that innocuous headline become this, from the very same person who spent many years repeatedly attacking Munich’s use of GNU/Linux? He calls himself “Microsoft Editor” (job title) yet he totally controls, no less than 100% (!), the “Linux” section of Softpedia. This is what happened to the above article:

All the 'hot' items this morning are Microsoft propaganda

There are only two “hot” items, with sticky putting them at the top of the page. Is this what people are led to think “Linux” news is? A Microsoft bounty that paints Linux as a security threat and something about China never leaving Windows?

Check the original article, which is cited as Softpedia’s sole source. The developer is being misquoted, or his words distorted, quite likely by intention, knowing the author's long-proven bias.

I asked the previous editor of the “Linux” section of Softpedia what he thinks about this shift. He used to say he loved Softpedia, where he wrote for many years. But months ago he vanished from it and suddenly reappeared in another site. We’ve just assessed Softpedia using a browser with no ad blocking and JavaScript blocking. Each page in the site now contains spyware and each article is full of ads, from top to middle to bottom…

I asked the previous editor, “why did you leave Softpedia (the backstory)? The Linux section there is used to promote anti-Linux propaganda now… (popa-ganda)” (reference to the new author’s name).

If we receive a response, we shall update this story. We’ve just checked again, but no reply yet.

“I’ve killed at least two Mac conferences. [...] by injecting Microsoft content into the conference, the conference got shut down. The guy who ran it said, why am I doing this?”

Microsoft's chief evangelist

07.05.19

Only After Millions Were Spent on Lawyers Microsoft’s Patent Troll in Europe Loses European Patent Used to Shake Down Android (Linux) Vendors

Posted in Asia, Europe, GNU/Linux, Patents at 1:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Conversant (formerly MOSAID) loses a tooth, but it doesn’t mean it’s toothless

Missing old tooth

Summary: More cautionary tales about European Patents being wrongly granted, potentially causing billions to be wasted and millions to be spent in legal fees; Microsoft’s attack dogs are still active and their targets demonstrate who the EPO really serves these days

THE patent trolls’ business has seen ‘healthy’ growth in Europe, based on surveys conducted by people who add up the number of court cases and their origin (plaintiff type/s). The Campinos/Battistelli attack on patent quality at the European Patent Office (EPO) is unprecedented. Sure, Brimelow permitted software patents [not] “as such”, but things went totally out of control under Battistelli. Contrariwise, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office saw a decline in the number of patents granted last year (some would attribute this to 35 U.S.C. § 101). Only a lawyer or a liar would assert that this means decrease in American innovation.

“Contrariwise, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office saw a decline in the number of patents granted last year (some would attribute this to 35 U.S.C. § 101).”The pile-up of low-quality patents in Europe will harm the most those least able to afford a court battle. The economics of patent trolling rely on these, e.g. SMEs. The last thing a troll wants or needs is lengthy court battle which may result not only in the loss of patents but also having to compensate the wrongly-accused defendant (this increasingly happens in the US). Thankfully, the UPC is more or less dead already, so at least we can still rely on courts (to some degree, assuming one can afford the battle).

Here’s some news: citing this older post predating the latest twist of events, Sidney Martin (Quebec Daily Examiner) wrote (emphasis ours): “The European Patent Office (EPO) opposition division has narrowed Afilias Technologies Plc’s device detection patent EP2245836B1 in Europe, as a result of an opposition brought by rival firm 51Degrees. The EPO concluded that the patent as initially granted was not valid.

“Thankfully, the UPC is more or less dead already, so at least we can still rely on courts (to some degree, assuming one can afford the battle).”Had it not been for this opposition, it would be granted and quality is only sliding further and further. It’s hard to keep up and file oppositions (the time windows for oppositions were also narrowed in recent years). Kilburn & Strode LLC’s Julia Venner and Kristina Cornish have also just published this article about Actavis v ICOS (covered here), demonstrating the narrowing of patent craze in courts, which unlike offices don’t just rubberstamp everything and more often than not toss out European Patents.

During Independence Day not many people paid attention to English language news (let alone to court battles). Writing about patents-in-standards (so-called ‘SEP’, or “standard-essential patents”, part of the cynical “FRAND” agenda that includes evergreening ploys in 5G), Rose Hughes takes notes about EP1797659, which is now tackled by Huawei, a Chinese giant (hence Huawei v Conversant), affecting also other Chinese giants such as ZTE.

It’s about a patent troll, MOSAID/Conversant, that Microsoft was arming — using Nokia‘s ‘core’ patents — to attack Microsoft’s competition, even in Europe. Guess what… the Supreme Court found that the European Patent is not valid. Quoting Hughes:

The FRAND/SEP saga continues today with a UK High Court decision on the validity of Conversant’s patent for 3G mobile phone technology. Mr Justice Arnold found that Conversant’s patent is essential and infringed by Huawei and ZTE, but invalid for added matter: Conversant v Huawei [2019] EWHC 1687 (Pat).

For a background summary of the dispute see IPKat here. In short, the case relates to standard essential patents (SEP) patents and Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licences. SEPs are patents protecting a technology which its owner has declared to be essential to the implementation of one or more of the telecommunications standards. To prevent anti-competitive behavior, standard setting organisations require SEP holders to licence the technology on Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) terms.

In Huawei v Conversant [2019] EWCA Civ 38 (IPKat post here), Conversant sued both Huawei and ZTE in the UK courts for infringement of, what it claimed, were its essential patents. Conversant sought an injunction, damages and a declaration that it had made FRAND offers to the defendants. Huawei and ZTE responded that the English courts did not have the jurisdiction in determining the terms of a global FRAND licence. The Court of Appeal found that the English courts did have jurisdiction to decide on the global licence terms, but could not force Huawei to enter into a global licence (but that they may face and injunction on the basis of the UK designation). The UK courts could, however, decide on the validity of the patent and whether Huawei infringed. Huawei and ZTE have been given permission to appeal this jurisdictional aspect of the dispute to the Supreme Court (the hearing is expected in October this year, see IPKat post here).

In the latest decision Mr Justice Arnold considered whether Conversant’s European Patent (UK) (EP1797659) was essential, valid and infringed by Huawei and ZTE. Conversant argued the UK patent was essential to an aspect of the 3G Universal Mobile Telecommunications Standard (“UMTS”), Uplink DRX. Conversant also argued that Huawei and ZTE marketed mobile phones complying with the UMTS, and were therefore infringing the patent. Mr Justice Arnold accepted Conversant’s arguments. The Judge agreed that Huawei was not infringing under a literal interpretation of the claims. Particularly, the claims did not cover Uplink DRX under a literal interpretation, but could be found to be essential and infringed under the doctrine of equivalents (Actavis) (para. 201).

Here we have a good example of the harms done by European Patents wrongly granted; no doubt a bunch of law firms made lots of money from it, but at whose expense? It’s not too hard to answer that question…

05.28.19

First South Korea and Now China: The Move Away From Microsoft Windows

Posted in Asia, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 2:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Obviously North Korea as well, straining the monoculture Microsoft heavily relies on

Terracotta Army

Summary: East Asia is putting Microsoft’s monopoly on desktops/laptops at great risk; there might be more discussion about this in days/weeks to come

THE Linux Foundation has said nothing about this (not even a link), but Microsoft’s predatory pricing and collusion with the NSA (new incidents related to this in Baltimore) may be costing it the biggest businesses and largest clients (governments). South Korea may already be yesterday's news; now it’s China. It’s not just about Huawei and about Android, either. There was an impact on Microsoft and Windows as well (mentioned in our daily links last week).

“China already has several of its own distributions and they are pretty well maintained. Some are RHEL based and in recent years Debian- and Ubuntu-based (Deepin and Kylin) distributions emerged as well.”China has, over the years, adopted GNU/Linux, but Bill Gates soob came there to sabotage such initiatives, under the auspices of his fake ‘charity’ (lobbying and tax evasion).

Perhaps we’ll know more about it in the coming days (it was a long weekend in the US). It seems like the world’s second-largest military (even largest based on some criteria) may be moving to GNU/Linux. Turkey’s military reportedly did something similar about a decade ago. Now China’s (but this goes beyond that, based on the report “Chinese Military Will Replace Windows Operating System“). They know that reliance on Free software isn’t just cost-saving but also a matter of national security. The article speaks of UNIX, which we assume means proprietary old UNIX, not GNU/Linux. To quote: “The group does not trust the “UNIX” multi-user, multi-stroke operating system either, which is used in some of the servers within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Kanwa reported. Therefore, Chinese authorities ordered to develop an operating system dedicated to the Chinese military.”

Will it be based on GNU/Linux? It does not say, but that seems rather probable. China already has several of its own distributions and they are pretty well maintained. Some are RHEL based and in recent years Debian- and Ubuntu-based (Deepin and Kylin, respectively) distributions emerged as well. There’s no lack of manpower.

“They’ll get sort of addicted, and then we’ll somehow figure out how to collect sometime in the next decade.”

Bill Gates about Chinese people

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