09.14.21

Richard Stallman Is Not Surrendering His Free Speech

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF at 4:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Today we commemorate the September 11 attacks, which killed President Allende of Chile and installed Pinochet's murderous military dictatorship. More than 3,000 dissidents were killed or 'disappeared' by the Pinochet regime. The USA operated a destabilization campaign in Chile, and the September 11, 1973, attacks were part of that campaign.

Summary: The homepage of Dr. Stallman looked like this on Saturday, 20 years since the September 11 attacks in the US, noting that “[t]oday we commemorate the September 11 attacks, which killed President Allende of Chile and installed Pinochet’s murderous military dictatorship. More than 3,000 dissidents were killed or “disappeared” by the Pinochet regime. The USA operated a destabilization campaign in Chile, and the September 11, 1973, attacks were part of that campaign.”

09.13.21

This Coming Saturday Richard Stallman Will Give His First Public Talk Since May

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GPL at 5:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Richard Stallman on Ukraine event

OSDN - Richard Stallman

Richard Stallman talk slot

Summary: Cordial headsup to Free/libre software aficionados; “Richard Stallman will be giving a talk in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday, September, 18, titled Free Software and the GNU General Public License,” his Web site says. It’s noted here.

09.05.21

The State of Free Software

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, Microsoft at 9:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Third “E” in full swing yet?

Interesting, so Microsoft is integrating VSCode into GitHub. Press dot (.) on any GitHub repo while signed in to see. PS. Seems to have issues with service workers on Firefox

Summary: Microsoft is trying to leverage GitHub to plug developers — in a sort of a ‘shotgun wedding’ — into its proprietary toolsets that spy on both developers and users; the FSF needs to become vocal about it (recently it offered money for essays on such threats)

STATE it upfront: Free software does not have a state. It does not have a country or “territory” as such. It’s not controlled by one single company; if you think that it is, then it’s likely not Free software but just openwashing. Check carefully because “code available” isn’t the same as freedom, no matter whose licence. With regards to its state as in status quo, at the moment it is under a vicious attack by Microsoft, notably through GitHub. What else do you think Microsoft paid for (to only operate at a loss)? Microsoft is still submitting petitions under the name “GitHub”, intervening in court cases over software copyrights and APIs; moreover, Microsoft is trying to kill the GPL (or copyright-based copyleft) by making enforcement very hard (or pushing lots of people to violate copyright law inside code, then use “HEY HI” as an excuse… yes, that's what GitHub Copilot is for!).

We urge readers to politely caution all who still host code (or participate in GitHub in any way) to refrain from it. Moreover, GitHub is not a Web site hosting platform (someone needs to explain that to Libera)… nor a blogging platform; those who treat it as such say a lot about themselves. They’re OK with proprietary software and Microsoft (where no such need ever arose; Free software does this job vastly better at no cost). Any momentum given to that Microsoft-owned platform is more surveillance (business intelligence) for Microsoft and more fire power to be harnessed by those who attack our movement. The anti-FSF petition was set up on there, the people who signed it had accounts there (Libera hosts both its site and code there), and it is generally getting worse and worse over time. It’s a surveillance and censorship platform designed to steer developers away from freedom (autonomy/self governance) and towards more proprietary software, more Microsoft control, and more surveillance both for users and for developers. They already control far too much of our communications — something that should never have happened.

If there’s one very big threat to Free software, it’s GitHub. Delete Github.

09.03.21

Free Software Foundation, 36 Years Old, Still Fights for Software Freedom

Posted in Apple, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 4:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 4b5aa953d4c8a58ba9f3fbeefd2b5e62

Summary: Free software supporters should not forget that in the face of a rather vicious and corporate-backed online mob the FSF brought its founder back to the board; it has since then lessened its dependence on funding from large corporations, which means it deserves more supporters or donations from individuals who value software freedom

THE past few years we wrote hundreds of articles about the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which is 36 this year (it turns 36 in one month and one day). Yes, 36. A lot older than Linux. In past years we noted that the FSF had become a little dependent on a bunch of rather large companies — which we estimated (based on IRS filings) to account for about half of the FSF’s budget.

That’s not the case anymore.

“The FSF is definitely still effective and it deserves our support. It’s not sucking the teat of Google or IBM or any other very large company.”It can take a year or two to gain public access to IRS filings which correspond to a present year, but we suspect that a large majority of the FSF’s budget comes from supporters (which in FSF terms means individuals, not corporations which are dubbed “patrons”).

In the video above (first video in a while that uses an external camera) I take a look at last night’s posts from the FSF. They hire additional people and they still speak out against Apple. The FSF is definitely still effective and it deserves our support. It’s not sucking the teat of Google or IBM or any other very large company.

“Just had someone DM me saying they got Google money for their NGO and Google might be terrible but taking their money doesn’t make your organisation bad. So I told them I could probably get them funding from Saudi Arabia and they went silent.”

Aral Balkan this week

08.28.21

IBM Cannot Possibly Recover by Attacking the Software Community and Alienating Geeks

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux, IBM at 9:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 4f3d350031f416754e17a6c0008e4bf5

Summary: IBM is in a really bad state, even if the media fails to report on the matter; the video above (and post below, composed afterwards to accompany the video) takes stock of recent developments and what they mean to the future of the decreasingly “big” blue

The poor if not utterly appalling attitude of IBM, an arrogant strategy which wrongly assumes that IBM is “too big to fail”, is definitely going to fail IBM; many people already leave in droves (an exodus, never mind the layoffs), making recovery or rebound improbable and maybe infeasible.

“Isn’t it funny that the same companies which are working hard to ban/remove the word “master” are themselves treating people — even volunteers — like slaves (with masters being those conceited, self-righteous companies)?”Last week we wrote about Fedora blacklisting Persians; several other people have pointed out the same thing, albeit in harsher terms than ours (comparing Fedora/IBM to Hitler, which means suppressed IBM truths). As a matter of policy, Techrights cannot recommend GNU/Linux distros from IBM anymore; RHEL 8-based distros/clones are OK and the same is true for Arch Linux, Debian, Gentoo etc. (not Ubuntu though) because those who master the distros matter more than the underlying technical details. Isn’t it funny that the same companies which are working hard to ban/remove the word “master” are themselves treating people — even volunteers — like slaves (with masters being those conceited, self-righteous companies*)?

This morning we published "5 Months Later People Still Remove Their Names From the Slanderous Anti-RMS Petition, Managed by IBM Staff" (related to "IBM is NOT a Friend of Free Software"). We’ve added this to examples of IBM “Attacking Communities/Volunteers” examples (see our IBM wiki). It’s mostly visual with names occluded (it’s nothing personal!) because the paymaster is what matters. A lot of people do what they’re told by their bosses because they want to pay the bills (or a massive mortgage they should never have taken in the first place).

“The severe issues associated with staff morale cannot be overcome; it’s years too late already and the attacks on the founder of GNU/Linux are going to make it very difficult to hire geeks.”Today we discuss the defamatory letter crafted more than 5 months ago by IBM-funded front groups that still want to weaken the Free Software Foundation by taking away its founder and its copyrights (GNU Project copyright assignments) because IBM — unlike Red Hat — does not seem to understand how copyleft works (which would help explain the self-harming decision to abandon CentOS users). Based on what IBM and insiders write anonymously online, IBM has no future, only lots more layoffs. It has a very severe staff retention crisis and it is unable to recruit the necessary talent. IBM, once the sole giant of computing, is now worth less than AMD and SAP; it’s trying to split the company to manufacture an illusion of growth (profitability has been down by about 50% in the past half a decade alone), but that’s just classic ‘creative accounting’ (shuffling the buckets — same thing Microsoft does). The severe issues associated with staff morale cannot be overcome; it’s years too late already and the attacks on the founder of GNU/Linux are going to make it very difficult to hire geeks. Yes, geeks aren’t stupid and many view those attacks as collective.

In the video we walk through some recent discussions about the company (mostly existing and former staff in thelayoff.com) since the media is failing to report on these things. It’s too busy looking for corporate sponsors instead of covering corporate abuse, including deception. Due to the scale of IBM (historically), there are still loads of “ex-IBM” folks out there; some of them worry about their IBM pensions and remember fondly some of the things IBM did actually invent (mostly hardware). But that IBM is long gone and now it’s mostly a financial manipulation instrument in service of managers and grifters, not engineers. IBM’s President Jim Whitehurst left the company and went back to his home state; he could see the writings on the wall…

“The attack on Stallman came less than a year later, coinciding with a Bill Gates scandal at MIT (he, unlike Stallman, was actually very closely connected to Jeffrey Epstein).”For quite some time now IBM has been trying to privatise GNU and Linux so as to make volunteers’ hard work their own monopoly (of course they will fail, but they still try!). Microsoft has been trying the same when it bought GitHub. One source of ours has insinuated for more than a couple of years that the attacks which led to Torvalds’ removal from his own project (to see therapists) was caused by IBM-connected media and this was likely motivated by an effort to reduce the buying price of Red Hat (the time of those two events was almost the same; there was overlap), but the source was unable to verify this with ‘smoking gun’-type evidence. The attack on Richard Stallman came less than a year later, coinciding with a Bill Gates scandal at MIT (he, unlike Stallman, was actually very closely connected to Jeffrey Epstein).
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* ZDNet, which kept telling us “master” as a word is offensive, published “Master” in its headline only moments ago (very first word in the headline). They keep putting their hypocrisy and double standards up on display.

08.07.21

When Tech Rights Go ‘Mainstream’

Posted in EFF, FSF, Site News at 9:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 01510b0db4d7994b97ed86c4b8b1eddb

Summary: Our focus on exposing organised crime and criminals [1, 2] is generally being recognised; but the term “tech rights” also spreads a little further as the reach of the message broadens

This is a different kind of “tech rights” video. We start by showing an embrace of the term, this time by Doctorow from the EFF* (there were some British doctors who used the term several years ago) and then we end up landing on the FSF’s site, showing this latest blog post about software patents, including a discussion of the UPC — or putting a rogue, judge-hostile EPO in charge of courts — and this still-active “End Software Patents Wiki” (whose original maintainer no longer seems to be involved with the FSF). The video is spontaneous, it talks about our future direction and focus, and it commends the FSF and some of the geeks who are still at the EFF (there are elements in the EFF which we don't like, but the EFF isn’t a monolith so we’d rather not throw out the baby with the bathwater).

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* In “Tech Rights Are Workers’ Rights: Doordash Edition” he says that “[t]hough customers input their tips when they place their orders, the amount is hidden from drivers until they complete the job – turning each dispatch into a casino game where the dealer knows the payout in advance but the worker only finds out whether they’ve made or lost money on a delivery after it’s done.”

08.03.21

IBM’s Attack on the Community and on GPL/FSF is an Attack on Red Hat’s Greatest Asset

Posted in Deception, FSF, GNU/Linux, GPL, IBM, Red Hat, Servers at 6:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM has no clue what it's doing (and it has lost someone who knew better, Mr. Allowhurst)

We've made centos users become IBM customers, but it didn't work because of Alma, Rocky, Debian etc.
IBM attacks what it cannot understand (or cannot control)

Summary: Ever since IBM bought Red Hat it has repeatedly attacked the FSF (in a malicious and personified fashion), looking for its own ‘copyright grab’ whilst outsourcing loads of code to proprietary software monopolisers who attack the GPL; by doing so, IBM is destroying the value of what it paid more than 30 billion dollars for (IBM is governed by pretentious fools, according to IBM insiders; they’ve already lost Red Hat’s longtime CEO and IBM’s new President), so it’s falling back on openwashing of IBM's proprietary software with help from the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation

07.29.21

Half the People in This Letter Are IBM Employees

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, IBM, Red Hat at 9:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Spot the pattern: Guix Petition Demographic Data, by Figosdev (IBM wants volunteers as “slaves” of IBM)

ibm-gnu-cla

Summary: IBM seems to be continuing its war on the FSF because IBM wants to own everything (CentOS being ‘canned’ was just part of the plan)

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