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07.06.20

ZDNet’s ‘Linux’ Section: Linux is Full of Problems and It Loves/Embraces Software Patents

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Patents at 9:32 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Software patents promotion

Summary: Software patents promotion and GNU/Linux FUD; your daily dosage of ‘news’ from the tabloid known as ZDNet…

07.01.20

Contrary to Common Misconceptions, Free Software is More ‘Corporate’ or More ‘Enterprise-Grade’ Than Proprietary Abandonware (All Proprietary Software Will Die)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FUD, IBM, Microsoft at 3:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Let’s turn the tables on them because all they have is shallow marketing

A boardroom revisited

Summary: Free software can leverage the superficial and bland boardroom lingo/slang to promote itself; it would definitely harm or dilute/weaken the terms which proprietary software giants like to leverage against us

ANY piece of proprietary software will one day die for good unless its code is liberated (if that happens belatedly, like Microsoft releasing code it wrote before I was born… no sooner than 2020… then it’s worthless).

“When we look objectively at Linux and assess the breadth of usage of GNU or Curl or Firefox (well, not so much anymore because Mozilla lost its way) we quickly come to the realisation that the world is based on Free software.”FUD isn’t a new concept. Blame IBM for it. IBM started it. Evil company. Monopolist. Arrogant. Ask people old enough (like parents or grandparents if you’re young) how smug IBM engineers used to be back in the days they were presumed emperors of the universe, both hardware and software. Without IBM, Microsoft would be nothing (probably wouldn’t exist past the 1980s).

A month ago I quit reading "Open Source" news after more than 15 years (doing so every day!); it was so full of FUD and misinformation that I could no longer stand it. It was pure noise or close to pure noise (over 90% of it was garbage).

“So basically, what the media calls “Open Source” is nowadays more suitable (for pragmatic reason) or fit for purpose (technically) than this “enterprise software” or “commercial software”…”When we look objectively at Linux and assess the breadth of usage of GNU or Curl or Firefox (well, not so much anymore because Mozilla lost its way) we quickly come to the realisation that the world is based on Free software. It runs everywhere (never mind if the media calls it “Open Source”; the media giants have their own agenda, based upon the owners’). If there’s that (false) dichotomy of “enterprise software” or “commercial software” (what the media likes calling secret/proprietary software) compared to “free” stuff (they mean price but mockingly allude to free/libre software as shoddy), why do so many choose the latter — and more so over time, despite all the FUD?

Maybe it’s technically better, right?

And if it’s copyleft-licensed (GPL is still vast in the lines of code sense), then “enterprise software” or “commercial software” can have none of that (unless it decides to self-liberate).

“If Microsoft et al can hijack and warp the meaning of words, so can (should?) we.”So basically, what the media calls “Open Source” is nowadays more suitable (for pragmatic reason) or fit for purpose (technically) than this “enterprise software” or “commercial software”…

Let’s take control of words like ‘corporate’ (whatever they even mean), too. The openwashing agenda misuses these words to confuse us.

“What software do you use, Madam?”

“I use commercial enterprise corporate GNU software, thanks for asking, Sir!”

If Microsoft et al can hijack and warp the meaning of words, so can (should?) we. Messaging is very important, sometimes as important as the code, as with poor messaging it’s hard to convince people to actually use the code.

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)?

06.20.20

The Evolution of Anti-GNU/Linux FUD and Ridicule

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 7:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Magneto perfection: 1980s: The GNU hippies are just idealists; 1990s: Linux is nothing; 2000: OK, Linux is something, but it sucks; 2010+: Alright, Linux is everywhere, but Microsoft 'owns' it

Summary: People who believe that GNU/Linux just “won” and has no enemies left are clearly easy for Microsoft to indoctrinate or thoroughly deceive; at the moment the very trademark and identity of GNU/Linux is under attack

Techrights was born in 2006, shortly after Microsoft and Novell had signed a deal asserting that Microsoft somehow ‘controls’ or ‘owns’ GNU/Linux through unnamed software patents (which are likely invalid these days, partly because of 35 U.S.C. § 101, even if they’re not all expired just yet). 14 years down the line, as we noted again this morning, Microsoft continues to make that same assertion, albeit this time OSI, OIN, the Linux Foundation and various other groups are infiltrated if not bribed by Microsoft. So they don’t say a darn thing about it.

“Well, even teenagers (at present) can recall and may be old enough to remember what Microsoft did to Nokia after Nokia had become the third-biggest Linux contributor, working on GNU/Linux platforms such as Maemo.”Back in 2008 ZDNet said that “Microsoft Ha[d] Turned Into the Biggest Patent Troll in the World”; but nowadays with new management and new paymasters ZDNet tells us that Microsoft “loves Linux” and all sorts of other (laughable) lies, portraying Microsoft as some kind of charity.

Well, even teenagers (at present) can recall and may be old enough to remember what Microsoft did to Nokia after Nokia had become the third-biggest Linux contributor, working on GNU/Linux platforms such as Maemo. The goal was to undermine and completely derail what Elop later called “burning platforms” (because his real masters, Ballmer and Gates, told him to burn those).

Microsoft’s war on Linux and on GNU carries on; right now it reaches an incarnation of being disguised as “love”, with a new and very lousy CEO that claims “love” for Linux (while pulling E.E.E. tactics against it, not to mention patent lawsuits).

“Later came the patent blackmail and nowadays Microsoft is hijacking the word “Linux” (to promote Windows) while collecting “patent royalties” from it and buying its pertinent projects/packages through GitHub. This was the biggest digital landgrab of the century.”I’m old enough to remember what Microsoft did in the 1990s. The media hype already referred to GNU as just “Linux” and any time it received press coverage the emphasis was on some Finnish dude rather than hard-working bearded dudes, who had already spent over a decade developing what is now the world’s most widely used operating system. The bias was clear and the bias was intentional. They didn’t like the political views of GNU hackers (who referred to themselves as “hackers” even when the press already distorted that word, conflating it with “crackers”). That was an obvious pattern of FUD, designed to prop up a debate around what was later coined and promoted as “Open Source” (to distract people from ‘pesky’ ethical issues, including what was associated with liberty and freedom). In the years that followed, back when I started GNU/Linux advocacy — which I did tirelessly — the pattern of FUD shifted to belittling and ridiculing GNU/Linux as insignificant, even though it had already made major gains in servers (that was before Android and the widespread adoption of mobile devices). After Android became ever so dominant and GNU/Linux became the de facto standard for servers we saw trolls from Microsoft vilifying and slandering it based on subjective double-standards. Later came the patent blackmail and nowadays Microsoft is hijacking the word “Linux” (to promote Windows) while collecting “patent royalties” from it and buying its pertinent projects/packages through GitHub. This was the biggest digital landgrab of the century.

“Right now, in 2020, the war on GNU/Linux may in fact be at its very height. Don’t let words like “love” cloud our collective judgment.”Corrupt officials from the Linux Foundation (many of whom came from Microsoft or still work for Microsoft) tell us that this is OK. “Linux won,” they’d tell us, while outsourcing just about everything to Microsoft and while choosing software licences that Microsoft favours.

Right now, in 2020, the war on GNU/Linux may in fact be at its very height. Don’t let words like “love” cloud our collective judgment. When you’re in the lead people try to take you down, so stay vigilant. Microsoft did not change; only the strategy and the rhetoric changed somewhat, out of self-serving convenience.

‘Yes we’re talking about knifing the baby.’ --Microsoft executive
Quote source (the metaphor was popular inside Microsoft [1, 2], in the context of GNU/Linux too)

“A lot of people make that analogy that competing with Bill Gates is like playing hardball. I’d say it’s more like a knife fight.”

Gary Clow, famous Microsoft victim

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”…

06.14.20

To Better Understand Why Microsoft is Laying Off Staff (and Stopped Hiring Any) Check the Charts Net Applications and Other Microsoft Spinners Distract From

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 12:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: No, GNU/Linux Isn’t at 3% and Windows Isn’t at Over 90%, Either

A Microsoft fall

Android vs Microsoft

Summary: At the back end and the front end (server side/client side alike) Microsoft continues its trajectory towards irrelevance — an objectively simple fact that it likes to deny (while its friends at Net Applications carry on pretending that Windows somehow commands about 90% of the market)

TROLLS like Microsoft Lunduke tell us that "Linux sucks" (when it does not; the evidence is not on their side) and actively belittle its importance (same for Android). The headlines are “Is Linux Marketshare Rising? (Spoiler: It’s Actually Dropping)” and “Study: Android Users Are The Most Unhappy” (just clickbait). But as always, in this age of PR and spin, one must work a little harder to find/unearth what these people try to distract from. So we’ve taken screenshots of surveyors the corporate media doesn’t pay attention to (not convenient when measured properly, as opposed to selectively).

“So we’ve taken screenshots of surveyors the corporate media doesn’t pay attention to (not convenient when measured properly, as opposed to selectively).”To be perfectly frank, it doesn’t take a genius to see what we’re dealing with here. For a little while Lunduke seemed like he was supporting GNU/Linux, but watch his output as of late (annotated below, many are just reprints of old articles of his). We noted it getting worse in recent months and discussed it internally:

Lunduke FUD

Microsoft romantics? Indeed. Mind you, dear reader, much of what’s in between the Microsoft stuff (always positive stuff!) is just old stuff of his, archived in his personal site, along with comics and topic-less podcasts. Yes, pretty much aimless. No wonder his channel lost following and suddenly he’s back to provocation and trolling. Gets him more hits:

Notice how that one anti-Linux video netted him more views (77k) than 2 months of his videos’ views combined:

Lunduke's troll video

The economics of trolling/lying are well understood. We leave below Microsoft’s own words… (when you lack market share you focus on ‘mindshare’ instead — the mere illusion of importance)

“Mind Control: To control mental output you have to control mental input. Take control of the channels by which developers receive information, then they can only think about the things you tell them. Thus, you control mindshare!”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

06.09.20

You Cannot Tell People to ‘Be Excellent’ Whilst Also Telling Your Viewers to Go Spam Sites With Comments Calling People ‘Poo’

Posted in FUD at 4:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

The context: Bryan Lunduke is Still 100% Trolling With His Facts-Free Provocation ‘Masterpiece’ Called ‘Linux Sucks’

The two emotions of Mortis: Be excellent to each other... Oh, how very excellent...

Summary: Hypocrisy is a pain in the bum; when people realise that while calling for manners you’re also inciting people to spread obscene insults

Bryan Lunduke is Still 100% Trolling With His Facts-Free Provocation ‘Masterpiece’ Called ‘Linux Sucks’

Posted in FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 3:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Concern trolling” for over a decade now, just like Mac Asay

Two High Bros: I'm Bryan Lunduke from Microsoft. I'm Bryan Lunduke from Linux. Linux sucks, man. I miss Windows.

Summary: A point-by-point rebuttal to the latest revision of Bryan Lunduke’s anti-GNU/Linux talks, which he repeats every time he runs out of material and craves traffic

THE “Linux Sucks 2020″ video was released over a week ago and was later promoted by Slashdot even though it’s hardly new. I wanted to do a video rebuttal to it, but text would likely be more effective and easier to search.

“He talks dismissively about technical errors being pointed out by someone from Fedora.”This is the talk that caused us to argue with him over a decade ago, not yet knowing he had worked for Microsoft less than a decade earlier.

He starts the video with some irrelevant mumbles about the talk itself rather than something of substance. He talks dismissively about technical errors being pointed out by someone from Fedora. He tries to make that person sound like some stalking lunatic who sits in the front row to ‘heckle’ him (trolls are victims, right?). We skip all that and start with the actual ‘meat’. His first ‘slide’ (Microsoft Minecraft-themed) about Linux:

-Lots of bugs
-Lots of design issues

Yes, Windows has no bugs and no design issues. It’s just… perfect. Might explain why Lunduke Journal (his personal site) had so much praise and romantics about Microsoft and old versions of Windows these past few months.

Windows is just renowned for… its perfection. Riiiight…

“Might explain why Lunduke Journal (his personal site) had so much praise and romantics about Microsoft and old versions of Windows these past few months.”Perception games are effective; we have the likes of Black Duck slapping anti-Free software pieces every other day, on average, talking about licensing risks and security risks etc.

Ignore back doors, EULAs etc.

Instead, let’s just keep repeating claims about “Linux” being buggy while on the very same week it’s reported that Microsoft put on hold or blocked Windows patches, fearing they would brick lots of machines. On the very same week this video was released!

“Instead, let’s just keep repeating claims about “Linux” being buggy while on the very same week it’s reported that Microsoft put on hold or blocked Windows patches, fearing they would brick lots of machines.”After this substance-free rant he’s doing self-promotional, self-congratulatory chit-chat for no longer than 2 minutes and nothing less than 1 minute. So here we are almost 10 minutes into the video and there’s still zero material of relevance.

“Be excellent to each other,” he then says. Way to censor potential critics of his, as hypocritical as it may be. Like he’s very polite himself.

Then he promotes a sponsor, spending loads of time doing a scripted ad, naming products and all sorts of other crap, with all details down to pricing.

OK… finally! Some material. From the slide:

Linux on Servers

Oh, wait.

He skips this altogether.

So… GNU/Linux does not suck after all. He’s bailing out. Looking for ‘softer’ targets…

So typical, so predicable.

We win.
Winning is boring.
Let’s move on.

“Winning is boring.”

“Facts don’t sell, do they?”I want to troll GNU/Linux, provoking for hits/views (to sell ads). Let’s start touching on people’s emotions, instead…

Facts don’t sell, do they? And hey…

“Be excellent to each other,” except when you nitpick on negatives.

There’s always bugs

Not naming a single one of them. Here again are these ‘blanket’ claims of “BUGS” in GNU/Linux, even in servers.

Details?

Not my department.

“We won…”

Who’s we?

Linux on mobile

Saddest thing ever.

Saddest? Let me guess. Android doesn’t count as Linux… even though it’s the most widely used operating system (a lot more than Windows in 2020), but…

Since this has been Lunduke’s ‘feature’ (and pinned!) video for over a decade, gotta keep on with the false narrative of Linux “sucking”.

Even when it doesn’t.

Linux owns mobile.

+ Unrecognizable.

+ DRM & Closed Source

OK, this is obviously bullshit, bullshit, bullshit.

First of all, now he changes the subject or moves goalposts. So it’s the saddest thing that “Linux owns mobile.”

Suddenly what matter is the ‘branding’ (“Unrecognizable.”) and all of a sudden it’s about software freedom rather than “Linux”, and ever mind if Linux itself remains Free software and makers of mobile devices are compelled to comply with the GPL, so they routinely publish their kernel sources (we cover examples of this every week or so in our Daily Links).

“So this kind of crap resembles what it was over a decade ago when he told his viewers to go to my site and curse at me (which they did).”So now he admits Android has “Linux” in it and here we are at exactly 10 minutes (elapsed) and I’ve just about grown tired of this video entitled “Linux sucks” but demonstrating nothing whatsoever to that effect.

So this kind of crap resembles what it was over a decade ago when he told his viewers to go to my site and curse at me (which they did).

“Be excellent to each other,” he says. While siccing his trolls at his critics. Typical Microsofter. No point viewing this video any longer…

To quote what his viewers whom he sent to my site wrote in the comments (we never censor comments):

“poo poo head.”

That language came from Lunduke himself: “Boycott Novell seems like it is written by poo poo heads”.

“The important part there is the use of “poo poo heads” as a phrase. I think that should be the phrase of the day on boycottnovell.com,” he also tweeted.

Another comment later: “Don’t be a bunch of poo poo heads. Bryan was just giving linux some tough love. He and Chris love and use linux as their main boxes.”

Another one: “Boycott Novell are poo poo heads.”

So the troll from Microsoft sent trolls at us, repeatedly egging them on in videos, in tweets etc.

“Be excellent to each other,” he now says. What a liar. What a hypocrite.

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