01.31.23

Intimidation Against Nitrux Development Team Upsets the Community and Makes the Media Less Trustworthy

Posted in GNU/Linux, Review at 11:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Blackmailed by Establishment Media
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Summary: Nitrux is being criticised for being “very unappealing”; but a look behind the scenes reveals an angry reviewer (habitual mouthpiece of the Linux Foundation and Linux foes) trying to intimidate Nitrux developers, who are unpaid volunteers rather than “corporate” developers

THIS Twitter thread (discussed in the video above) was highlighted to us by a reader who had once experienced similar mistreatment as an independent reporter. These people deserve a voice and taking this public can hopefully discourage repetition. We need to protect one another from mistreatment and injustice.

“As for the corporate media, it’ll injure itself to death. People are getting tired of what it’s trying to offer.”The paid press is full of people with a twisted agenda. One must track who’s who (or their true agenda). Techrights has had a go at it for years. We must support community distros and volunteers who are technical, always placing them above the ‘suits’ and their corporations. As for the corporate media, it’ll injure itself to death. People are getting tired of what it’s trying to offer.

The video above shows what the media did to Uri from Nitrux and MauiKit.

Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting (FOSDEM) and KU Leuven Boosting Americans and Cancellers of the Father of Free Software

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux, GPL at 6:04 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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PR Stunt Doctorate for the Wrong Person
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Summary: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and its founder, Richard M. Stallman (RMS), along with the SFLC one might add, have been under a siege by the trademark-abusing FSFE and SFC; Belgium helps legitimise the ‘fakes’

A few years ago we joked about FOSDEM USA/America, seeing that sponsors, panels, and keynotes were usually American rather than European. FOSDEM also took money from Microsoft.

“FOSDEM also took money from Microsoft.”We previously wrote about how the SFC was censoring critics of American companies. Even in FOSDEM (Europe). SFC seems to be weaponising some online mobs, as we already explained in “Free as in Finance/Money: Salary of SFC’s Chief Rose to $216,000 Per Year ($18,000 Per Month), or More Than Twice the FSF’s Chief” and commentary about the more recent IRS filings (finances) of SFC. It seems profitable to do the posturing and then cancel the original thing (which you try to mimic and then replace). Yes, the FSF and RMS are the “Real Deal”. SFC is basically like the GNU hoarder, exploiting the project’s good name and reputation like Linux Foundation exploits the “Linux” brand.

“It seems profitable to do the posturing and then cancel the original thing (which you try to mimic and then replace).”RMS has got honorary degrees, but he actually pioneered many things and helped inspire others, for no financial (monetary) gain, unlike Karen Sandler. It’s therefore a bit sad to see this self-praising press release, stating: “Sandler was nominated by the student body in recognition of her outstanding work at Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), her many years of FOSS leadership, and her advocacy and pursuit of software freedom and rights for all.”

So that’s what it takes now? Being nominated? People in the student body nominating you to be called “doctor”? I say a lot more in the above video, but the accomplishments of Sandler are too few; she’s in it for the money.

01.29.23

Debian 11 on My Main Rig: So Far Mostly OK, But Missing Some Software From Debian 10

Posted in Debian, GNU/Linux at 1:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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My Life With Debian 11 on Main Laptop
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Summary: Distributions of GNU/Linux keep urging us to move to the latest, but is the latest always the greatest? On Friday my Debian 10 drive died, so I started moving to Debian 11 on a new drive and here’s what that did to my life.

THIS household isn’t unfamiliar with Debian 11. My wife’s Raspberry Pi (400) has had it since 11 months ago and my own Pi has had it for over a year. But our main working machines were running Debian 10 for 3 years already. It worked really well. My sister recently moved from Debian 10 to 11 and complained about it; her colleagues had suffered the same and she was pressured to ‘upgrade’ regardless. Some people in IRC say that moving from 10 to 11 caused them problems, partly overcome by moving to 12 (testing).

“My move to Debian 11 wasn’t entirely voluntary.”The video above explains that some of my main problems with Debian 11 is software that’s no longer supported, causing me to make rather big changes, as happened this morning. Time will tell if any other issues may be coming up. The Debian repository is still very extensive, but any change can be disruptive. The Pis with Debian 11 aren’t used as traditional laptops, so that never bothered us (my wife uses 3 computers that are switched on all the time; I use 5). My move to Debian 11 wasn’t entirely voluntary. My hard drive died and it make no sense to stay on Debian 10 given its limited support plan (remaining time). The same is true for my Pi; after the hardware was damaged it made sense to move to the latest stable version of Debian, i.e. 11.

Over the past year I heard and read many stories about Debian upgrades, especially from 10 to 11. On our Pis it didn’t seem so disruptive and so far on my desktop/laptop I’m pleased with this latest version. In all cases — two Pis and a laptop — those were ‘clean installs’; I’ll probably report again on my experiences in weeks or months. Two days is way to little to properly assess a distro.

Stigmatising GNU/Linux for Not Withstanding Hardware Failures

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft at 11:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Making Linux Sound Culpable for Hardware Issue
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Summary: Nowadays “the news” is polluted with a lot of GNU/Linux-hostile nonsense; like with patents, the signal-to-noise ratio is appalling and here we deal with a poor ‘report’ about “Linux servers” failing to work

THE OTHER day in IRC we discussed this article that mentions “Linux” many times when in fact mentioning a hardware incident. “Are Microsofters trying to generate bad press for Linux?” we asked. “This is a hardware problem, not at all related to GNU/Linux. Maybe some Microsofters are trying to undermine the teaching of GNU/Linux there?”

The video above discusses what’s in the article and why it’s a tad suspicious. It is reminiscent of some FUD campaigns we saw before. “Third-year Rohan Gupta reported that, in addition to the CS website, he was also unable to access his classes’ Linux servers,” it says. Well, hardware dies sometimes. My laptop died some days ago (Friday), but within 2-3 hours I replaced the physical drive and began installing the latest Debian. This can take time.

The media still loves to stigmatise GNU/Linux as not secure, not reliable etc. But for much of the time they would be better off focusing on Microsoft’s reliability and insecurity issues, including last week’s massive Clown Computing outage at Microsoft. The media barely covered it.

01.23.23

Report: The So-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is Reducing Focus on Linux

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 5:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Linux Foundation decreased Linux spending to 3.2% in 2022.

Summary: The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is reducing its focus on Linux and is instead busy promoting Microsoft, Facebook, and other interests that GNU/Linux users strongly dislike

AS per today’s puff piece, as Facebook is failing it’s openwashing time at the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation; recently, this corrupt organisation (whose leaders seem to be dying young and very frequently) set up a front for Microsoft and for Microsoft ally Facebook, in order to help them compete with Google.

Zemlin has auctioned Linux. He put the brand on sale. He sold several seats to Microsoft and several seats to Facebook. The Board (and the bosses of Linus Torvalds) now works for interests that aren't Linux. Some are openly anti-Linux.

Lunduke, a former Microsoft employee, isn’t happy about this. The other day he noted that “Linux Foundation decreased Linux spending to 3.2% in 2022.”

“Need it be mentioned that this foundation is connected to securities fraud?”To quote: “I’m not going to sugar coat this… it is absolutely ridiculous. The highlight? Funding for the Linux kernel, in 2022, dropped to a measly 3.2% of the foundation’s total revenue of $243 Million dollars. Down from the — already absurdly low — 3.4% from 2021. Considering the name of the foundation… that is, needless to say, highly amusing. Or infuriating. Possibly concerning. Likely all three. Let’s dive into the details and try to figure out why this is happening.”

In another post on this subject he said “Linux Foundation, bored with Linux, launches Open Metaverse Foundation” (some people came to IRC to tell us about this absurdity, which we had seen already).

To quote: “In 2021, The Linux Foundation decided to branch out from their core business (“Linux”) to create an entire foundation focused on “Health” and, specifically, creating vaccine passports. Was it weird that The Linux Foundation was now in the vaccine business? Yes. Yes, it was. Well, it appears that someone has dared Jim Zemlin — the head of The Linux Foundation — to keep making new projects and sub-foundations that make absolutely no sense. Perhaps, even, double-dog dared him. Because yesterday — January 18th, 2023 — The Linux Foundation unveiled their latest attempt to do absolutely anything other than Linux. For that matter, will “The Linux Foundation” keep their name? How long before they re-brand… removing the word “Linux” entirely?”

What’s noteworthy here is that more people speak about the corruption of the ‘Linux’ Foundation and along with it… the Linux brand. Need it be mentioned that this foundation is connected to securities fraud?

01.20.23

PornHub Insights for 2022 Show Microsoft’s Consumer Division in Shambles

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:26 pm by Guest Editorial Team

Reprinted with permission from Ryan

PornHub Insights for 2022 [NSFW] show Microsoft’s Consumer Division in Shambles.

For people who don’t want to click through to PornHub, here are the “SFW” highlights on the technology front.

Normally, I wouldn’t cite them but they collect a large sample of very high quality data about people from all over the world. I feel that they are uniquely, errrm, positioned, to tell us what’s going on.

In light of the 11,000 layoffs just announced at Microsoft, and rumors of a bigger round later this year (the 11,000 were rumors until they weren’t), it’s worth considering why this is happening.

Microsoft’s consumer division is, in a word, collapsing.

Desktop PC usage is down 6% from 2021 to 2022, and Windows is only 64.7% of that.

XBOX fell to only 1/4 of the gaming console market, vs Playstation at nearly 3/4ths, by browser hits. (2021 was 60.6% Playstation and 36.8% XBOX)

Microsoft has no operating system for Mobile, unless you count bribing / threatening Samsung to destroy their brand by preloading crapware that pissed everyone off, and Samsung Internet (the preloaded browser on their phones) has lost over 25% of its mobile marketshare YoY, which I’d suppose is probably a proxy for all of the people ditching annoying buggy Samsung phones with Microsoft garbage, like I did.

Microsoft has been missing the boat on everything, and is a reactive, not proactive, company. Had Windows Mobile been a priority before Android and iPhone, they might have a presence now, but they’ve been reduced to paying off and threatening Spammy Samsung into including their sad “apps”.

Samsung phones are very slow and glitchy, and a lot of that is, you know, not moving in the right direction. It has become a common carrier for malicious software that you can’t get rid of, including hidden Facebook system services that spy on people, even without Facebook accounts. I switched to a Google Pixel last year, and they’re much better. You lie down with dogs, you get fleas. So much for Spamsung.

In Microsoft’s reduced circumstances, they’ve decided to “force the issue” and “discontinue Internet Explorer”.

This Edge thing turned out to be a major strategic blunder that they are now committed to. It’s still there, rotting in the guts of Windows 11 and adding security problems, but they’ve removed all of the convenient ways to launch it.

Despite Internet Explorer falling 69% 🙂 in a single year, Microsoft Edge failed to budge on the desktop. Firefox and Safari actually took a meaningful share on the desktop.

This appears to be because people are buying Macs or not even getting a desktop computer at all and are heading straight to an iPhone.

Since PC sales are in the dumps, (6% drop in hits to PornHub in 2022) and with them Windows license revenues drop even if it remains at 64.7% on the desktop, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that a lot of those 11,000 layoffs at Microsoft were in Windows.

We already know that a lot of them happened to the Microsoft Edge team because it leaked out on Twitter.

Teams Impacted by Layoff on 1/18/2023

@tomwarren Twitter is reporting Microsoft’s layoffs today have affected employees in the following divisions:

• HoloLens
• Microsoft Edge
• marketing
• 343 Industries
• Bethesda

-TheLayoff.com

This is the second round of Microsoft Edge layoffs.

The first round was last year, when they whacked a bunch of XBOX people at the same time.

There’s really no use for Edge except to route people to their crappy off brand search engine and give them 3 screens of advertisements before any “results” and they scooped out Google’s spyware and put in Microsoft spyware.

They marketed Edge as “saving you money with price comparisons”, and it’s usually offering you the wrong thing on some other site, and that’s an aside anyway because it’s just another way that their browser is obviously spying on you, keylogging, and password stealing. (There was a scandal a while back where Windows gives all your passwords from Firefox or Chrome to Edge anyway even if you said no.)

Things are going so badly for Microsoft right now that they sacked their paid army of “come back to Windows trolls” last year, over 200 of them on their official payroll.

Things aren’t just “getting” bad at Microsoft, this is 1990 in the Soviet Union. The Berlin wall had come down and there was still denial, there were still a lot of people projecting confidence that “reforms” would make the whole thing go on somehow, but it was on borrowed time.

Very soon, they may even have to stop running the welfare programs for their army of unofficial trolls, like ZDNet and “Debian Stabbers”.

The situation in Azure/”Cloud” isn’t very good. They shuffle money around like Ted Beneke’s company on Breaking Bad to obscure where things are good and where things are bad. By shoving everything under “Cloud” they can absorb things that only cost money, including failed acquisitions like Skype, which….when is the last time anyone used that?

But nobody asks questions of these sorts of things until it falls apart and the dam of investor-oriented propaganda busts open.

Stay tuned.

01.18.23

Android (Linux) Has Kicked Windows to the Curb in African Nations

Posted in Africa, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 5:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Related: Microsoft Windows Share in Africa: From 97% to Just 17% in 14 Years | Microsoft Windows Sinks to Just 16% of the African Market

This morning: (dominant OS per nation)

Android (Linux) in Africa
Windows has become just a Pale Blue Dot

Summary: Months ago only two tiny African nations remained that still had a Windows 'majority' (or highest share); this month (and year) it’s down to just one tiny nation and maybe later this year it will be zero.

01.17.23

GNU/Linux Growing Fast in Ireland

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google at 2:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNU/Linux in Ireland

Tux puncing

Summary: According to StatCounter, a surveyor which is based in Dublin (Ireland), Chrome OS and GNU/Linux approach 10% of the laptop/desktop market in Ireland

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