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07.19.19

Why Does Jim Zemlin Publicly Congratulate Microsoft?

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 12:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

A “spectacular move” by Microsoft and former Microsoft manager promoted to deputy at the Linux Foundation

Zemlin congratulates Microsoft

Summary: The signs aren’t particularly encouraging when one considers that the leadership of the Linux Foundation is a fan of Microsoft and sometimes connected to Microsoft

LINUX.COM has just stopped hiding its sole author’s name (previously it was only visible through the username in the RSS feeds). Story selection is still rather awful. It boils down to openwashing of proprietary software from SAP (Salesforce did a very similar publicity stunt some weeks back), some links to the Linux Foundation’s press releases and other fluff. Nothing about desktop obviously. Never! Very few people in this Foundation actually use GNU/Linux (we’re guessing maybe a handful among 2-3 dozen).

“The “Linux” Foundation works a lot more for Microsoft’s interests than it does for GNU/Linux, especially as a desktop platform.”Linux.com also links to this new example of openwashing by the Foundation in a sector that usually relies on greenwashing to ‘seem’ or ‘feel’ “ethical”. Jim Zemlin is very much a part of it; watch this other tweet of his about openwashing surveillance capitalism at the Foundation.

The “Linux” Foundation works a lot more for Microsoft's interests than it does for GNU/Linux, especially as a desktop platform. That’s a verifiable fact. There are those who might tell Torvalds inane things like, “trust the plan!” (whose?)

We’re really unhappy about what we’ve seen so far this year. Not looking good. Worse than ever before! And it seems like Microsoft is already in third E (as in “extinguish”). The Foundation is now cheering for Microsoft’s GitHub, which is the first and second E (“embrace” and “extend”). See the tweets at the top.

07.18.19

The ‘Linux’ Foundation is Acting Like a Microsoft ISV Now, Commitment to Linux and FOSS Deteriorates Even Further

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 1:15 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Lust for money can also be a nonprofit’s Achilles heel

Linux Foundation finds microsoft

Summary: The Linux Foundation has just announced a new Microsoft-funded initiative that’s pushing GitHub and CLAs (passing copyrights on code to corporations)

THE Linux Foundation makes us increasingly cynical about its use of the brand “Linux”, hence the scare quotes in the headline. Its adherence or commitment to Free software was never a big thing, but at least it was more or less loyal to GNU/Linux about a decade ago.

“Does the Linux Foundation want Linux to actually succeed? Or does it just want the Linux Foundation to succeed (in financial terms)?”Things have changed.

Earlier this year we began examining pertinent bits of evidence, based on pointers sent to us from people with connections (not necessarily insiders). The more we started digging, the more worried we became. Does the Linux Foundation want Linux to actually succeed? Or does it just want the Linux Foundation to succeed (in financial terms)? It certainly seems as though, over time, it’s more and more of the latter. Microsoft couldn’t be happier!

By paying companies like Novell and Canonical (through Azure for example) Microsoft has created the financial conditions that cultivate abandonment of GNU/Linux as a desktop platform. “Stay out of our turf,” they implicitly suggest or signal, “and you shalt be paid…”

“By paying companies like Novell and Canonical (through Azure for example) Microsoft has created the financial conditions that cultivate abandonment of GNU/Linux as a desktop platform.”Look at Linux.com’s front page. It’s full of Microsoft propaganda and anti-Linux FUD. I posted lots of complaints about it yesterday, as did some readers. For instance, they’re painting the company that actively attacks FOSS in election platforms as “Open Source” (in the elections context). By doing so the Foundation becomes an active participant in what PR agencies of Microsoft hope to spread. I’ve put remarks in daily links’ latest or here in Tux Machines (down the middle). I am disgusted, disappointed but not surprised (anymore) by the Linux Foundation becoming a Microsoft front (more and more over time). “They hijacked the Web site Linux.com,” one reader said to me this morning. This reader hates the site now. After 6 years reading it daily. “Eventually they are just going to promote Microsoft,” the reader said, “but we just noticed it first…”

So what’s the latest worrisome example? Well, the Foundation published this page entitled “Project Maintainers: Reduce Your CLA Administrative Headaches Today” (sounds benign, right?).

This is proprietary software for CLA (no friend of real FOSS). The Foundation is actively attacking, on Microsoft’s payroll, a key tenet of Free software, suggesting that people should assign copyrights (on their code) to large corporations like those which fund the Foundation. As a reminder, the Foundation actually recommended a site for job applicants (for leadership of this) which is linked to Microsoft's LinkedIn.

Is it the Linux Foundation or the Microsoft Foundation?

“Is it the Linux Foundation or the Microsoft Foundation?”But here’s the even more troubling point: The Foundation has basically just promoted proprietary software funded by Microsoft. Yes, the above is funded by Microsoft through GitHub. “Any project hosted by the Linux Foundation and using either GitHub or Gerrit can use EasyCLA,” says the Linux Foundation, embedding just a GitHub logo in the diagram/schematics. Microsoft GitHub is funding this thing for the ‘Linux’ Foundation to be acting like a Microsoft marketing/recruitment front. ISV? Channel partner? Call it whatever, but we know who’s being served.

We’ve meanwhile noticed today’s article from OpenSource.com in which an employee of IBM (not Red Hat) promotes GitHub. What’s going on here? Is IBM on the same boat as Microsoft? “Now, I am living in Munich, Germany and working as a Software Developer at IBM,” the author said. It’s all about GitHub. We’ve begun worrying that a proprietary software giant that lobbies for software patents now completely owns and controls the domain OpenSource.com. IBM and Microsoft cross-license their patents, so why worry? Remember when Microsoft apologists denied the argument about Mono being a ruinous Trojan horse until Microsoft took de Icaza ‘in-house’ (paying him millions of dollars for attacking FOSS)? Microsoft is still suing OEMs over patents. It’s nowadays trying to put more patent traps inside the Linux kernel itself (exFAT). Will Linux users be safe only on Microsoft platforms such as Azure? Is Linus Torvalds paying attention? Can he still comment on it without being blasted? In many people’s minds his younger baby, Git, is just Microsoft proprietary software with surveillance (a site/API called GitHub). Nowadays Microsoft goes after his firstborn, Linux, with WSL and Azure. Does he mind? EEE works if they throw money at it. At what point, if any, might Canonical decide that Ubuntu is used more in WSL form than standalone (‘secure boot’ makes installation hard) and then decide to just become a Windows ‘app’ developer (Ubuntu as an ‘app’)? Even if Microsoft doesn’t buy Canonical..

“GNU/Linux users everywhere will gradually come to the realisation that this thing called the “Linux Foundation” doesn’t work for them but against them.”Earlier today we saw a new article about Ceph in Linux 5.3. Notice how with Ceph development people are now throwing Microsoft GitHub links at Torvalds.

Since I was about 20 I’ve studied Microsoft’s tactics and crimes against its competition. It’s very crystal clear to me what plans they have for Linux. Did Microsoft change? No. It changed perceptions. A PR campaign such as “Microsoft loves Linux” facilitates infiltration and it seems to be working. We don’t expect the Foundation to put an end to it, but will Torvalds do something? Can he still? GNU/Linux users everywhere will gradually come to the realisation that this thing called the “Linux Foundation” doesn’t work for them but against them. It is very successfully ‘monetising’ a sellout or a passage of Linux from what remotely still resembles a community… to few large corporations.

07.17.19

Red Hat’s Freedom Reduced to Just Online Partner Enablement Network (OPEN) and Microsoft as a Close Partner; Canonical’s Ubuntu Just an ‘App’ for Windows?

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Patents, Red Hat, Ubuntu at 3:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNU boiling

Summary: Free software is being snapped up by proprietary software giants and patent bullies that treat it as little more than an ‘add-on’ for their proprietary offerings

WE HAVE long been sceptical and apprehensive about IBM, not only because it lobbies for software patents at the EPO and USPTO (IBM spearheads a lobbying campaign against 35 U.S.C. § 101). IBM still did it — quite a lot in fact — since announcing its plans for Red Hat. IBM that we remember from one or more decades ago is very different from today’s IBM; the management too isn’t the same. For example, 2 decades ago IBM aggressively pushed (GNU) “Linux”, but in recent years it was mostly in bed with Apple. A decade ago IBM promoted OpenDocument Format (ODF), but IBM has since then more or less abandoned office suite-type endeavours (sold outwards, just like the ThinkPad business which had become famous for Linux friendliness).

“No connection whatsoever to Free software; also remember that the word “community” means nothing to IBM.”When I first heard about Red Hat getting bought by IBM I found solace in nothing but the fact that Red Hat did not sell to Microsoft or to Oracle. As it turned out days later, Red Hat had actually entertained a Microsoft takeover. What a betrayal that would have been (had that happened).

Last night (or around the afternoon/evening) Red Hat published this worrisome new page entitled “Microsoft and Red Hat, inspired,” which said “we’re pleased to be recognized as the 2019 Microsoft US Partner Award winner for ISV Azure Accelerator.”

Here we go again with the Azure agenda, which is all about Microsoft controlling GNU/Linux. Then came another new Red Hat page, this one entitled “Red Hat Global Services + IBM” and to quote: “Last week, we announced the IBM acquisition of Red Hat. It is a monumental deal, one that will enable us to work together to help customers deliver any app, anywhere, to realize the true value of the hybrid cloud.”

Here they go again with “cloud” (meaningless nonsense, pure marketing), but scroll down and find that under IBM “open” at Red Hat is reduced to just an acronym: “Online Partner Enablement Network (OPEN).”

No connection whatsoever to Free software; also remember that the word “community” means nothing to IBM. Nothing.

“They are promoting Microsoft Windows (Vista 10) using the “Linux” brand. “We are getting somewhat worried here. Ubuntu fans will be very pissed off if or when Microsoft decides to buy Ubuntu via Canonical (it’s now possible as it changed the way it’s registered). Canonical still refuses to delete GitHub (even after an embarrassing security incident). Microsoft is already 'eating' desktop GNU/Linux with WSL and Michael Larabel has just highlighted this post we cited a day ago. Hosted on GitHub, i.e. Microsoft, what we have is the next phase of EEE: “Ubuntu-WSL Package Offers Better Ubuntu Integration On Windows Subsystem For Linux” (to quote the headline)

Here’s another one: “Want Better Integration with Ubuntu on Windows Subsystem for Linux? Try This New Metapackage”

So this is where the efforts go?

“In related reading,” Larabel said, “Microsoft’s Tara Raj wrote a Medium post yesterday on more background information on Linux/WSL for Windows.”

They are promoting Microsoft Windows (Vista 10) using the “Linux” brand.

“WSL is about ensuring people never leave Windows; Microsoft already works to make it a lot harder to install GNU/Linux as a standalone/dual OS…”See the Phoronix comments. One person said: “MS has realized that Linux is superior for development, and developers are moving to Linux. However, why would anybody compromise security by using Windows and WSL instead of Linux? Also, I’m considering to run Qubes OS to strengthen security, not other way around,… Lowering security by moving to windows.”
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A further comment says: “MS has realized that Linux is superior for development, and developers are moving to Linux. However, why would anybody compromise security by using Windows and WSL instead of Linux? Also, I’m considering to run Qubes OS to strengthen security, not other way around,… Lowering security by moving to windows.
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“No, Microsoft isn’t acknowledging any such thing, and there’s a great many Windows developers that would disagree with you. What you’re seeing is Microsoft acknowledging it’s basically lost the server closet and data center wars. So to stop hemorrhaging server platform and administrators to MacOS and Linux who require a decent compatible terminal to do their job – much like the graybeards used to need for IBM mainframes (3270 compatible terminal software) – they are adding Linux compatible terminal software in Windows along with the ability to prototype Linux server software in Windows.

“Will it work? Probably. Most people still need Windows to do the rest of their job and WSJ is more convenient than VirtualBox et al.

“But if you think business client development and the multi billion dollar gaming industry are starting to or going to switch en mass to Linux you are sadly mistaken.”

WSL is about ensuring people never leave Windows; Microsoft already works to make it a lot harder to install GNU/Linux as a standalone/dual OS, e.g. using UEFI ‘secure boot’ restrictions — an agenda incidentally shared by IBM.

Linux Foundation Apparently Celebrates Sysadmin Day With a Microsoft Windows Site!

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft, Servers, Windows at 1:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Greed is not a financial issue. It’s a heart issue.”

Andy Stanley

Summary: The Linux Foundation shows ‘love’ to actual GNU/Linux (the real thing) by apparently rejecting it and badmouthing it

WHEN selling the soul of Linux is more profitable than actually promoting this GPL-licensed kernel it’s not hard to understand how the Linux Foundation turned from a supposed ‘charity’ to a massive enterprise and near-monopoly in that space (e.g. events/conferences).

They ‘own’ Linux.com. They control or manage the Linux trademark. So why would they link to anti-Linux stories (authored by “swapnilbhartiya” yesterday)? Because they just do and most of them don’t even use Linux! As someone put it yesterday:

You go to Google, you look for “Linux” news, a site called Linux.com then shows up with anti-Linux material (this isn’t about Linux but bad devices/users). Well done, Swapnil and Jim. The articles posted nowadays in Linux.com give room for concern. Misleadingly-titled FUD.

“You go to Google, you look for “Linux” news, a site called Linux.com then shows up with anti-Linux material (this isn’t about Linux but bad devices/users).”We’ve meanwhile noticed lots of spammy blog posts (yesterday, Sysadmin Day) from the Linux Foundation in various “Linux” blogs. “Linux Security Blog” participated and “It’s FOSS” did so too. Linux Journal said (in the headline) that “the Linux Foundation Is Having a Sysadmin Day Sale,” adding a promotional link with what seems like tracking/referral code. But that in itself isn’t the issue. It seems like the site in question uses Windows for the server, but we’re not entirely sure. It’s very well disguised (see IRC discussion at the bottom).

It would not be unprecedented for the Linux Foundation to use Windows; applicants apply for a job there using LinkedIn (Microsoft), as we’ve noted before and there’s a lot of Microsoft stuff used by the Foundation’s staff (see discussion below; I know this from my old interactions with Foundation staff). Over the past months I’ve had to resort to humour just to get the point across without offending the offenders, for example:

Yesterday I also noticed this text: “Have directly led revenue growth from $20MM to $50MM, from $80MM to $100MM…”

No, that’s not the Foundation’s chief Jim Zemlin (who sold out Linux… for his 'nonprofit' to make about $100,000,000 per year). That’s what his wife’s LinkedIn profile says. It’s all about money and both strive to grow in just one respect: money! From 20 million to 100 million. What is being achieved? Nothing. A Windows-powered and Mac-powered ‘Linux’ Foundation (Linux only in name).

“Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate require it – their shareholders would revolt at anything less.”

Aaron Swartz


schestowitz Help needed! Am I crazy or is this site WINDOWS-powered? Help me out here, geeks… https://cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org/SysadmindaY Jul 17 01:52
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org | NO TITLE Jul 17 01:52
schestowitz my initial tests say yes Jul 17 01:52
schestowitz based on more shallow tests Jul 17 01:52
schestowitz I might publish “Celebrates Sysadmin Day With a Microsoft Windows Site!” Jul 17 01:52
schestowitz I mean, LF Celebrates Sysadmin Day With a Microsoft Windows Site! Jul 17 01:52
schestowitz but I am not yet 100% sure it”s Windows at the back end Jul 17 01:53
schestowitz could be mod-speling [sic] in Apache Jul 17 01:53
schestowitz https://identity.linuxfoundation.org/checkout/540473 Jul 17 01:54
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights- ( status 404 @ https://identity.linuxfoundation.org/checkout/540473 ) Jul 17 01:54
schestowitz also this.. Jul 17 01:54
schestowitz https://identity.linuxfoundation.org/checkoUt/540473 Jul 17 01:54
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights- ( status 404 @ https://identity.linuxfoundation.org/checkoUt/540473 ) Jul 17 01:54
schestowitz note case Jul 17 01:54
schestowitz still works with the token here Jul 17 01:54
schestowitz bloody hell! Jul 17 01:55
schestowitz LF…. you also apply for a job there using LinkedIn (Microsoft) Jul 17 01:55
XRevan86 https://identity.linuxfoundation.org/checkoUt/540473 – Varnish Jul 17 01:56
XRevan86 The first link is served by something else. But it won’t tell by which. Jul 17 01:57
schestowitz can you check with me? Jul 17 01:57
schestowitz this is important Jul 17 01:57
XRevan86 It’s not HTTP/2 capable. Jul 17 01:58
XRevan86 https://cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org/ Jul 17 01:59
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights- ( status 403 @ https://cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org/ ) Jul 17 01:59
XRevan86 The 403 page looks like something done by Apache Tomcat Jul 17 01:59
schestowitz I did the same thing Jul 17 02:00
schestowitz why is the site case insensitive? Jul 17 02:00
schestowitz Also, see page source Jul 17 02:00
schestowitz lots of “MS” bits Jul 17 02:00
schestowitz I want to be 100% sure we don’t get the story, if any at all, wrong Jul 17 02:00
XRevan86 schestowitz: Maybe they configured case-insensitive matching Jul 17 02:01
XRevan86 It is peculiar. Jul 17 02:02
schestowitz no clues in http headers? Jul 17 02:03
schestowitz Ages ago, more than 10 years, I had FF extensions for that Jul 17 02:03
schestowitz before Mozilla killed xul Jul 17 02:03
XRevan86 schestowitz: Not even a Server header. Jul 17 02:03
XRevan86 schestowitz: Firefox’s devtools can do the job. Jul 17 02:04
XRevan86 but I test with curl Jul 17 02:04
schestowitz any other tricks we can employ? Jul 17 02:04
schestowitz This is a big deal if it turns out to be windows Jul 17 02:04
XRevan86 If I had experience with Windows servers, maybe I’d know what to look for… Jul 17 02:04
XRevan86 or with Java servers for that matter… Jul 17 02:05
XRevan86 I know https://linux.org.ru/ is using Tomcat, and it is case-sensitive. Jul 17 02:05
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-LINUX.ORG.RU — Русская информация об ОС Linux Jul 17 02:05
XRevan86 https://www.linux.org.ru/gallery/ – Gallery Jul 17 02:05
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-www.linux.org.ru | Галерея Jul 17 02:05
XRevan86 https://www.linux.org.ru/Gallery/ – 404 Jul 17 02:05
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights- ( status 404 @ https://www.linux.org.ru/Gallery/ ) Jul 17 02:05
XRevan86 schestowitz: But maybe it is really mod_speling Jul 17 02:08
XRevan86 and they then just turned off HTTP headers that give away configuration Jul 17 02:08
XRevan86 At least we know it’s Java and not ASP.NET Jul 17 02:09
schestowitz which domain? Jul 17 02:11
XRevan86 cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org Jul 17 02:11
cubexyz check with netcraft? Jul 17 02:12
-viera/#techrights-Tux Machines: Proxmox VE 6.0 released! http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/125966 [https://pleroma.site/objects/f3b82e95-d9ea-42e1-b380-6be86812a61b] Jul 17 02:12
XRevan86 cubexyz: Doesn’t tell anything of interest. Jul 17 02:13
schestowitz I thought about it Jul 17 02:13
schestowitz but did not do it Jul 17 02:13
schestowitz as I thought it might not even be on their radar yet Jul 17 02:13
cubexyz merely says “unknown” Jul 17 02:13
schestowitz seems like a new site or some internal “office” crap Jul 17 02:13
schestowitz how else can we test? Jul 17 02:14
schestowitz I don’t want to get the story wrong, that’s all Jul 17 02:14
XRevan86 > OS: F5 BIG-IP Jul 17 02:14
XRevan86 It did say that though Jul 17 02:14
schestowitz as that can be used to discredit everything we ever said re LF Jul 17 02:14
XRevan86 How can it tell? Jul 17 02:14
cubexyz there’s wappalyzer Jul 17 02:14
schestowitz can you have a go at it? Jul 17 02:14
cubexyz sure Jul 17 02:14
schestowitz Maybe they have the OS quite well Jul 17 02:14
schestowitz mind you, they use LOTS of MSFT internalluy Jul 17 02:15
schestowitz I know this from their PR rep Jul 17 02:15
schestowitz but demonstrating it, like link with proof, would help… Jul 17 02:15
cubexyz mysql, php, wordpress, OWL, bootstrap, jquery Jul 17 02:17
XRevan86 cubexyz: I doubt that Jul 17 02:17
XRevan86 there’s no wordpress there Jul 17 02:17
-viera/#techrights-Tux Machines: Univention Corporate Server 4.4-1/Point Release UCS 4.4-1: performance improvements, app recommendations and UDM REST API Beta http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/125967 [https://pleroma.site/objects/94f199ef-a04b-473c-a4a1-288f05bf6166] Jul 17 02:18
schestowitz cubexyz: does not look like wordpress Jul 17 02:19
schestowitz even if you look at page source Jul 17 02:19
schestowitz it looks like a really poorly-made CMS of some kind Jul 17 02:19
schestowitz but I want to know the US Jul 17 02:20
XRevan86 WordPress is PHP. Jul 17 02:20
schestowitz OS Jul 17 02:20
cubexyz no idea, just saying what wappalyzer says Jul 17 02:20
XRevan86 This is Java. Jul 17 02:20
schestowitz I imagine the CMS is proprietary anyway Jul 17 02:20
schestowitz https://twitter.com/schestowitz/status/1151297943745568768 Jul 17 02:21
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-@schestowitz: We are the LINUX FOUNDATION We OWN Linux dot com! We link to anti -Linux stories Because we just do (and we don’t e… https://t.co/UoJrMddR6K Jul 17 02:21
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-@schestowitz: We are the LINUX FOUNDATION We OWN Linux dot com! We link to anti -Linux stories Because we just do (and we don’t e… https://t.co/UoJrMddR6K Jul 17 02:21
schestowitz https://twitter.com/schestowitz/status/1150987858083295232 Jul 17 02:21
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-@schestowitz: “swapnilbhartiya” at #zemlinpac continues using the site LINUX dot com to promote #microsoft crap. [facepalm] https://t.co/BOIY5nmFWU Jul 17 02:21
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights–> Aqua Security Launches Microsoft Azure Marketplace Private Offers | Linux.com | The source for Linux information Jul 17 02:21
XRevan86 I don’t think there’s a way to tell Jul 17 02:24
cubexyz thelinuxfoundation.org runs nginx on linux Jul 17 02:25
cubexyz according to netcraft Jul 17 02:25
XRevan86 Does plain Tomcat support “Content-Encoding: gzip”? Jul 17 02:25
schestowitz That would make sense for the main site Jul 17 02:25
schestowitz but for sales etc. Jul 17 02:25
schestowitz not sure Jul 17 02:25
XRevan86 And they’re using AWS Jul 17 02:27
schestowitz that’s not unusual Jul 17 02:27
schestowitz would be worse if they used MSAzure Jul 17 02:28
XRevan86 That’d make my day Jul 17 02:28
XRevan86 Port scanning (nmap) revealed only that whoever configured cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org configured the firewall restrictively Jul 17 02:29
XRevan86 At least ICMP is open Jul 17 02:30
XRevan86 80, 113, 443, nothing else Jul 17 02:30
-viera/#techrights-Tux Machines: Network Security Toolkit 30-11210 http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/125968 [https://pleroma.site/objects/ec0ec5d4-88eb-4a05-9512-c9c86c76140a] Jul 17 02:31
XRevan86 The main site has IPv6, cloud.email. doesn’t. Jul 17 02:31
schestowitz I guess we still don’t know what it runs Jul 17 02:33
schestowitz and the checkout (identity) part Jul 17 02:33
schestowitz they got some company from the outside to do it Jul 17 02:33
schestowitz and maybe it’s not Linux Jul 17 02:33
XRevan86 It’s most likely Linux just because the odds are generally in that direction. Jul 17 02:34
XRevan86 Who’d deploy a Java website on Windows? Some kind of insane Microsoft fan I guess. But then, why not ASP.NET? Jul 17 02:34
schestowitz don’t bet on kt! Jul 17 02:34
schestowitz it! Jul 17 02:34
schestowitz This is the LF Jul 17 02:34
XRevan86 oh no Jul 17 02:37
XRevan86 I’ve checked nmap’s capabilities Jul 17 02:37
XRevan86 -O: Enable OS detection Jul 17 02:37
XRevan86 -sV: Probe open ports to determine service/version info Jul 17 02:37
XRevan86 > 443/tcp open   ssl/upnp Microsoft IIS httpd Jul 17 02:37
XRevan86 Guess flipping what Jul 17 02:37
XRevan86 > Running (JUST GUESSING): F5 Networks embedded (93%), F5 Networks TMOS 11.6.X (87%), OpenBSD 4.X (87%) Jul 17 02:38
XRevan86 > OS CPE: cpe:/o:f5:tmos:11.6 cpe:/o:openbsd:openbsd:4.0 Jul 17 02:38
XRevan86 > Aggressive OS guesses: F5 BIG-IP Edge Gateway (93%), F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager load balancer (TMOS 11.6) (87%), OpenBSD 4.0 (87% Jul 17 02:38
XRevan86 Just like netcraft, it thinks it’s most likely something from F5 Jul 17 02:38
XRevan86 but HTTP server probing gave a better idea Jul 17 02:39
XRevan86 schestowitz: Good thing I didn’t bet. Jul 17 02:39
XRevan86 You seem speechless %) Jul 17 02:40
cubexyz isn’t port 443 just HTTP over SSL… not necessarily M$ Jul 17 02:41
XRevan86 cubexyz: That’s “-sV: Probe open ports to determine service/version info” Jul 17 02:41
XRevan86 that’s its guess Jul 17 02:42
cubexyz hmmm, yeah Jul 17 02:43
cubexyz doesn’t look good Jul 17 02:44
schestowitz maybe I will publish IRC noted to accompany this Jul 17 02:44
schestowitz *IRC notes Jul 17 02:44
schestowitz as we are not sure Jul 17 02:44
schestowitz Get a load of this today Jul 17 02:44
schestowitz https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/microsoft-and-red-hat-inspired Jul 17 02:44
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-www.redhat.com | Microsoft and Red Hat, inspired Jul 17 02:44
XRevan86 schestowitz: The evidence is: Jul 17 02:45
XRevan86 1. case-insensitivity for no apparent reason Jul 17 02:45
XRevan86 2. nmap -sV cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org guesses HTTP is handled by “Microsoft IIS httpd” Jul 17 02:45
schestowitz I think it is probable Jul 17 02:46
schestowitz as soon as I saw the site and then the structure (marketing cruft appended to URL) Jul 17 02:47
schestowitz Then I checked page source Jul 17 02:47
schestowitz Been there, seen that… red flags Jul 17 02:47
schestowitz Also “cloud” Jul 17 02:47
schestowitz I know they used MS for office things Jul 17 02:47
schestowitz like in-office comms Jul 17 02:47
schestowitz Their PR reps used that to communicate with me ages ago Jul 17 02:47
schestowitz Dan Brown and others… Jul 17 02:48
XRevan86 https://cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org/SYSADM~1/ well, at least this didn’t work :D Jul 17 02:49
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights- ( status 400 @ https://cloud.email.thelinuxfoundation.org/SYSADM~1/ ) Jul 17 02:49
schestowitz joke or some element of truth to it? Jul 17 02:50
cubexyz didn’t M$ give the win7 code to russia recently? Jul 17 02:50
schestowitz I get the joke Jul 17 02:50
cubexyz or not recently… it may have been a while ago Jul 17 02:50
XRevan86 https://github.com/irsdl/IIS-ShortName-Scanner some element of truth to it Jul 17 02:51
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-GitHub – irsdl/IIS-ShortName-Scanner: latest version of scanners for IIS short filename (8.3) disclosure vulnerability Jul 17 02:51
XRevan86 Tried using https://nmap.org/nsedoc/scripts/http-iis-short-name-brute.html, no effect. Jul 17 02:56
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-nmap.org | http-iis-short-name-brute NSE Script Jul 17 02:56
XRevan86 StackOverflow isn’t either. Jul 17 02:57
XRevan86 nmap -sV detects Varnish on StackOverflow Jul 17 02:59
XRevan86 > via: 1.1 varnish Jul 17 02:59
XRevan86 I thought they’re on Windows Server Jul 17 02:59
schestowitz no, not likely Jul 17 02:59
schestowitz the (co)founder has some MSFT connections Jul 17 02:59
schestowitz books etc. Jul 17 02:59
schestowitz CodingHorror guy Jul 17 03:00
schestowitz the site, however, isn’t so… and he clarified to me he never worked for Microsoft directly Jul 17 03:00
XRevan86 Wikipedia states that Stack Overflow is written in C# Jul 17 03:00
XRevan86 Considering that .NET Core is a very new thing, it is most likely on Windows. Jul 17 03:01
XRevan86 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stack_Overflow#Technology Jul 17 03:01
-TechrightsBot-tr/#techrights-en.wikipedia.org | Stack Overflow – Wikipedia Jul 17 03:01
XRevan86 I guess they have a separate server as a reverse proxy for security and reliability. Jul 17 03:01
XRevan86 it is also case-insensitive Jul 17 03:03
XRevan86 no Varnish will change that :) Jul 17 03:03
schestowitz that’s quite common Jul 17 03:03
XRevan86 So yea, nmap detected it right. Jul 17 03:03
schestowitz only hours ago at work I deat with Jul 17 03:03
XRevan86 it figured it’s Varnish, and it is Jul 17 03:03
schestowitz apache behind nginx, on Ubuntu/Debian Jul 17 03:04
schestowitz no varnish Jul 17 03:04
schestowitz nginx stuff as reverse proxy Jul 17 03:04
XRevan86 schestowitz: Apache httpd is redundant in this case in most cases. Jul 17 03:04
schestowitz also helps hide fro probers like nmap Jul 17 03:04
XRevan86 schestowitz: The Stack Overflow is different in that they have to get a separate server to do the job. Jul 17 03:05
XRevan86 Because Varnish reportedly doesn’t work on Windows. Jul 17 03:05
XRevan86 * The Stack Overflow case Jul 17 03:05
XRevan86 schestowitz: nginx in front of Apache httpd introduces almost no overhead. Jul 17 03:06
schestowitz yes, or a VM Jul 17 03:06
schestowitz it does not have to run on the host/backend Jul 17 03:06
XRevan86 So… why wouldn’t you, right Jul 17 03:06
schestowitz you could even run it as a VM under Windows Jul 17 03:07
XRevan86 schestowitz: True, but I doubt that’s very efficient either. Jul 17 03:07
XRevan86 It’s a high-load website. Jul 17 03:08
-viera/#techrights-Tux Machines: Seven Concerns Open Source Should Worry About – Part 1 http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/125969 [https://pleroma.site/objects/387bf941-25b0-41b6-be31-c401127a895f] Jul 17 03:09
XRevan86 3. they don’t bother this much on the main website to hide set-up information Jul 17 03:12
XRevan86 Overall it looks like it was an outsource job, and no one cared enough to do it differently. But cared enough to cover the tracks a little bit. Jul 17 03:14
XRevan86 If they really wanted to hide the fact that this is Windows, they’d reverse proxy it. Jul 17 03:15
XRevan86 But I guess since it’s likely not in their network (I didn’t check), the overhead from proxying is unpleasant. Jul 17 03:16
-viera/#techrights-Tux Machines: Top 15 Best Forum Software For Linux in 2019 http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/125970 [https://pleroma.site/objects/f850f594-b34a-40fa-bf10-ee8544d1f956] Jul 17 03:18
schestowitz might be worth checking host location Jul 17 03:24
schestowitz LF is in Portland IIRC Jul 17 03:24
schestowitz if not SF Jul 17 03:24
schestowitz I think it’s ambiguous and some are ‘home workers’ Jul 17 03:24
schestowitz I’m pretty sure Jim Zemlin isSF-based, or somewhere near in CA Jul 17 03:24

07.16.19

Microsoft is ‘Doing Kamikaze’ (神風) on Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 5:25 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Karate is a form of marital arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world.”

Dave Barry

Summary: An analogy for what the Linux (only in name!) Foundation and Microsoft mean to Linux — or by extension to GNU/Linux and Free software whose largest repository Microsoft took control of

THERE are many fitting analogies by which to describe Microsoft’s real relationship with Linux; “love” isn't even close to it. A famous and classic scenario is trying to drown oneself with somebody else, or driving a car off the cliff with someone else inside the car. In Japan, with its generally cruel history and nihilistic culture (whaling, babies on bayonets, massacres of Chinese, sexual enslavement of Koreans, Kamikaze flights and so on), several fitting analogies come to mind. Linux distrusts Microsoft for the same reason the Chinese don’t trust Japan (and probably never will). But Imperial Microsoft is in denial about its atrocities, so it’s characterising its victims (of abuse/crime/corruption/doxing) as intolerant haters who need to be shunned and/or disciplined further.

“…Imperial Microsoft is in denial about its atrocities, so it’s characterising its victims (of abuse/crime/corruption/doxing) as intolerant haters who need to be shunned and/or disciplined further.”Does anyone know how or why Jim Zemlin, the $10,000,000 man who never wrote code, understands Japanese? Darl McBride from SCO knows it because he promoted his cult in Japan (as a missionary), but we fail to see the connection in the Zemlins. Either way, Zemlin rules “Linux” (the brand) like a Japanese Emperor and he’s willing to totally destroy GNU/Linux on the desktop (or even LINUX.com) just to suppress criticism of his Empire. This is perhaps the best analogy I can come up at this moment in time.

I’m generally against cancer analogies, but Microsoft is a company and not a person (and one cannot cause “offense” to a corporation). So to use an analogy, Microsoft is to Linux like an ovarian cancer. It’s big, you know it’s there, but it’s not simple to get it out once it settles there and expands, stifling distribution and eventually killing the ‘host’. What host? The Linux Foundation. It seems to be terminal.

Doing karate

The ‘New’ Linux.com Sometimes Feels Like a Microsoft Promotion Site

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 4:17 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: Azure Running GNU/Linux Isn’t About ‘Love’ But About Control

“It is not the lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Summary: Anything that the ‘Linux’ Foundation touches seems to turn into its proprietors’ agenda; one of those proprietors is Microsoft, which has a "Jihad" against Linux

TRYING my very best to be polite, I rarely post here (as articles) my microblogging rants about the Linux Foundation. When I write articles I also try to omit names (sometimes going to the extremes of ‘censoring’ names in our sources’ messages on the subject). Some of these rants can offend some people even though they’re perfectly honest and sincere a bunch of rants. Some have become satirical and cynical; I resort to humour. The truth is, I am really not happy about the pivot of the Linux Foundation and I’ve noticed, based on responses, that many other GNU/Linux users aren’t happy either. They probably just don’t say much about it. People refrain from ‘disparaging’ the Linux Foundation mostly because it has the word “Linux” in its name (never mind if very little or what it does actually supports Linux and most staff aren’t Linux users).

“People refrain from ‘disparaging’ the Linux Foundation mostly because it has the word “Linux” in its name (never mind if very little or what it does actually supports Linux and most staff aren’t Linux users).”Earlier this year we took some gloves off, partly because my wife had gotten fed up and said I ought to break the silence. Why do these people get a free pass (avoidance of criticism)? She reads Linux news all day. She runs Tux Machines, which makes this required. The Linux Foundation is “trying to condition the minds of people,” she told me this morning, to suggest “that Microsoft is OK…”

And my wife argues this not as a Microsoft basher or hater. She hardly ever minded them (until recent years). Now she uses terms like “entryism” and “conditioning” (which she borrowed from politics). “That’s the term there…”

“…Microsoft’s attacks on GNU/Linux (from the inside) have left us no choice… sadly, the Foundation that owns or at least monopolises/utilises Torvalds’ trademark now actively participates in Microsoft’s attacks.”“There’s no Linux news anymore, it’s all about Microsoft,” she retorted a couple of hours ago. I too read Linux news all day, every day. So I see the same thing. Some readers sent us E-mail saying the same thing. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Some people underestimate the work of Techrights, much of which isn’t about publishing articles but doing activism in support of GNU/Linux behind the scenes and coordinating actions, e.g. in IRC. We’re supporting GNU/Linux a lot better than most ‘foundations’. Articles are one component of several activities. Tux Machines, for example helps people find positive stories about GNU/Linux. The same cannot be said about LINUX.com ever since the Linux Foundation effectively shut it down (back in April). It fired all the editors and staff without even a “thank you” or an explanation. Remember that for a "thank you" from the Linux Foundation you need to open the wallet/purse and pay tens of thousands of dollars. Yes, “thank yous” are a service or a product from the Linux Foundation. This is how gross things have become. In our latest daily links we included this report from yesterday; it shows Microsoft giving more money to Jim Zemlin and his PAC/foundation. This does not amuse us. What also isn’t amusing is yesterday’s news pick from “swapnilbhartiya”, who was chosen by the Foundation, maybe based on track record of love for Linux-hostile firms (he uses a “Mac”-branded PC, just like Zemlin). Weeks ago he did puff pieces for GPL violator VMware on the Foundation's payroll and this week (the second week) he continues using the site LINUX.com to promote Microsoft stuff. Zemlin’s PAC has put just one single person in charge of LINUX.com news, posting maybe (at most) two paragraphs a day. There’s like 50 Linux stories per day (I know this because of my research for Tux Machines and Techrights daily links), so why does he post Microsoft ones?

About 2 years ago I said repeatedly (and it’s a matter of public record) that I do not want to cover anything Microsoft and instead focus on GNU/Linux and patent issues. But Microsoft’s attacks on GNU/Linux (from the inside) have left us no choice… sadly, the Foundation that owns or at least monopolises/utilises Torvalds’ trademark now actively participates in Microsoft’s attacks. It is a gradual handover, a passage of ownership, so to speak.

07.14.19

Microsoft’s WSL is Designed to Weaken GNU/Linux (on the Desktop/Laptop) and Strengthen Vista 10

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Java, Microsoft, Red Hat at 12:37 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Don’t encourage new, cross-platform Java classes, especially don’t help get great Win 32 implementations written/deployed. [...] Do encourage fragmentation of the Java classlib space.”

Ben Slivka, Microsoft

Summary: What Microsoft does to GNU/Linux on the desktop (and/or laptop) bears much resemblance to what Microsoft did to Java a couple of decades ago

Windows Vista 10 is a terrible operating system, both technically and commercially. Its track record in the market has been appalling and not even sick deviants like Microsoft Peter could spin that (they tried a lot, every day/week). Microsoft, fearing a growing adoption of Chromebooks and various forms of more Freedom-respecting distros (than Chrome OS), is trying to chew the competition and hijack the brand, then distort it. It’s an old strategy, so many analogies exist.

“The person in charge of GitHub (Microsoft put him in charge!) has a history of attacks on Java.”Java is a powerful toolset and language (it became a lot more than just syntax). It’s still very widely used, though not everyone is a fan. “If Java had true garbage collection,” ‬Robert Sewell jokingly said,‭” ‬most programs would delete themselves upon execution.‭” Some would say similar things about Python and other high-level languages. Similarly, many people mock low-level languages because they involve more complicated things such as pointers and may be prone to buffer overflows, especially when used by inexperienced programmers with little or no testing. I haven’t touched Java in years, but many moons ago I used it for its cross-platform nature. That’s one of its major selling points; not many frameworks are as portable and cross-platform, so it’s hardly surprising Google adopted the APIs.

“With Java, Microsoft gave out a broken, non-standard, Windows-only variant in violation of their contract with Sun AND nonetheless persisted in trying to call it Java. I see that as what Microsoft is doing to GNU/Linux via WSL,” one reader told us this afternoon.

“They attempted, relentlessly, to infect GNU/Linux with this patent trap; thankfully they failed. People pushed back.”The person in charge of GitHub (Microsoft put him in charge!) has a history of attacks on Java [1, 2]. It’s hardly surprising that his Xamarin sidekick Miguel de Icaza has a history of FUD and bashing of Java, e.g. after the Oracle lawsuit against Google/Android. They have been pushing .NET for ages, in the form of Mono. They attempted, relentlessly, to infect GNU/Linux with this patent trap; thankfully they failed. People pushed back. We won one battle, but not yet the war. Microsoft keeps fighting Bill Gates' "Jihad".

Our reader believes that what Microsoft plans to do with WSL is somewhat similar to what it did to Java, not just to Netscape. “It is unlikely that Microsoft is in violation of the GPL in this specific case,” he added. “However, it is certain that what we see is a port to Windows and probably increasingly incompatible over time.”

“Our reader believes that what Microsoft plans to do with WSL is somewhat similar to what it did to Java, not just to Netscape.”They already did this numerous times before, e.g. with curl (there was a controversy a couple of years back). By deviating from known and accepted standards they can make stuff constructed or coded on Windows incapable of running in its original, native environment. “Some research again on Java can help come up with similarly alarming analogies,” I replied, knowing some of the things that Microsoft said internally while sabotaging Java. We have quite a repository of old articles on this topic, including antitrust material.

The fact that Linux Foundation staff keeps celebrating WSL and even the takeover of GitHub serves to show whose side the Foundation is on. Let that sink in for a while…

Christine Hall from the OSI’s Board told me a few days ago that “considering the name, the Linux Foundation is no friend to Linux or the spirit behind open source.”

“Many of us (GNU/Linux users) feel so technically-orphaned or homeless when it comes to representation of GNU/Linux, especially on the desktop.”“Jim Zemlin never met a dollar he didn’t like,” she told me separately (and publicly) about Jim Zemlin. “He has nothing but disdain for desktop Linux,” she continued. “He wishes we would just go away.”

Many of us (GNU/Linux users) feel so technically-orphaned or homeless when it comes to representation of GNU/Linux, especially on the desktop. We don’t suppose IBM will take leadership; earlier today Phoronix reported that platform support is being narrowed in Fedora (less than a week after the IBM deal was closed!). Fedora/Red Hat/IBM staff is meanwhile starting unnecessary disputes with Canonical/Ubuntu over Snaps in GNOME.

With WSL Microsoft is Doing to GNU/Linux What It Did to Netscape

Posted in Antitrust, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:48 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Remember what Microsoft did to Netscape?

Netscape

Summary: Embrace, extend, extinguish. Some things never really change even if they become an old and repetitive accusation.

“Innovation has never been Microsoft’s strong suite,” said a Microsoft employee (antitrust trial evidence), “we’re much better at ripping off our competitors. For example we did not invent either ASP or IE – we bought them.”

Microsoft DOJ insider testimonies are quite powerful and they serve to remind us of things that never really changed.

Months ago we wrote about WSL, which we’re seeing more and more of in news feeds when searching for “Linux” (but WSL is actually Windows Vista 10).

“So Microsoft loves Linux. It says so anyway… it will love “Linux” even more when Linux just means Azure and WSL/Vista 10.”“We are going to cut off Netscape’s air supply,” Microsoft’s Paul Maritz wrote. “Everything they’re selling we’re going to give away for free.” His colleague Jim Allchin said that “Windows 98 must be a killer on shipments so that Netscape never gets a chance.”

“Microsoft’s business strategy is copy the products others innovate, put them into Windows so they can’t be unplugged, and then give it away for free,” Larry Ellison (Oracle) famously said.

Nowadays with UEFI ‘secure boot’ it’s already more challenging booting and installing GNU/Linux as a standalone (or dual-boot) operating system.

So Microsoft loves Linux. It says so anyway… it will love “Linux” even more when Linux just means Azure and WSL/Vista 10. The brand “Linux” is already being diluted (not that the Linux Foundation minds) and these tactics from Microsoft go a long way back.

“The fact that there’s some e-mail here at MS that says, ‘let’s go up and beat this guy’…there’s nothing wrong with that. That is capitalism at work for consumers.”

Bill Gates on Good Morning America, 11-11-98 (covered by The Daily Telegraph, November 13, 1998)

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