01.20.21

IBM Panics and Resorts to ‘Customer Retention’ Tactics With Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Red Hat, Servers at 5:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: IBM ‘frees’ RHEL but with limitations that can restrict growth of small companies (or subject them to financial barriers, originally unforeseen)

THE many incoming press reports (we link to this page as its list of articles will expand over time) about RHEL and CentOS can never outnumber the articles about Joe Biden, but it’s pretty big news regardless (maybe a poor choice of time to announce it all).

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) logoDespite ISP ordeals (BT now admits to me that there are serious congestion issues due to lock-downs associated with COVID-19) I’m uploading a quick video that talks about all the press coverage found so far regarding IBM’s pivot. It’s generally a step in a positive direction, but terms and conditions still apply. There are still superficial limitations that lower the appeal of Red Hat. In any event, the policy adopted on the fate of CentOS was a shot in the foot and IBM now recognises this (more than a month too late).

InteLeaks – Part XXIII: Intel Paying for Bogus ‘Research’ ‘Insights’ Which Merely Seek to Justify Outsourcing to Microsoft and Imposing Microsoft’s Proprietary Software on Free Software Developers

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 1:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

Summary: Intel’s preference for Microsoft monopoly (an imposed/top-down decision) was seemingly certified by so-called ‘consultants’ and ‘analysts’ from the outside rather than the inside, basically manufacturing a false perception of consent after managers had already made up their minds

THIS ongoing series has already shown the degree of abuse to which Free software and GNU/Linux developers get subjected to. Intel doesn’t value those people; it’s trying to control and corrupt them while big salaries compel them to obey. A lot of this was happening when Coronavirus made it exceedingly hard to seek alternative employment/ers.

The above video continues and build upon the previous two parts.

“…rumor had it the Intel decision to drop Gitlab and go with GitHub in 2019… was influenced by these types of research reports.”
      –Anonymous
“This document,” explained a source, “is about what the developers use or might use… with regard to software.”

“Not entirely sure,” the source added, “but rumor had it the Intel decision to drop Gitlab and go with GitHub in 2019… was influenced by these types of research reports.”

“This report doesn’t seem to take GNU Linux devs into consideration,” the source told us. We’ve seen some feedback from developers, including (as quoted before): “why don’t they just ask US!”

Another one said, “dropbox?! github?! slack?! We’re going to lose devs… I just use a shell, irc and gitlab but for change… why not an internal git of our own…”

“dropbox?! github?! slack?! We’re going to lose devs… I just use a shell, irc and gitlab but for change… why not an internal git of our own…”
      –Anonymous
One IoT developer using GNU/Linux said that, having been informed several months later about the report.

Another insider quote: “Dropbox… vscode… github… y agencies may know where the i… I do see mysql but no mention of phpmyadmin… no mariadb”

These highly biased ‘studies’ aren’t based on actual research of technical analysis but on branding and a small survey of a few developers (no idea how or why they were chosen).

As we shall show later, they not only promote Microsoft proprietary applications but also “Clown Computing” and GitHub (a prison for developers).

In the video I mention this latest GitHub takedown. Don’t expect the new president to put an end to such misuse of the DMCA. In fact, after the honeymoon period with “Joe” people will realise that just like Donald Trump when it comes to copyright zealots he’s totally with them (he has been notorious for it since decades ago)

Joe Biden GitHub: Creepy cyborg Joe: Delete (this from project) (from) Github

Here’s the latest example of Microsoft engaging in censorship of torrent-related projects on behalf of the copyright cartel.

MPA takedown

And the project has already vanished.

GitHub nyaa

Intel already had its own instance of Git with Gitlab for user friendliness. Who made the decision to dump it and outsource to proprietary traps of Microsoft? Stay tuned to find out…

InteLeaks – Part XXII: Bubbles and Buzzwords, No Substance at Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) Group (IOTG)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft, Windows at 7:59 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Intel Inside®? No, Microsoft inside. Shoehorned using buzzwords and marketing hype.

Summary: The video above is continuation of the previous part about a document full of superficial buzzwords (not technical jargon anywhere), in effect recommending to managers that they blindly follow trends and cargo cults (such as Clown Computing) and not what’s most suitable for technical excellence

THE sorts of material we receive from and about Intel is embarrassingly shallow. The company has put its future in the ends of clueless clowns, who are better at reciting buzzwords and putting together fancy presentations at the expense of technical arguments.

“Intel is pivoting towards Microsoft also for clown computing,” told us a former Intel insider, “because Amazon, Oracle and other clown companies are moving towards (their own) ARM processors for their respective clowns [and] at least with Microsoft they will be able to sell their processors for running backdoored servers and desktops in the clown…”

We’ve already heard all about the backlash at Intel. They’re being pushed around by people who instead of striving to make better products basically cheat the market.

To give an example, the former insider quotes European authorities as saying: “First, according to the contested decision, Intel awarded four OEMs, namely Dell, Lenovo, HP and NEC, rebates which were conditioned on these OEMs purchasing all or almost all of their x86 CPUs from Intel. Similarly, Intel awarded payments to MSH, which were conditioned on MSH selling exclusively computers containing Intel’s x86 CPUs.”

“But Intel has changed logos,” I jokingly responded, “so all is forgotten now…”

Here’s an article about the slap-on-the-wrist fines, noting that Intel “paid retail stores rebates to only stock x86 parts.”

“competing on merit my ***,” said the former insider. Ryan noted that “Intel-based laptops have gotten MUCH cheaper lately.” Increased competition tends to lead to that and Intel never tolerated competition. It has this in common with Microsoft. “Lenovo knocked the $1,500 Thinkbooks down to like $850,” Ryan added, as “probably Intel and Microsoft had to lower their prices significantly. There’s just not much more you can do with a Windows computer these days than with anyone else’s.”

The latest news suggests that Intel will lose some of its biggest clients. This will be a boon to GNU/Linux and hardware from Chinese firms (with or without back doors, which Intel has anyway).

Big blow to Intel, do doubt…

The video above does not deal with the fluff Intel commissioned or paid for; instead it speaks in more general terms about the aimlessness of the company, driving away its talent while pulling in Microsoft’s orbit (and then imposing it on GNU/Linux developers).

This document which we show here (HRI tools analysis report) is a research report from a 3rd party to Intel, in effect “recommending Microsoft/proprietary tools,” including “the recommendation to partner with Microsoft,” according to a source. We’ll come to this at a later stage and discuss the ramifications. In the meantime we can dwell in the superficiality and lack of insight.

01.19.21

InteLeaks – Part XXI: Intel Seeking Advice From a Bunch of Clowns (Harbor ‘Research’)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware at 11:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: A firm called Harbor ‘Research’ is making dubious recommendations to Intel; as shown in the above video, there’s also an obsession with buzzwords (typically suggestive of a lack of technical grasp/understanding)

THIS series now enters its second ‘phase’; having published the documents that we discussed throughout the month (see index in the relevant wiki page), we now proceed to recommendations made to Intel from an outside party. In the next few parts we’ll expose a bunch of reactions from inside Intel. As one can imagine, technical people aren’t happy. In the above video I focus on the Clown Computing obsession and totally inadequate recommendations. Who does Harbor ‘Research’ actually work for? Intel or Microsoft?

01.18.21

InteLeaks – Part XX: Redacted (for Names Only) Release of Intel File About Developer eXperience (DX) Meddling in GNU/Linux

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Hardware at 7:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Today (or tonight) we release the first ‘phase’ of InteLeaks in a sensibly redacted form; coming up next is a surprise from Team Microsoft

A FEW hours ago the new (upcoming) CEO of Intel was mentioned in this article entitled “Gelsinger Waves Farewell – Can VMware Navigate The Course Ahead?”

A better question to ask is, “Can Intel Navigate The Course Ahead With Gelsinger?”

“It’s all that we’ve shown so far, including redaction.”As we noted before, in this ongoing series, Intel has very severe issues that include brain drain. Hiring a CEO from a highly notorious GPL violator doesn’t seem like a strategically wise move. The article starts as follows: “Pat Gelsinger stunned the enterprise computing world recently with the announcement of his jump from VMware to Intel.”

What does that say about Intel? Considering VMware’s management, which for many years was infiltrated and controlled by Microsoft (we covered this before)…

In any event, after careful assessment, we’ve decided to release in raw (but slightly redacted) form some of the material that makes up this series. It’s all that we’ve shown so far, including redaction.

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Suppressed Facts of the Free Software Movement and Its Community of Volunteers – Part IV: Stories From the Depths of the Free Software Foundation (FSF)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 5:44 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

tl;dr Transparency prevents embarrassment

Free Software Foundation (FSF) donors

Summary: To reduce or alleviate suspicions and a potential of mistrust the FSF needs to become more transparent and liberate information (such as the real reason Bradley Kuhn left, as noted in the previous part)

THERE are past stories about the FSF. Those stories may seem like “old news”, but there are aspects of those stories long suppressed. The public needs to understand what actually happened. Otherwise, people can shape their views based on mere speculations and misunderstandings.

“The payments can be called “sponsorship” or “patronage” or whatever; there are strings attached to such money, especially if there’s a prospect of annual renewal (subjected to periodic assessment and sometimes pre-imposed conditions).”In Part I, Part II, and Part III we explained that corporate impact or moneyed factors sought to steer institutions that would otherwise antagonise them. The payments can be called “sponsorship” or “patronage” or whatever; there are strings attached to such money, especially if there’s a prospect of annual renewal (subjected to periodic assessment and sometimes pre-imposed conditions). This happens a lot in politics and it imperils free speech because of that ‘sixth sense’ about financial ramifications associated with the expression of particular views.

Just to be very clear right from the start/outset, the donors of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) are reasonably benign. It’s nowhere as grotesque as what goes on at the OSI and Linux Foundation. This year and last year’s page says a lot; the FSF’s donors page suggests that they increasingly rely on members, not companies like Google and IBM. That’s a positive thing.

Secrecy breeds conspiracy nonsense. But Benghazi, What about Benghazi?, Did you sexually molest Benghazi too?I am very saddened by the departure of Alex Oliva from the FSF. Having said that, he explained to me that it was a decision both himself and RMS (the FSF’s founder) were generally OK with and I recently noticed that he had moved on to other very interesting endeavours. My main concern is that people inside the FSF falsely accused him of things he had never done. “I suppose you can see how easy it would be for someone to blame any leaks from within the FSF on me,” he recently told me. Some leaks that we received (if those even qualify as leaks at all) were wrongly blamed on him. That’s just beyond unfortunate. We’ve had many people with inside knowledge approach us over the years. My communications with Oliva are actually out there, in public, in open domains such as Diaspora. I don’t need to speak to him privately to better understand what goes on at the FSF because he’s very transparent about it — to the point of causing himself trouble (as was the case after publishing the “GNU year” blog post). As he noted the other day, “you’ve seen how I’m striving to keep my commitments and obligations of confidence on FSF internal information I’ve had access to.”

That’s correct. Here in Techrights we publish almost everything, sometimes in mildly redacted form. This way we have very little to hide (except maybe names) and scrutiny can be done in the open, with no speculations necessary. People who are in IRC can see what happens almost in real time and those who just lurk or read IRC logs need to wait for (at most) 24 hours.

If this series reopens some old wounds or sores (or sores code), then fine. We strive to better understand what goes on at the FSF. Sometimes I debate these things openly with a whole bunch of people, including RMS. The FSF oughtn’t try to guard its reputation by secrecy because such a strategy does not scale when dealing with panels or large teams which in turn speak outwards (with other people, those outside the circle of trust). In the next part we’ll give an example of that.

InteLeaks – Part XIX: Intel’s Web ‘Experts’ Seen as Microsoft Champions Dealing With the Platform Microsoft is Looking to Destroy

Posted in GNU/Linux, Hardware, Microsoft, Windows at 2:42 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Things aren’t rosy at Intel because the hires aren’t suitable for the job of documenting and/or presenting GNU/Linux-centric products (whose target audience is Free software developers)

THE situation at Intel seems grim because everywhere one looks there are Microsoft boosters who deal with GNU/Linux like it’s just Windows. They don’t understand GNU/Linux and probably never used it.

This is clearly a recipe for disaster.

“…Intel is choosing Microsoft, not GNU/Linux, and Intel snubs software freedom except when it needs openwashing PR perks, shoehorned for money by the Linux Foundation (another faker full of people who never even used Linux).”Before we proceed to the second ‘phase’ of this series — a phase that deals with other kinds of documents — we explain in some brevity the sort of scenario GNU/Linux professionals find themselves in when they work for Intel. They’re basically surrounded if not besieged by people who don’t understand Free software and don’t even wish to understand it. They impose bad practices on everybody else and it should come as no surprise that many skilled and experienced developers are leaving (I personally know two who left last year).

As we shall show in the next so-called ‘phase’, Intel is choosing Microsoft, not GNU/Linux, and Intel snubs software freedom except when it needs openwashing PR perks, shoehorned for money by the Linux Foundation (another faker full of people who never even used Linux).

Intel is risking becoming a fossil, circling down the abyss of irrelevance. Hours ago Phoronix published “Itanium IA-64 Was Busted In The Upstream, Default Linux Kernel Build The Past Month,” saying that:

While Intel formally discontinued the Itanium processors just under two years ago, the Linux software support for IA-64 continues. However, as a possible sign of the times, the Linux 5.11 kernel build for it has been broken the past month.

As what might set off Linus Torvalds on a Monday morning, it turns out since the Linux 5.11 merge window the Itanium “IA64″ kernel code has been broken and unable to even successfully carry out a “defconfig” default configuration kernel build. This wasn’t due to some foreign change within the kernel regressing the support but a change made by IBM to the IA64 Kconfig to enable SPARSEMEM by default.

The world is moving past the Intel monopoly (and by extension x86). The Wintel monoculture won’t save Intel anymore because this monoculture too is rapidly eroding, becoming perhaps a mere niche some time later in this decade.

01.17.21

COVID-19 Has Actually Helped Software Freedom Due to Financial and ‘Spare Time’ Factors

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:52 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Get busy coding!

Summary: Developers and users are increasingly exploring what the Free software world has to offer; this is actually measurable and it contradicts claims to the contrary

AT THE END OF LAST week I saw a claim, in a Spanish GNU/Linux site (yes, it says “GNU”), that COVID-19 took Free software aback, undoing 40 years of progress. I could not agree, as the evidence we have out there does not support this assertion. Last week we wrote about the real market share of Windows going back to the levels of 30 years ago (and nearly under 30% all in all) and there’s evidence, as Phoronix put it a few hours ago, that “Gentoo Saw Total Commits Rise By 42% In 2020” (this is a real community, unlike Ubuntu or Fedora).

“One obvious casualty of COVID-19 is privacy…”We also wrote about IIS collapsing last year. At my ‘daytime’ job (actually nighttime) I see a gradual migration in that general direction — away from proprietary traps rather than towards them. Many businesses now realise that Clown Computing was just a passing fad and as costs pile up (those were originally priced below profit levels to lure people into the trap, getting them locked in) the exit barriers aren’t strong enough a deterrent anymore. Clown Computing was all along an entrapment strategy, turning licensing costs into subscription costs which only seem attractive on the (shallow) surface. Microsoft’s Azure has layoffs and Microsoft is paranoid about those pointing this out (it harms recruitment efforts). Azure is a failure. Microsoft lies to its shareholders.

One obvious casualty of COVID-19 is privacy; putting aside face masks as a barrier to identification of people ‘out there’, there are now more tools by which people can be spied on in their own homes and such oppressive tools with egregious violations of human rights are often imposed by bosses, examiners, and sometimes even governments.

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