02.25.21

IBM and Qt Don’t Understand Free Software and They Now Impose Terms and Conditions on Who Qualifies for Use of Free Software Free of Charge

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Red Hat, Servers at 1:21 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Red Hat is becoming as ‘free’ as shareware or freeware in some regard; one might say that they even mimic the immorality of the 'ethical' licences while working for companies that bomb people

RED HAT (or IBM) has just announced this ‘free’ (with conditions) offer that’s already coming under severe criticism. Basically, after IBM took away CentOS from users (years after Red Hat had bought CentOS) it offers something similar, but this time with conditions, first a limit on the number of instances (up to 16) and now limitless albeit only for ‘Open-Source Infrastructure’, whatever that even means. They clearly feel the pinch, seeing that people might move away to Oracle or ‘Alma’ or ‘Rocky’ (and who knows what else is still in the pipeline, set aside non-RHEL-like distros).

ClockQt did something similar about a year ago, in effect taking away what was largely or widely regarded as Free software. They used a “bait/switch” kind of approach, in effect getting people ‘hooked’ on the free product (with high and increasing exit barriers) and now they want money. The code of many projects now depends on a proprietary stack again. Freedom isn’t an option and one needs to pay, regardless. They try to make it inconvenient to not pay, never mind if the timing is ever more sensitive due to a pandemic.

The video above contains my thoughts on this latest move and a little bit of background information.

02.24.21

How the Big Banks and OIN Can Whitewash Software Patents and Do Nothing Concrete About Patent Trolls

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, OIN, Patents at 10:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Response to the puff piece entitled “How the Big Banks and OIN Can Lock Out Patent Trolls with Enabled Publications”

OIN does not work for “community” (or for Free software) but for banks and rich monopolies, as we already explained last week. A longtime reader brought to our attention the new article which the video discusses. Not only does this article lack substance (or clarity about what’s actually proposed); it reinforces the view that OIN works for the rich and powerful, not for powerless Free software developers.

“It mostly distracts from those of us who want to truly fix the status quo, e.g. working to abolish software patents.”IBM is very eager to be publicly seen as open and anti-racist, largely because of its past as an abusive and racist monopolist, profiting from racism and overcharging everyone owing to monopoly, guarded largely by patents.

Seeing how OIN has helped the EPO regime (media stunts of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos), we can’t help but feel like OIN — no matter what its original intention and/or goals might have been — is no ally. It mostly distracts from those of us who want to truly fix the status quo, e.g. working to abolish software patents.

02.21.21

Technology Will Become More Inclusive When We Identify and Tackle the Root Causes, and Choice of Words Ain’t That

Posted in Deception, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 5:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The troublesome misdirection from real issues (such as imperialism and racism that beget social apartheid) means that mainstream media hails corporations as the solution to the very problem they contribute to (for profit)

THE world’s giant technology companies, which see themselves as “master of the universe”, start consortia and Web sites (cheap or low-cost PR campaigns) that help shift attention from their racist policies, racist past, and contracts that help them profit from racism. The corporate media is more than happy to participate in these PR campaigns, which perpetuate their power over society, rendering billions of people around the world "digital slaves".

“The corporate media is more than happy to participate in these PR campaigns, which perpetuate their power over society, rendering billions of people around the world “digital slaves”.”Recently, the Linux Foundation decided to lend the name “Linux” to this, in effect whitewashing a racist past (again, for profit!) and failing to point out sheer hypocrisy.

I am aware that this is a sensitive subject, but I’ve written enough about those matters to speak about it unprepared and unscripted. Towards the end I critically assess the PR campaigns and why they may be missing the point or overlook the real problems.

We Need to Keep the Word ‘Master’ to Explain What Large Corporations Have Become to Society (Same Corporations Trying to Abolish This Word)

Posted in Deception, IBM, Microsoft at 10:15 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Back in October: IBM: The Word “Master” is Rude (Except When We Use It Ourselves)

My Master Welcomes You: Developers, Only I can say 'master'

Summary: There are corporate consortia and a media obsession with supposedly offensive language; little attention is being paid to the blood spilled by those same corporations, usually consciously and for profit

EVER noticed how large corporations and their media/chiefs just love accusing their critics of being “toxic”, “negative” etc. while they themselves do vastly worse things, including killings of projects, companies, and sometimes even people?

“People’s feelings matter. Women who lost spouses and kids (or even their own lives) to racist/imperialistic wars of conquest are a lot more hurt than people who might feel uncomfortable with terms that are barely even connected to slavery (depending on the context).”The hypocrisy is surface-deep. It’s not hard to spot. Companies and people who work for the Pentagon (to help bomb civilians) and for ICE (to kidnap children and forcibly sterilise imprisoned moms) tell us that having a Git branch called “master” is a bad idea and we should be shamed/humiliated until that gets ‘corrected’ (never mind if they don’t own Git and actually attack Git through GitHub).

Master Chief's Plan-(Despicable Me Halo): Welcome to Microsoft, We make violent computer games, But you are insensitive, For calling a git branch 'master'

Days ago the Linux Foundation and IBM had the audacity to portray IBM as pro-Jamaica (hijacking the flag) and pro-black, perhaps consciously distracting from what IBM had done there.

People’s feelings matter. Women who lost spouses and kids (or even their own lives) to racist/imperialistic wars of conquest are a lot more hurt than people who might feel uncomfortable with terms that are barely even connected to slavery (depending on the context). We’ve already written many articles on this matter, which seems to be a corporate ploy to distract the masses.

02.20.21

Misusing the Linux Brand for Reputation Laundering and Openwashing of Racist Companies (Which Profit From Racism)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft at 7:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: IBM, with much help from Zemlin's PAC (a sleazy marketing firm which does not pay tax), is trying to portray IBM as the opposite of what it is; that’s another example of the “Linux” brand being misused or misapplied where it has no relevance at all (so-called 'vaccine passports', 'contact-tracing' surveillance and so on)

THE Linux Foundation, already filled with former IBM employees, is misusing the trade name “Linux” and a bunch of openwashing tactics (outsourcing code to proprietary software of Microsoft) to white-wash the history and current status of IBM, even if IBM continues to profit from “Racist” contracts (while offering us a list of “Racist” words that it demands be removed, even if those words have nothing to do with race, e.g. words like “master” and “whitelist”).

“In a sense, it seems pretty clear that IBM is mostly trying to confuse the general public, sending out the message that IBM is combating rather than perpetuating institutional racism at a very large scale.”Little does IBM say about its difficult past with Jamaica or the racist inclinations of its founder, the original Watson. In a sense, it seems pretty clear that IBM is mostly trying to confuse the general public, sending out the message that IBM is combating rather than perpetuating institutional racism at a very large scale.

Links from the video above (in order of appearance):

  1. Two new Call for Code for Racial Justice projects just went open source
  2. New Open Source Projects to Confront Racial Justice
  3. The Linux Foundation and IBM Announce New Open Source Projects to Promote Racial Justice
  4. The Linux Foundation and IBM Announce New Open Source Projects to Promote Racial Justice
  5. The Linux Foundation adds 7 projects to combat racial injustice
  6. Linux Foundation backs 7 new open-source projects to promote racial justice
  7. IBM, Linux Foundation Expand Call for Code for Racial Justice

02.15.21

Open Invention Network (OIN) and Big Banks: Shared Agenda

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, IBM, OIN, Patents at 4:47 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The press release and puff pieces from Bergelt et al won’t tell the public what OIN really does, in practice (which is worse than nothing at all)

THE Open Invention Network (OIN) has been covered here since its inception, back when an IBM person (founding member) ran the whole thing and seemed mostly reasonable, even better than benign, at least at the time (much like the Linux Foundation, which is partly connected not just in the sense that sponsors and agenda overlap). Big banks aren’t our friends; they might be OIN’s friends. OIN isn’t our friend and these people often undo the goals of FFII and other groups that oppose software patents.

“OIN isn’t what it seems or what it claims to be. It exists to serve and protect monopolists.”Nowadays many of us in the Free software world have already grown cynical and critical of the IBM-centric OIN. Adding Microsoft as a member did not lend legitimacy but mostly harmed it, especially in light of the fact that Microsoft continued to attack Linux — sometimes with patents — after it had joined OIN. The video above is a response to this morning’s press release. As we put it earlier on in Daily Links, OIN is not a community (the word “community” is used in the headline) but a front group of software patents proponents looking to openwash their monopolies and striving to make software patents look benign w.r.t. Linux. They say they were “formed to safeguard open source software (OSS)” (no “F” word, nothing about Freedom) and then they call themselves a “community” again. Nowadays companies like to portray themselves as “green”, “open” and even “communities”…

Yes, nothing says “community” like ruthless for-profit corporations that help bomb people…

Keith Bergelt is then quoted naming a bunch of buzzwords and name-dropping hype like “fintech” (one of the many weasel words that software patents’ proponents use). A few hours ago the ‘news’ site ZDNet did a puff piece about the whole thing, as usual. The video above only scratches the surface of what we know and what we’ve shown about OIN over the years. This is just more of the same.

Not too long ago the Linux Foundation was greenwashing big banks, so why can’t OIN? The puff piece keeps mentioning “trolls” and “patent trolls”, but nowhere is it mentioned that OIN never stops trolls and moreover it hired trolls to lead the OIN. What a lousy piece of cheap propaganda.

OIN isn’t what it seems or what it claims to be. It exists to serve and protect monopolists.

02.08.21

Media in the Pockets of Companies It is Writing About and Sensationalism Instead of the Actual News About Linux

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, IBM, Red Hat at 5:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Or: IBM and the Media

Summary: I’ve made this quick video just to complain about some stuff in today’s news (or so-called ‘news’), in effect unnecessarily sensationalised drama, shameless marketing, and paid-for puff pieces made to look like reporting

THE media strategy of IBM isn’t ethical. They try to police which words people can and cannot use because their founder had a keen sense of Public Relations. Only last year and about a decade ago IBM was attempting to manipulate my writings, so I confronted them over the telephone and over E-mail. IBM is, in that regard, reminiscent of Microsoft.

“This has barely changed; the Public Relations has changed, just like the Public Relations strategy of Microsoft (lies such as “Microsoft loves Linux” and IBM’s “embRACE”).”The video above and our extensive set of articles about IBM (we wrote about IBM about 100 times last year) isn’t rude. What’s rude is what IBM kept doing for as long as a century in order to make money. This has barely changed; the Public Relations has changed, just like the Public Relations strategy of Microsoft (lies such as “Microsoft loves Linux” and IBM’s “embRACE”).

IBM is not BLM

FOSDEM and Free Speech: Will It Blend?

Posted in Europe, Free/Libre Software, GNOME, GNU/Linux, Google, IBM, Red Hat at 8:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Some more censorship in FOSDEM “legal” (supremacy of corporate voices over community voices)

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Summary: IBM — like Google and Microsoft — spreads its money to institutions which in turn suppress critics of monopolies, even in the Free software community (which seeks to combat such monopolies and liberate users)

THE legal track at FOSDEM, a European event (well, at least on paper), has long been the subject of much controversy. Of course this controversy is never entertained by the “tech” media, which is hardly media anymore (producing puff pieces isn’t journalism but paid-for fluff). It ought to be called FOSDEM US or something along those lines. This year there’s some FSFE presence, for a change, but top sponsors of the FSFE are American corporations. That may become a problem for the “E” in FSFE. Expect some potential branching quite soon (due to growing dissatisfaction with the work done by FSFE).

“This year there’s some FSFE presence, for a change, but top sponsors of the FSFE are American corporations.”What happens when people who are closely involved in this whole “legal” angle aren’t just American but also work with (or for) American monopolies? Someone has shared with us the following screenshot which shows IBM defended from criticism amid allegations that GNOME is mostly developed by Red Hat or developed by no other company more than Red Hat (IBM). It’s a top contributor, it adds a lot of IBM dependencies (systemd is the most notorious among them), it has much clout in the questionable GNOME Foundation (whose former chiefs move to Microsoft, current chief refuses to fight software patents, and RMS bashing is all too common, even this year). The following seems a bit like censorship and there are potential conflicts (of interest):

Some censorship in FOSDEM legal

Click to view the whole thing or instead zoom in (the chat highlights reveal where it came from, of that we’re aware). That’s like their official channel of communication now that conferences cannot be done “in person”. Censorship arguably becomes even simpler that way.

What the image shows is SFC (US) stepping in to defend IBM (US) from scrutiny. As if they must censor criticism of a money source and suppress the critics themselves; now they have additional tools like a “Code of Conduct” (doing to volunteers and activists what corporations typically do to employees). The above is definitely on-topic a subject, as well as a growing issue amid ‘CentOSgate’ and IBM’s patent bullying (this never ended; not even the Red Hat takeover put an end to it). According to IAM, an IBM megaphone, IBM’s patent agenda may be slowing down somewhat [1, 2], but they still lobby for software patents and against patent quality (e.g. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) inter partes reviews (IPRs)). “Data analysis conducted by IAM indicates that IBM is now abandoning US patents due for renewal at the rate of more than 50% a year,” IAM has just said. But they still go chasing companies for ‘protection money’, just like Microsoft does.

It’s rather astounding that a European conference would be so thoroughly stacked by American companies (just like last week's IBM-stacked event in Europe) and European entities sponsored mostly by American companies. “Karen and Bradley are quite harmful,” an associate told us, alluding to two Americans who worked to oust RMS.

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