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04.15.14

Microsoft Gets Its Money’s Worth From Xamarin: PlayStation 4 Now Polluted by Microsoft

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Mono at 4:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: The Trojan horse of Microsoft, Xamarin, is pushing .NET into Microsoft’s console competitor

EARLIER this month we learned about Xamarin signing deals with Microsoft after receiving funds from the firm of ‘former’ Microsoft executives. Those two entities not only collaborate on code inside Mono but they also collaborate on many other things, including, based on Phoronix, infecting the PlayStation 4 like they tried to infect Android for years. “For those wanting to work on console games in C#, Mono’s PlayStation 4 support work appears to be progressing well,” Phoronix explains, citing Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza, who has more to say.

Never think that people who work for Microsoft will do anything other than promote Microsoft’s agenda. The firm Black Duck, created by a Microsoft manager (and now enjoying a special partnership with Microsoft), is still pretending to be a spokesperson for FOSS. How gross is that?

04.11.14

Miguel ‘Advocates’ GNU/Linux by Bashing it Again

Posted in FUD, Microsoft, Mono at 6:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Miguel de Icaza tweet

Summary: Days after signing yet another alliance/partnership with Microsoft Miguel de Icaza shows the world just how much he ‘loves’ Free software

THERE IS already some (foreseen) Microsoft propaganda over an OpenSSL flaw. And as someone in the above thread points out: “Funny since openssl was patched in Linux in less than an hour and it affects Microsoft too, which doesn’t have a patch yet… Where is everyone screaming at Microsoft? Propaganda, propaganda everywhere!”

As we’ll show later today, a lot of anti-FOSS propaganda of this kind has come out and it typically comes from people who are professionally tied to Microsoft, such as Miguel de Icaza. Heck, even the firm that reported the bug is intrinsically tied to Microsoft.

Miguel de Icaza is promoting Microsoft again this week. He does not even hide it. He writes: “We are very excited about the release of [Microsoft] Roslyn, it is an amazing piece of technology and one of the most sophisticated compiler designs available. A great place to learn great C# idioms and best practices [5], and a great foundation for great tooling for C# and VB.”

Next time you hear of Miguel de Icaza remember that he is working with Microsoft, based on some of the latest news. Xamarin should be treated as nothing more than a department of Microsoft.

04.09.14

Miguel de Icaza and Xamarin Become More Tightly Integrated With Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft, Mono at 4:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Mole

Summary: Microsoft creates an alliance with the controversial firm of FOSS mole Miguel de Icaza while trying to openwash .NET (creating the illusion that it is “open”)

WE RECENTLY showed how the Microsoft press was openwashing .NET. It’s a PR charade. Watch this shameless new plug from Microsoft Mary at CBS/ZDNet/CNET (cross-posted in several CBS sites for increased exposure). It’s Microsoft evangelism disguised as journalism and there’s more of it at IDG. It should be remembered that .NET is proprietary. Nothing has really changed. Microsoft already controls a considerable chunk of Mono and now it’s trying to openwash .NET itself, presumably with help from Miguel de Icaza and other turncoats whom Microsoft Mary is naming. The goal is to confuse people and lead them to the misguided feeling that .NET is now “open” (to Windows) and is therefore on par with Java.

Last month there were reported of acquisition talks between Microsoft and Xamarin, which already receives funding from Microsoft people. Well, Microsoft has no need to buy them if they can be used as outsiders/proxies, a bit like Yahoo or Novell. So this news report [1] titled “Microsoft, Xamarin Form Open Source Tech Alliance” is not too shocking. It just helps show another step in alignment of those two companies. In practical terms, Xamarin is now serving Microsoft but it is not officially part of Microsoft.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Microsoft, Xamarin Form Open Source Tech Alliance; Miguel de Icaza Comments

    Microsoft and Xamarin have partnered to establish a technology consortium that aims to help developers build computing applications based on Microsoft’s .NET programming framework.

03.18.14

Microsoft Rumoured to be Taking 100% Control of Mono

Posted in Microsoft, Mono at 12:41 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Xamarin, the company which interjects Microsoft into Linux/Android, may soon be acquired by Microsoft, suggest unnamed sources which spoke to CRN

ACCORDING TO some scoops and Microsoft PR at ZDNet or other Microsoft boosters, Miguel de Icaza‘s life-long dream of working for Microsoft — not just indirectly but also directly — is about to come true if rumours are true and the negotiations bear fruit. This is an opportunity for Microsoft to dump another load of cash on Mr. de Icaza, who has served Microsoft for many years, even by disrupting the FOSS community in all kinds of ways. Readers tell us that Mr. de Icaza gloated about becoming rich in this way.

According to the news/rumours, Xamarin, which is pushing .NET into Android and Linux (we covered this dozens of times before), found interest from Microsoft, which is of course busy right now trying to bastardise Android (not just through Nokia) [1-3] or ‘pull an OS/2 on it’ [4-8]. “Microsoft could be planning to acquire or put some money in a company that makes tools for creating mobile apps in C#,” said one site. It’s citing CRN, which cites “unnamed sources”. As we explained before, there is already plenty of Microsoft ‘DNA’ inside Xamarin and venture capitalists behind Xamarin are closely connected to Microsoft (many are former Microsoft managers). Mono already has some Microsoft code in it, as well as Microsoft licences.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Is Android the future of Microsoft?
  2. Five reasons Microsoft could become a top Android smartphone company
  3. MS challenges Google’s Android with ‘free’ Windows Phone OS
  4. Would you buy a phone that dual-boots Android and Windows?
  5. Huawei: We’ll sell a dual-boot Android, Windows 8 smartphone because, well, isn’t it obvious?
  6. Microsoft and Google ruin Intel’s plan for dual-OS tablets

    Asus’ dual-boot Transformer Book Duet reportedly canceled

  7. Google and Microsoft are out to stop dual-boot Windows/Android devices

    We’ve seen numerous companies announce devices that boot Android and some flavor of Windows, but very few of them ever hit the market. Just yesterday, Huawei announced that it was switching its Windows Phones to dual-OS Windows Phone/Android devices, which would launch in the second quarter of this year. Samsung announced the Ativ Q dual-boot convertible nine months ago, and we never heard about it again. One of the few companies actually shipping dual-boot hardware is Asus, which offers a convertible tablet/laptop and a few all-in-one PCs.

  8. Mutant dual-boot Android and Windows Phone coming to US this spring

02.20.14

No Need for Microsoft Inside GNU/Linux, Demand for Microsoft/Windows is Diminishing

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono at 11:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Eradicating the Microsoft APIs (e.g. Mono, MonoGame, Unity 3D) now that the world of computing — including gaming — is moving to standards (like OpenGL), Free software (in some cases, for some parts), and GNU/Linux

THERE ARE plenty of jobs in FOSS because Windows and by extension Microsoft are becoming irrelevant to many. Well, even a former Microsoft employee who founded a gaming company is now using GNU/Linux as the de facto (default) platform, which is based on Debian (Steam OS). In its own bizarre way, Valve now makes some source code of Steam visible (not copyleft), too. The world is quickly changing.

What we found baffling is that the other day something called MonoGame, calling itself “an open source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4.x Framework,” made a headline [1] (Unity 3D hardly makes headlines anymore). Why would anyone still pursue Microsoft APIs when developing for different platforms? Mono is a dying project with Microsoft connections, so anything which incorporates Mono tends to be either from Microsoft, a Microsoft partner, or something along those lines.

As new reports help show [2-4], the world of management and development is moving towards GNU/Linux and away from Windows and Microsoft lock-in. We don’t need to prop Microsoft up by increasing dependence on it. It’s not just a patent risk but also loss of control or autonomy.

While some people suggest installing Windows alongside Steam OS [5], it seems evident that Steam OS is quickly improving [6] and attracting/foostering more GNU/Linux interest from game developers [7] (the portfolio of games for GNU/Linux is quickly broadening [8]). Some rivals are becoming Free software [9,10] (announcements this week), signalling a wonderful trend.

The world is changing. We don’t need to include Microsoft in it.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Ethan Lee Othwerwise Known As Flibitijibibo Proposes A Full Fork Of MonoGame
  2. Linux Jobs Report: Linux Pros Work For the Love of Linux, Cutting-Edge Tech

    Linux professionals are well paid and highly sought after by job recruiters, but that’s not why they chose their careers. They are motivated by their love of Linux and working with the latest, cutting edge technology, according to the annual Dice.com and Linux Foundation Linux Jobs Report released today.

  3. Linux job market heats up

    Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals, and The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the growth of Linux and collaborative development, has just released the 2014 Linux Jobs Report (PDF Link). The two found that “The explosive demand for Linux talent is intensifying.”

  4. As Tech Jobs Increase, Linux Skills Top Priority List for Hiring Managers

    US News & World Report recently published its annual ranking of the world’s “100 Best Jobs,” which orders the best occupations by demand, salary and employment rate, among other factors. For the very first time, Software Developer ranked #1 on the list, and systems administrator positions, from computer systems analyst to database administrator and more, ranked among the top 20.

  5. Why you should dual-boot SteamOS and Windows 7
  6. Steam OS, client update brings audio improvements

    Valve has pushed yet another update to its stable version which brings many audio related improvements. Some of the GNU/Linux client and Steam OS related improvements include addition of “an auto-detect step for audio outputs when booting SteamOS for the first time. You can change the selected output device using the Audio option under settings,” according to changelog.

  7. CD Projekt RED Considering The Witcher 3 For Linux If SteamOS Takes Off
  8. Valve introduces ‘Steam Tags’ for easier sorting and discovery
  9. Godot Game Engine Is Now Open Source

    Good news developers, Godot Engine is now open source for you to tinker with. Could this be a real alternative to Unity for developers who want to develop games directly on Linux?

  10. Nothing to Hide goes Open Source

    Nothing to Hide is a queer game that is being developed by an indie developer called Nicky Liow following an even more queer approach to distribution. He intends to keep the game as open to public as possible, as such the game, even though it is still in its initial state of development, has all of its assets like the art, sound and even the code open to the public, accessible and ready to be modified as they see fit, no strings attached.

11.14.13

Microsoft Has Taken Over Mono Development, With Miguel de Icaza’s Consent

Posted in Microsoft, Mono at 4:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft’s mole in the GNU/Linux world

Mole

Summary: Xamarin climbs up to Ballmer’s bed again, showing everyone that Mono is everything to do with Microsoft, not FOSS

OVER THE years the Mono project got closer and closer to Microsoft, up to the point where Mono code was from Microsoft itself, bearing Microsoft software licences. The funding behind Mono was tied to Microsoft, too. That’s just the tip of the iceberg and there is a lot more in our Wiki pages about Xamarin and the Microsoft MVP Miguel de Icaza. Based on articles from all the usual suspects (those who regularly give Mono some coverage), .NET lock-in is “cross-platform” (Paul Krill says so) and also, “Xamarin, the company driving the development of the Mono open-source .NET framework that is generally loved or hated by Phoronix readers, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft.”

Microsoft’s booster Peter Bright is already doing some public relations for his beloved Microsoft and other Microsoft circles seem to care about this more than GNU/Linux-oriented sites.

“De Icaza endorsed Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document standard…”
      –Wikipedia
Mono is a Microsoft pet project. It is worth noting that Gnote, which replaces a Mono project that infected GNOME-based distributions, is almost superseding it now [1], so Mono seems to be on its way out of the GNU/Linux world.

According to Wikipedia, “De Icaza endorsed Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document standard,[11][12][13] disagreeing with a lot of the widespread criticism in the open source and free software community.

“He has also been a longtime advocate of using Mono – a free software implementation of Microsoft’s .NET Framework – in GNOME.[14] This has raised much disagreement due to the patents that Microsoft holds on, and related to, the .NET Framework.

“For advocating Microsoft technologies, de Icaza was criticized by Richard Stallman on the Software Freedom Day 2009 as “Traitor to the Free Software Community”.”

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Gnote 3.11.0 Introduces Several New Features

    The GNOME developers announced a few days ago the immediate availability for download and testing of the first development release towards the Gnote 3.12 application.

07.16.13

Latest Debian GNU/Linux Installs Gnote When Mono is Removed

Posted in Debian, GNU/Linux, Mono at 4:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Debian

Summary: Interesting decision from Debian developers/packagers, who help those that reject and eject Mono

It has been a while since we last wrote about Mono, the Microsoft tyrant inside GNU/Linux. Tomboy continues to be a leading Mono promotion tool even though a superior substitute (faster and smaller) written in C++ exists and is freely available without the Microsoft patent risk.

One contributor of ours said: “when I uninstalled ‘mono-runtime’ it removed a bunch of mono stuff. Then it continued on to install gnote, something I had not requested.

“I’m wondering what went wrong with the Debian team that they allowed Mono in there at all.”

“Debian should be made clean again,” he added. “It used to be the distro that was most about Freedom. I guess that crown has now moved to Trisquel and Gnewsense instead.

“Below is a capture from the terminal of a freshly installed Debian 7.1 (Wheezy) system. I used the debian-7.0.0-i386-netinst.iso image from their web site. I’ll keep a snapshot of that VM around for a day so if more is needed.”

Here is the terminal output:


root@debian ~# lsb_release -rd
Description:	Debian GNU/Linux 7.1 (wheezy)
Release:	7.1
root@debian:~# dpkg -l mono*
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
|
Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version      Architecture Description
+++-==============-============-============-=================================
un  mono-1.0-runti                     (no description available)
un  mono-2.0-runti                     (no description available)
ii  mono-4.0-gac   2.10.8.1-8   all          Mono GAC tool (for CLI 4.0)
un  mono-common                        (no description available)
ii  mono-gac       2.10.8.1-8   all          Mono GAC tool
un  mono-jit                           (no description available)
ii  mono-runtime   2.10.8.1-8   i386         Mono runtime
un  monodoc-gtk2.0                     (no description available)
root@debian:~# dpkg -l gnote
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
|
Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version      Architecture Description
+++-==============-============-============-=================================
un  gnote                              (no description available)
root@debian:~# apt-get -y remove mono-runtime
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
  gnote libpcrecpp0
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  gnome libdbus-glib1.0-cil libdbus1.0-cil libgconf2.0-cil libglib2.0-cil
  libgmime2.6-cil libgtk2.0-cil libmono-addins-gui0.2-cil
  libmono-addins0.2-cil libmono-cairo4.0-cil libmono-corlib4.0-cil
  libmono-i18n-west4.0-cil libmono-i18n4.0-cil libmono-posix4.0-cil
  libmono-security4.0-cil libmono-sharpzip4.84-cil
  libmono-system-configuration4.0-cil libmono-system-core4.0-cil
  libmono-system-drawing4.0-cil libmono-system-security4.0-cil
  libmono-system-xml4.0-cil libmono-system4.0-cil mono-4.0-gac mono-gac
  mono-runtime tomboy
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  gnote libpcrecpp0
0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 26 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 3,421 kB of archives.
After this operation, 20.8 MB disk space will be freed.
Get:1 http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main libpcrecpp0 i386
1:8.30-5 [126 kB]
Get:2 http://ftp.uk.debian.org/debian/ wheezy/main gnote i386 0.8.3-1
[3,295 kB]
Fetched 3,421 kB in 6s (561 kB/s)

(Reading database ... 143081 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing gnome ...
Removing tomboy ...
Removing libdbus-glib1.0-cil ...
Removing libdbus-glib1.0-cil from Mono
Removing libdbus1.0-cil ...
Removing libdbus1.0-cil from Mono
Removing libgconf2.0-cil ...
Removing libgconf2.0-cil from Mono
Removing libmono-addins-gui0.2-cil ...
Removing libmono-addins-gui0.2-cil from Mono
Removing libgtk2.0-cil ...
Removing libgtk2.0-cil from Mono
Removing libgmime2.6-cil ...
Removing libgmime2.6-cil from Mono
Removing libglib2.0-cil ...
Removing libglib2.0-cil from Mono
Removing libmono-addins0.2-cil ...
Removing libmono-addins0.2-cil from Mono
Removing libmono-cairo4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-system-drawing4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-system-core4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-sharpzip4.84-cil ...
Removing libmono-posix4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-i18n-west4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-i18n4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-system4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-system-configuration4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-system-security4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-system-xml4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-security4.0-cil ...
Removing libmono-corlib4.0-cil ...
Removing mono-runtime ...
Removing mono-gac ...
* Removing packages from mono
Removing mono-4.0-gac ...
Processing triggers for gconf2 ...
Processing triggers for shared-mime-info ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for menu ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Selecting previously unselected package libpcrecpp0:i386.
(Reading database ... 141636 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking libpcrecpp0:i386 (from .../libpcrecpp0_1%3a8.30-5_i386.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package gnote.
Unpacking gnote (from .../gnote_0.8.3-1_i386.deb) ...
Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:i386 ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme ...
Setting up libpcrecpp0:i386 (1:8.30-5) ...
Setting up gnote (0.8.3-1) ...


“They could have saved all that trouble, space and bandwidth by going with Gnote to begin with,” he added. “Even just looking at the volume of dependencies it is superior.”

This whole exploration started because as a Debian user myself I just noticed that Mono is included in the desktop by default. Nobody really needs it; this is only taking up a lot of valuable space and raises various types of risk.

05.30.13

Mono Can Now be Treated Like a Microsoft Project

Posted in Microsoft, Mono at 8:19 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Monkey

Summary: With Microsoft copyrights, patents, and licences in Mono, as well as a CEO who worked for Microsoft and financial backing from Microsoft veterans, it is naive to treat Mono as anything other than an extension of Microsoft

Both Mono and Miguel de Icaza hardly make the news anymore. Perhaps due talk family life, the latter mostly left the public scene and after his new company, Xamarin, received some funding from a Microsoft veterans’ VC, it is safe to assume that Microsoft interests/leadership will inherit more responsibilities over this project. It helps openwash .NET and pretend it is cross-platform. Moonlight did the same for Silverlight. As Richard Hillesley put it earlier this week, Microsoft is now more directly involved. To quote his column: “Microsoft gave a certain level of encouragement to Mono in the knowledge that the project helped to spread the word and bring developers into the Microsoft fold. It is also true that many individuals within Microsoft had a genuine interest in promoting the idea of ‘open source’, usually with strings attached, and Mono gave credibility to Microsoft’s claim that its technologies were multi-platform, accessible to free software developers and a ‘part of the open web’.

“…Mono gave credibility to Microsoft’s claim that its technologies were multi-platform, accessible to free software developers and a ‘part of the open web’.”
      –Richard Hillesley
“But Microsoft always held back on a full commitment to patent neutrality and the possibility was always open that some aspect of Mono might be patent encumbered. Some elements of Mono were covered by ECMA. Some were not. Even where de Icaza did manage to forge an agreement with Microsoft such as its ‘Covenant to End-Users of Moonlight’, the language was ambivalent and open to reinterpretation.

“As Tom ‘spot’ Callaway, Fedora’s engineering manager noted, the ‘covenant’ was “specifically worded to apply only to end-users, and makes the following noteworthy distinction: ‘an entity or individual cannot qualify both as an End User and a Distributor for use of the same copy of a Moonlight Implementation.’ It grants no patent rights to Distributors, aside from those already granted to Novell in the previous covenant. What it practically means is that once you distribute, you stop being considered an ‘End User’ by Microsoft, and are no longer protected by this ‘covenant’ (unless you’re Novell or Microsoft).” The covenant reserved the right for Microsoft to discontinue the agreement at any time, and didn’t allow the use of “GPLv3 or a similar licence”.

“Most computer users don’t care about the origins of the software they use, but this has never been the case with Linux users and developers. Richard Stallman expressed the opinion of many when he wrote: “I have always supported the development of free platforms for C#, just as I’ve supported the development of free platforms for any language that users use. I also wouldn’t argue that people should not use C# with a free platform for secondary applications… However, making GNOME depend on Mono is running a grave risk, and [is] a grave mistake.””

Recently, FOSS Force asked, “When It Comes To FOSS, Who Don’t You Trust?”

Well, at 38%, Microsoft is a clear leader (123 votes), outpacing Apple and Oracle by a considerable gap. Microsoft is quite unique with its attacks on FOSS and people still recognise this.

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