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08.27.20

Reminder: Bill Gates Has Long Hated Linux and Schemed to Use C# to Undermine GNU/Linux (Same Tactics Prevail to This Day)

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono at 10:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Hours ago: It’s 2020 and Some GNU/Linux Sites Still Celebrate Mono, Even When Microsoft Owns and Controls It Directly

Bill Gates Puppet: The strength of this platform [C#] and the innovation around it is the key element in preventing commodization by Linux, our installed base and Network Appliance vendors. -Bill Gates, Microsoft
Quote's source (he also can’t spell “commoditization”)

Summary: It’s important to remember that Microsoft’s isn’t “in it” for the community; Microsoft is always looking to devour communities, having them devoured by the corporation and the cult of Bill Gates (GitHub is a recent example)

IT seems increasingly important to remind readers why C# must be rejected, along with .NET and pretty much every Microsoft fake ‘standard’ (vendor lock-in), including OOXML, NTFS, *FAT, and DirectX.

“C# is about monopolisation.”The few who are foolish enough to actually believe that “Microsoft loves Linux” (even while Microsoft still blackmails Linux using patents) need a frequent ‘shake-up’. We’ve included and even ‘meme-ified’ the above quote from Gates himself. This isn’t a technical person but a ruthless businessman like Edison. He doesn’t value good engineering but monopoly and money. C# is about monopolisation. The same is true for GitHub.

Incidentally, one reader wrote to us regarding the latest Microsoft attack (from the inside) on Linux independence. To quote:

Dear Roy,
I have recently come across a very concerning article; I'm
writing you this email to notify you about it.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/08/25/linux_kernel_email/

This is a blatant push by Microsoft shackle Linux kernel
development to its GitHub platform.
I believe an article from you about how email is the
"freeest" and most flexible platform for submitting Git
patches for any open source project would do the Linux
community much good.

So it’s rather clear that a lot of people out there see it the same way we do. We wrote almost half a dozen articles about this topic alone (just yesterday alone). Microsoft knows no other way than monopoly and destruction of competition. Co-existence is always a false promise.

“I once preached peaceful coexistence with Windows. You may laugh at my expense — I deserve it.”

Be’s CEO Jean-Louis Gassée

It’s 2020 and Some GNU/Linux Sites Still Celebrate Mono, Even When Microsoft Owns and Controls It Directly

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Mono, Patents at 9:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

As if we don’t know that Microsoft hates Linux and still attacks Linux (usually less directly)

For Frodo: Richard Stallman says 'The patent danger to Mono comes from patents we know Microsoft has, on libraries which are outside the C# spec and thus not covered by any promise not to sue.  In effect, Microsoft has designed in boobytraps for us.'

Mono news

Summary: In spite of Microsoft still blackmailing companies using patents, and even though Microsoft now owns and controls Mono directly, some GNU/Linux-oriented sites still push that agenda and cheer for companies that spread it (including Unity)

“The patent danger to Mono comes from patents we know Microsoft has, on libraries which are outside the C# spec and thus not covered by any promise not to sue. In effect, Microsoft has designed in boobytraps for us.

“Indeed, every large program implements lots of ideas that are patented. Indeed, there’s no way to avoid this danger. But that’s no reason to put our head inside Microsoft’s jaws.”

Richard Stallman

07.12.20

They Always Worked for Microsoft (Directly and Indirectly) and Were Financially Rewarded for That

Posted in Microsoft, Mono at 2:08 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Microsoft and de Icaza

Summary: Nat and Miguel, now put in charge of new weapons against software freedom (e.g. GitHub and NPM), have long worked for Microsoft (Nat was also an intern there); Techrights was right all along about this pair

06.25.20

[Humour] Nat and Miguel Come to Daddy

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 4:27 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Context: The Story About Microsoft’s Plan for GitHub Says a Lot About the Motivations and the Lies Told to Us for Over Half a Decade

We tried Ximian, we tried Novell, we tried Xamarin, but they just won't swallow Mono. Alright then. I'll lie for 4 years about 'loving' Linux and then buy GitHub to hijack everything.

Summary: After many attempts to subvert GNU/Linux from the inside Nat and Miguel came to work directly for Microsoft; Nat now manages GitHub and Miguel is still publicly bashing Java and GNU/Linux

05.21.20

They Tell Us Microsoft is Different Now…

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono at 5:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

But we remember what they did and said…

“At Microsoft I learned the truth about ActiveX and COM and I got very interested in it inmediately [sic].”

Miguel de Icaza, now working directly for Microsoft, with his longtime sidekick as head of GitHub

Older articles:

ZDNet's portrayal of Microsoft; ZDNet's portrayal of Microsoft

Summary: We kindly remind readers that Microsoft’s plans with “WSL*” (whatever the version or number) aren’t an embrace of GNU/Linux but a clear and direct attack on it

05.20.20

Linux is Not Windows

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Marketing, Microsoft, Mono, Windows at 4:07 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Teletubby: Linux is Not Windows

Summary: Microsoft is hijacking the names and brands of its direct competition; this is not an accident or a mere coincidence, it is part of a well-planned and longstanding tradition of battling by false association

WE are doing the best we can to stay focused and deal with the important topics. Microsoft is meanwhile googlebombing the news; those who follow “Linux” news will know what we talk about. We’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to deal with it is not to even mention it, even negatively, as any attention would serve Microsoft’s agenda by mentioning brands like “Edge” or “Azure” or “Vista 10″.

Our series about Windows in hospitals is quite popular; some readers can relate and have come across similar incidents. Truth be told, hospitals would be vastly better off with BSDs and robust GNU/Linux distributions at the back end as well as the front end. The ‘choice’ of Windows is largely political (or led by moles) and Microsoft is currently trying to blur the gap, making it hard to distinguish between GNU/Linux and some malware with keylogging. They want GNU/Linux to also push proprietary non-standards like DirectX. That really says a lot about Microsoft’s true agenda. It has nothing to do with loving “Linux”; it’s about love of Azure, SQL Server, Office and DirectX. We can see that the Linux Foundation now lends a hand to the openwashing of Office as well. It’s grotesque, but so was the Foundation this past few years. It’s actively working to undermine GNU/Linux, based on its very actions.

“It’s part of the Microsoft-mastered decades-long tradition of diluting if not ‘stealing’ the competition’s brands.”Rest assured, we want to stay focused and not fall for the trap; our Daily Links will be 100% sanitised of all that Microsoft spam. Our series about Windows in hospitals will resume shortly.

Honest GNU/Linux news sites ought not cooperate with this googlebombing campaign of Microsoft, trying to own not only its own brand but others’ brands. Vis-a-vis branding, watch what Microsoft has just done [1,2]. It’s part of the Microsoft-mastered decades-long tradition of diluting if not ‘stealing’ the competition’s brands.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Official Statement Regarding Xamarin.Forms rebranding as MAUI



    Today May 19, 2020, we were notified by a couple of users at the KDE Maui Project Telegram channel about a name change of a Microsoft product, the UI framework previously known as ‘Xamarin.Forms’ was rebranded as MAUI (Multi-platform App UI ). This name change is unfortunate as there is an existing project called Maui; evidently, we are referring to the Maui Project (https://mauikit.org/). The word “Maui” often capitalized as MAUI in the Maui Project is also an acronym, and it means Multi-Adaptable User Interfaces taking this as consideration; there’s a reasonable cause of confusion between these two frameworks.

    As it is the case, both are UI frameworks to create cross-platform applications, which does not help the situation. We created the Maui Project in 2018, announcing it for the first time on June 10 of the same year, as per our calculations, that is two years before Microsoft introduced this change into their product. The Maui Project’s code was initially at GitHub, and it has code commits dating back to April 29, 2018. Currently, the code of MauiKit and the Maui applications lives on KDE Invent.

    Even going back as far as checking the registration of the original domain https://maui-project.org which dates back to 2018-05-06 and the current domain (which is under KDE infrastructure) https://mauikit.org which dates back to 2018-09-21, it’s relatively easy to observe that the Maui Project predates this rebranding by Microsoft.

  2. Microsoft And A KDE Project Spar Over “MAUI”

12.16.19

When You Cannot Convert GNU/Linux Into Windows (Mono, DLL Files Etc.) You May Try to Make It Subservient to Windows (Vista 10 and WSL)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono, Ubuntu, Vista 10, Windows at 4:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Scoble on Mono

Summary: Microsoft needs people outside Microsoft to promote WSL; some of them have already entered GNU/Linux companies

THIS may not be very publicly visible (except to those who read our IRC logs, which are public), but we’ve been researching what drives WSL development and who takes the lead.

“There’s absolutely no practical reason to use WSL; it’s a lot easier and technically far better to get something like VirtualBox, which is also Free software, then install under it one’s distribution of choice.”Isn’t it curious that lawyers rather than geeks are in charge? Earlier this month we took note of their support for USPTO-granted software patents (despite 35 U.S.C. § 101) that Microsoft still uses against GNU/Linux, even this year.

We are still drilling and digging. Many parallels can be found between the people who promoted Mono inside GNU/Linux and are now Microsoft employees (they weren’t at the time).

There’s absolutely no practical reason to use WSL; it’s a lot easier and technically far better to get something like VirtualBox, which is also Free software, then install under it one’s distribution of choice. But WSL is a lot easier for Microsoft to spy on, remotely break/brick and add Windows-only “extensions” to (the second “E” in EEE). It doesn’t take a genius to foresee what Microsoft will seek to accomplish with WSL and one only needs to assess the background of those who promote it. They’re not GNU/Linux people but Microsoft/Windows people. They view GNU/Linux as something to merely be exploited.

“…Kirkland left after 10 years; hard to imagine he was proud to have turned Ubuntu into an ‘app’ for spyware disguised as an operating system with obligatory ads.”Months ago Will Cooke stepped down As Canonical’s Ubuntu Desktop Director (Rick Spencer, head of Ubuntu’s desktop a decade ago, had come from Microsoft) and Canonical also lost the person who initially announced WSL (on behalf of Canonical), Dustin Kirkland. He now works for Apex Clearing, having left his position at Canonical (Product Manager or VP Product).

“After 7+ years at IBM,” he once explained, “I joined Canonical in (February 2008)…”

So Mr. Kirkland left after 10 years; hard to imagine he was proud to have turned Ubuntu into an ‘app’ for spyware disguised as an operating system with obligatory ads.

All in all, there are many warning signs ‘in the air’ and while our investigation continues we’ll refrain from saying anything we cannot verify (at least not yet). Remember this: WSL is not good for GNU/Linux. WSL is good for Microsoft. WSL is promoted not by GNU/Linux people but by Microsoft proponents. Just like Mono was…

“I saw that internally inside Microsoft many times when I was told to stay away from supporting Mono in public. They reserve the right to sue”

Robert Scoble, former Microsoft evangelist

10.30.19

Microsoft Employees ‘Inside’ Debian

Posted in Debian, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Mono at 2:06 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“I saw that internally inside Microsoft many times when I was told to stay away from supporting Mono in public. They reserve the right to sue”

Robert Scoble, former Microsoft evangelist

Summary: Microsoft ‘Trojan horses’ inside the GNU/Linux community are still being syndicated, e.g. circulated among actual GNU/Linux developers

YOU need not be a ‘hardliner’ to believe Microsoft hates GNU/Linux. You needn’t even speculate; just examine the evidence. Look no further than this year's patent lawsuits. The only thing Microsoft “loves” about “Linux” is the “Linux patent tax”. Don’t ask OIN about it; OIN is in that very same club now and it's run by trolls. Over a decade ago we kept warning about .NET patent traps and those traps are still there. They are. They’re submarine patents.

“Over a decade ago we kept warning about .NET patent traps and those traps are still there. They are.”What the heck do Microsoft employees and Mono pushers do inside Planet Debian? Yesterday we saw this Microsoft visa story from Jo Shields, who said he needed to seek counseling (professional help) after we had criticised his actions (without even foreseeing him working directly for Microsoft). He’s one of several full-time Mono pushers and .NET boosters, who came to Microsoft through Xamarin (his boss now runs GitHub, proprietary software which is censoring FOSS for Microsoft and for Donald Trump).

Why is this a big deal? Well, Richard Stallman used to complain about Planet GNOME occasionally syndicating Microsoft operatives pushing Microsoft’s proprietary software. Back then, about a decade ago, GNOME leaders tried to use that (along with some out-of-context remarks) to overthrow Stallman or separate GNOME from GNU. We covered that nearly a dozen times back then.

“So Debian censors (permanently deletes) actual GNU/Linux developers and adds/amplifies Microsoft staff that attacks Linux?”But here’s where it gets worse. Debian (or Planet Debian) recently censored Mr. Pocock and now there are Microsoft employees in Planet Debian. So Debian censors (permanently deletes) actual GNU/Linux developers and adds/amplifies Microsoft staff that attacks Linux? Is this the ‘cancel culture’ we need? Rewarding Microsoft and punishing people such as Mr. Pocock as if the boundaries are pointing out conflicts of interest, whereas working for a company that’s suing and undermining GNU/Linux — including Debian — is somehow OK?

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