[Meme] IBM Is Not Helping the Cause or Barely Helping GNU/Linux and Software Freedom

Posted in IBM, Red Hat at 10:57 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Big Blue IBM, GNU/Linux Users, Whatever
IBM has had almost 3 years to prove that it cares about us…

Summary: Since taking over Red Hat, back in late 2018, IBM has practically done far too little for us; it repeatedly attacked the FSF, it basically killed off CentOS, and it is liaising with Microsoft in its attacks on copyleft

Many IBM Layoffs (in Marketing), But the Media Is Not Mentioning Those Layoffs At All

Posted in IBM, Marketing, Red Hat at 10:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 18739a1627d1b4bc21e69f0d6ed3e806

Summary: IBM has a grip on the media, so many people won’t know about the recent layoffs; as if without IBM formally declaring those layoffs — set aside the exodus — the media lacks the authority to mention that it is happening

THE PAST few days in these forums were rather telling. I’ve been watching these closely for about 4 months and spend dozens of hours assessing the situation, based on insider accounts (also some former IBMer with contacts inside the company).

“…we must conclude that the current trajectory is towards an obsolete IBM, which in turn spells trouble for Red Hat as well.”While the media issues a bunch of cloudwashing fluff such as this there’s no mention of this year’s layoffs or the ongoing exodus (Google News shows not even a single article). It is a suppressed subject that we wrote about before.

Having spent dozens of hours researching these RAs, based on one of the most active forums/boards in thelayoff.com (there are many insiders there — something that we’ve mentioned here in passing before) and lots of blogs/sites of Red Hat and IBM, we must conclude that the current trajectory is towards an obsolete IBM, which in turn spells trouble for Red Hat as well. I saw many of the very same patterns in S.u.S.E. under Novell, which was at one point headed by a former IBMer (Hovsepian), who sold out to Microsoft and then sold the company.

IBM Laptop Keyboard
Morale is low, the flagship products were sold (e.g. to Lenovo)


Imperialistic Blacklist Machines: Racist IBM and Red Hat — Just Like Donald Trump — Have Turned Fedora Into an Utterly Racist Project That Blacklists, Shuns and Permanently Bans People Based on Their Nationality Alone

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 5:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d1aa183b4adca3c55c50942e11d982fd

Summary: The ethnic-cleansing IBM has brought overt racism to Free software, showing that nothing has truly changed since its dark past with Nazi Germany (or the Nazi Party) as its second-largest client; all that changed — however slightly — is the dictator (or Fuhrer), the communications/PR strategy, and the subjects of scapegoating

THE Free software community needs to shun racism. I agree with IBM on that. As such, we might need to shun IBM. Because IBM isn’t just historically racist but also presently racist — just like Microsoft is racist for that matter (it’s very profitable at the state level). Ignore the projection tactics or the façade they pay for, e.g. by Linux Foundation PR campaigns (the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is itself spreading racism).

Those who fail to see how 'Big Tech' promotes racism may have been cheaply indoctrinated (brainwashed on the cheap with ‘slush funds’), mostly by manipulative deflection tactics. It helps distract from their own actions. It’s a very old playbook (not in the Ansible sense). You constantly accuse others, e.g. the Free software community, of what you yourself are deeply culpable of. What they refer to as “community” (they never speak about freedom, it’s not economic to them) is in fact a fake ‘community’; they’ve redefined community as “our staff” or people whose efforts (as unpaid volunteers) they ‘farm’ using malicious sites like GitHub, where they promote non-reciprocal licences, i.e. not copyleft. GitHub actively attacks copyleft.

“This is a dark day for the Fedora project, but those who run the project are mostly IBM employees, so don’t expect anybody from Fedora to condemn this.”Those who have been following Planet Fedora for years (as I have) will have noticed — or can certainly still notice — that, as a project, Fedora is almost as dead as CentOS and the months-old Fedora statement on RMS showed that Fedora is nowadays little but a mouthpiece of IBM. They’ve put much of Fedora on Github (not accessible to people from particular nations) and AWS, which works for the US Army and discriminates against many millions of people. When induction, deduction, and stigma/stereotypes intersect, the racism becomes institutional and in turn ‘normalised’. We can become insensitive to it. But it is still there, lurking behind the curtain of corporate PR and creative story-telling. They paint themselves with rainbows while constantly reinforcing exclusion, bigotry, and privilege.

IBM is not BLMIt’s sad to say this but IBM has brought overt racism to Free software, including Fedora. This is why hours ago we saw this blog post entitled Free Software NOT as in `free speech,` NOR as in `free beer` (resembling similar posts about GitHub) in “We Build Fedora”. The very people who actually built Fedora and volunteered for the project are being shunned for no reason other than nationality, which in this case is tightly connected to an ethnicity or race. This is a dark day for the Fedora project, but those who run the project are mostly IBM employees, so don’t expect anybody from Fedora to condemn this. IBM is known to be surgically removing dissenting voices (escorting people out by surprise), so it’s likely to not even get noticed. You’d get sacked by the fake ‘community’… while IBM is in a very layoff-y mood. Not that the media bothered mentioning it; maybe it expects journalism to just be repetition of a bunch of press releases from IBM rather than investigation of what many insiders say this week. Including last month’s E-mail catastrophe at IBM.

IBM recently published a dataset for facial recognition AI made up of images...
The present


IBM’s Attack on the Community and on GPL/FSF is an Attack on Red Hat’s Greatest Asset

Posted in Deception, FSF, GNU/Linux, GPL, IBM, Red Hat, Servers at 6:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM has no clue what it's doing (and it has lost someone who knew better, Mr. Allowhurst)

We've made centos users become IBM customers, but it didn't work because of Alma, Rocky, Debian etc.
IBM attacks what it cannot understand (or cannot control)

Summary: Ever since IBM bought Red Hat it has repeatedly attacked the FSF (in a malicious and personified fashion), looking for its own ‘copyright grab’ whilst outsourcing loads of code to proprietary software monopolisers who attack the GPL; by doing so, IBM is destroying the value of what it paid more than 30 billion dollars for (IBM is governed by pretentious fools, according to IBM insiders; they’ve already lost Red Hat’s longtime CEO and IBM’s new President), so it’s falling back on openwashing of IBM's proprietary software with help from the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation


Half the People in This Letter Are IBM Employees

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, IBM, Red Hat at 9:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Spot the pattern: Guix Petition Demographic Data, by Figosdev (IBM wants volunteers as “slaves” of IBM)


Summary: IBM seems to be continuing its war on the FSF because IBM wants to own everything (CentOS being ‘canned’ was just part of the plan)

Crying “Wolf!” About Systemd is Only Beneficial to IBM and Systemd Developers/Pushers

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Kernel, Microsoft, Red Hat at 4:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum dfb6c8618976a1acd9504672379b8cbf

Summary: Microsoft controls Systemd only to the extent that Systemd is controlled by GitHub, which is in turn controlled by Microsoft; But Systemd has long been on that proprietary platform (its developers don’t truly value software freedom) and this has long been a problem, even before Microsoft hijacked it for coercive power

THE position or stance we maintain/hold/have regarding IBM is negative enough already and it’s based on hard facts, not gut feelings and/or speculations; so suffice to say we’re Systemd sceptics. Even worse than sceptics since well before IBM bought Red Hat. For the same reasons we implored Red Hat’s software patents for over a decade (IBM lobbies for such patents) and expressed concerns/reservations regarding Red Hat’s monopolistic tendencies.

But having said that, there’s a danger that everything negative being said about Systemd will be accepted as true, irrespective of underlying facts. Falsehoods or false claims won’t help us. To make matters worse, they open up the possibility/ies of straw man arguments from people whom we criticise — in the same way Bill Gates likes to pretend that all his critics are just envious “conspiracy theorists”.

So anyway, cutting to the chase, judging by comments and articles in Phoronix (a site we support with growing caution), including this morning’s headline that starts with “Systemd/Microsoft” (it’s discussed in the video above), one might think that Systemd is some evil plot from Microsoft, but that’s clearly not the case. However, this is where discussions seem to go or eventually gravitate towards.

“I’m a lot more concerned about full-time Microsoft staff managing Linus Torvalds at the Linux Foundation and Microsoft’s Levin announcing all the stable kernel releases several weeks ago (when Greg K-H was on holiday/break… maybe ill).”I actually examined the claim more than a month ago (32 days ago) when I first saw it, but there was barely any smoke, let alone a fire. I’m a lot more concerned about full-time Microsoft staff managing Linus Torvalds at the Linux Foundation and Microsoft’s Levin announcing all the stable kernel releases several weeks ago (when Greg K-H was on holiday/break… maybe ill). Torvalds should never be bossed by people who are in turn bossed by sociopaths from Microsoft. We need to put things in perspective and check whether we risk moving adrift (and away from the legitimate and most pressing issues).

This isn’t limited to software by the way. To borrow one example, we’ve already witnessed EPO propaganda claiming that EPO critics (who condemn EPO management) are nationalists or Nazis or something totally insane. We even saw claims about “Russia” (as if Russia runs the world and is hiding behind every corner/under every rock).

Let’s not walk into unsupported territories.


The Largest Distros of GNU/Linux Fight for Microsoft Hegemony (Instead of Freedom)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Novell, Red Hat, Ubuntu at 11:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 691de53cdee744adb0447b3d0f8f83bc

Summary: GNU/Linux ought not be reduced to merely another brand; if the goal is software freedom, then we won’t get there by relying on bigger corporations that make alliances with Microsoft and strive to ‘monetise’ everything

The Free software community is in a tough spot at the moment. Even though GNU/Linux is used more than ever before, rarely does freedom follow this trend. There’s actually entrenchment of ‘Linux-powered’ (e.g. Android) surveillance and GNU/Linux-based (e.g. Facebook, Google disservices) espionage.

The video deals with this new (this morning’s) example of Red Hat pushing (promoting but with drug-dealing slant) Microsoft’s proprietary software (check the licence, as it’s legally and technically proprietary software). It’s malicious software, a potential keylogger, which is also monopolistic and a piece of spyware in the “telemetry” sense. The sad thing is, Red Hat under IBM’s leadership is becoming barely better than SUSE. Meanwhile, Canonical too bends and jumps all over itself to appease Microsoft.

We need to change the flag bearer of GNU/Linux to something else if we want to promote (or preserve) software freedom.


[Meme] IBM is NOT a Friend of Free Software

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, IBM, Red Hat at 5:53 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“IBM is proud of its patent portfolio, and the fact that they produce patents at a rate of 10 a day. With such an extensive arsenal of patents, backed by unlimited legal funds – what chances are left for the VC backed company? This is like the US going to war against Micronesia.” —Daniel Cohen

IBM in 2018 and 3 years later: Remove Torvalds! Remove RMS!
Torvalds was sidelined by IBM-connected media around the time IBM had put a bid on Red Hat

The commits in the anti-RMS letter
All the latest changes to the anti-RMS letter

Summary: People must not forget the role played by IBM in the attacks on the FSF (they still try to take away copyrights from the FSF; many of the 'GNU rebels' or coup leaders are IBM employees, both in 2019 and in 2021)

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