01.13.22

2022 Commences With Microsoft-Themed (and Microsoft-Connected) FUD Against GNU/Linux

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security, Servers at 8:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 0759e712fb7708a8b71cbe9b23ac887f
2022 Starts With Microsoft-Connected Linux FUD
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: A psychopathic Microsoft, aided by operatives inside the mainstream and so-called ‘tech’ media, keeps spreading old and invalid stigma about “Linux” and Free software; few people still bother responding to these fact-free FUD campaigns, which boil down to ‘perception management’ PR/propaganda

THE smear campaigns against Free software are making a big comeback. As Sam Varghese put it just before Christmas, “Log4j attacks remain low-key compared to infosec industry hype” and yesterday we wrote about Microsoft operatives adding baseless stereotypes to the mix, exaggerating the severity of Log4j bugs compared to boundless breaches affecting Microsoft’s products last year.

Well, “it does feel like these attempts at FUD have intensified recently,” Psydroid said in IRC an hour or so ago, and “not a day seems to go by without some new FUD thrown our way…”

Much work was done years ago to show the many, if not most, senior execs in companies are psychopaths (if not necessarily psychotic).   I have realised more recently that companies, themselves, are psychopathic.  We need the equivalent of Asimov's laws applied to companies.Psydroid and I share these concerns with countless others.

In the video above I present new examples (from the past couple of days alone), alluding along the way to Marcus Hutchins and under-reported NSA aspects (those are not outdated or “old news”) while showing that shameless marketing by the Microsoft-connected [1, 2] CrowdStrike accompanies this new wave of Go(Lang)/Linux FUD [1, 2] in Microsoft-friendly sites, which are also happy to frame Windows/VMware problems as “Linux”, probably for the second time in about a month. As if “ESXi servers” are the same as “Linux”… that’s like calling Photoshop “Windows”.

We should moreover note that lots of such FUD (as mentioned in the above video) could be found back when Microsoft was being clobbered by GNU/Linux on the server side and the rise of mobile (Android/iOS) was making Microsoft increasingly irrelevant on the client side too. We saw lots of FUD last year, including that same pattern of Go(lang) FUD, and it seems to be making a comeback as soon as this year starts. What’s behind it? Mostly a PR or perception manipulation campaign, as the facts don’t justify the alert/hype/panic. It’s all about manipulation of opinion, as Mark Kent noted some hours ago. Profits first, facts never.

Companies are all psychopathic.   We need something like Asimov's laws for companies introduced.   In the following order:  A company: 1) never allows harm to humanity; 2) never allows harm to a person; 3) obeys orders by humans;  4) protects its own existence.

11.20.21

They Rebrand GNU/Linux as ‘Azure’ to Make It Sound Like Microsoft is Suddenly Relevant in HPC

Posted in Deception, Europe, Microsoft, Servers at 9:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

And the corruptible media plays along with such lies! Misled by posers or complicit in a(nother) googlebombing campaign…

GNU/Linux is 'Microsoft' now... in supercomputers

Summary: Although we’ve omitted all those spammy links (not included in Daily Links, either), it is clear that Microsoft has a new googlebombing ploy, this time for “supercomputers” (Microsoft is extending and stretching “Azure” brand to more and more things that have nothing to do with Clown Computing just to fake ‘growth’ while laying off the staff)

09.16.21

Trusting Microsoft With Security is a Clown Show

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security, Servers at 5:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6998bd1e8c92ab9d3acfe358c787c62a

Summary: A quick and spontaneous video about this morning's post regarding a major new revelation that reaffirms a longstanding trend; Microsoft conflates national security (back doors) with security

THE subject isn’t new to us. We’ve been writing about this for well over a decade and when Ed Snowden released a stash of leaked documents our worst fears or concerns were largely confirmed. Not that the corporate media pays attention to these any longer (those are presumed “old news” even though nothing was done or said to suggest a policy change).

“The latest news will only further curtail that latter agenda, assuming corporate media will bother reporting it like it constantly badmouths “Linux”.”Microsoft is really struggling in the server space. Windows Server is being rapidly abandoned, so Microsoft is trying to swallow the GNU/Linux servers market (without success). The latest news will only further curtail that latter agenda, assuming corporate media will bother reporting it like it constantly badmouths “Linux”. Even when Microsoft is at fault

As Ryan has just put it (in IRC): “Microsoft plummeted down to nothing in the server market in the past year. Everyone took advantage of the downtime, I guess, to migrate to somehing else. It had probably been a long time coming, but when you’re in the thick of things, it can be hard to abandon something that’s plodding along and working just okay enough to get you by. The COVID mess probably did to Microsoft in a year what would have happened in five or six anyway.”

“They’ll try to avoid talking about that, which means that we should. Everyone is trying to get away and will the first chance that they get. It’s like women who were being controlled by their husband to the point that he puts their paychecks in his bank account to make sure they don’t have enough money to start over. Microsoft tries to keep its customers by playing dirty and implying they’ll be helpless if they leave.”

08.03.21

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

08.01.21

Microsoft Knows That When Shareholders Realise Azure Has Failed the Whole Boat Will Sink

Posted in Microsoft, Servers at 3:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ef4d5d7a27785805a35e89a5fb0bde9a

Summary: The paranoia at Microsoft is well justified; they’ve been lying to shareholders to inflate share prices and they don’t really deliver the goods, just false hopes and unfulfilled promises

THE VIDEO above has been planned for nearly a week, albeit it wasn’t scripted or anything, nor was the bird (wallpaper of the day). Following last night's piece by Mitchel Lewis, which was work in progress for a while, we can debate a number of points raised in his article. Internal discussions about it showed disagreement about the history of Microsoft, so we thought we’d make a followup video with some more thoughts, including further input from Microsoft watchers or longtime observers.

“Azure layoffs are being hidden from them and there’s financial fraud taking place. Not for the first time in Microsoft’s history…”The main point of contention is the claim that sometimes Microsoft is “first” at things. As noted a number of days ago, it’s almost never the case. Throughout the company’s entire history it was mostly ‘stealing’ other people’s work, undermining the original. then rewriting history (to make Microsoft seem like a pioneer). Many people still think that Windows was the first operating systems with windows in it, that Microsoft Office is the ‘original’ office suite (Microsoft did not even develop it; it just bought it piece-wise), and that Microsoft had a role in the rise of the Internet or the World Wide Web. The very opposite is true!

For quite some time now (a number of years) Mr. Lewis, who was inside Microsoft, has pointed out that Microsoft is in effect defrauding shareholders. He even filed evidence and lodged a formal complaint with the SEC. Azure layoffs are being hidden from them and there’s financial fraud taking place. Not for the first time in Microsoft’s history…

How about those scattered press reports about Azure-linked datacentres being shut down?

I recently wrote that Linux is a Lot More Dominant Than You Were Led to Believe (or “Almost 50% of Web Traffic is Linux at the Client Side, Even Higher on the Server Side”) along with a chart and meme:

GNU/Linux market share
We’re not as small as they want us to think

Kong Godzilla Doge: Apple, Microsoft, GNU/Linux
Combined market share continues to grow

As a Techrights associate pointed out at the time, “below some level of market share (85% or so) Microsoft will no longer be able to maintain monopoly rents. I expect that the threshold has been crossed and that’s why they started to “give” away the new versions. It’s probably also why so many budget items have been moved under the heading “Azure” so as to provide the illusion of growth somewhere. [...] nymshifting is a common tactic among many companies. Microsoft uses it a lot [...] since NT5 bombed in the reviews. Also, technically, they should not be able to trademark common dictionary words [reference to "Surface"]. But as far as the budgets go, Microsoft did a big reshuffle after it was noted in their SEC filings that their biggest line item was advertising. The reshuffle did not change anything except the names. The “research” is advertising, etc. By putting more and more under the “Azure” heading, Microsoft can fake growth, especially when combined with the efforts of its minion stenographers out in what’s left of the trade press.” (Example puff piece from The New York Times, parroting what Microsoft claims; or “cooking the books” as the associate put it)

Regarding Vista 11, said this associate: “I’m suspecting that Vista 11 has no other purpose than to push TPM hardware and eliminate all Free, general-purpose motherboards. Once the TPM modules are ubiquitous they can start the software side…”

“How about those scattered press reports about Azure-linked datacentres being shut down?”Taking note of a site called “The No More Ransom Project”, the associate dubbed it “snakeoil”, noting that it was distracting from the fact ransomware was mostly a Microsoft/Windows issue, as Mr. Lewis pointed out several times since May. This site “shows only snakeoil and is missing Ubuntu, Devuan, FreeBSD, and the real deal,” the associate said.

That’s the desktop side for the most part, even though servers too get targeted. In the realm of servers Microsoft lost the battle a very long time ago (see “Is Azure Stagnating?” in case they’ve fooled some people into thinking they’re a big server host; they’re not! Remember there are Azure layoffs. Microsoft was super-paranoid about any of us mentioning these layoffs because that harms morale and HR! They even came to our IRC channels to discourage us talking about that!).

In another, albeit related and separate post, we’ll examine the claim that Microsoft was ever first to do something or actually innovate (as the buzzword goes). Stay tuned as we’ve not recorded or composed that yet. It oughtn’t take long.

07.31.21

[Meme] When it Comes to Server Share, Microsoft Azure is Minuscule (But Faking It)

Posted in Deception, Finance, Microsoft, Servers at 8:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

AWS and Microsoft Azure

Summary: Don’t believe the lies told by Microsoft's charlatans and frauds; Azure has been a total failure and that’s why there are layoffs as well

07.26.21

Microsoft Windows Has Lost Another 2 Million Web Sites This Past Month Alone (IIS Floundering)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Servers, Windows at 12:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum abae31beaaf4edf1877fa381600ebe98

Summary: The rapid decline of Microsoft, Windows and IIS in servers is undeniable; it’s just a damn shame that corporate and so-called ‘tech’ media never writes about this subject

EARLIER today the “July 2021 Web Server Survey” was released, stating that “[t]“he number of websites powered by Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Services) fell by 1.92 million to 51.6 million this month. These sites are spread across 13.5 million unique domains and use several different versions of IIS.”

It then goes into a long ramble about IIS versions and Azure, which is failing (there are even layoffs). Microsoft is nowadays trying to become a Web host, seeing that as a provider of web-hosting software it is failing very fast. That’s also why Microsoft bought a bunch of companies such as GitHub, hoping to somehow leverage control/power over developers (they moved away from there as well).

“Right now the strategy of Microsoft is a hostile takeover of alternatives to Microsoft.”In the video above I show that Microsoft was delisted from almost all the tables due to its irrelevance (miniscule market share).

It’s likely that Microsoft’s “Plan B” or contigency would be to hijack the competitors. It is a classic Microsoft move and it is the reason Microsoft ambushed GitHub for a takeover since 2014. It’s a very malicious cult that presents itself as a company. Jeremy Stretch has just published this article entitled “Corporate Participation in the Open Source Community” and he seems to be unaware of the risks of Corporate Takeover. This article mentions GitHub as if it is something desirable, but it is a hostile abduction of projects to undermine the freedom of software and to interfere with communities (giving Microsoft control over them). This obsession with business at the expense of communities (like Microsoft’s meddling in NGINX and other projects, even Apache) is something that needs both explaining and understanding. Right now the strategy of Microsoft is a hostile takeover of alternatives to Microsoft. We can’t let them do it. Just go away and leave us all alone. You’ve done more than enough damage.

06.29.21

Microsoft Has Become Almost Extinct in Web Servers (and in Servers in General), But the Mainstream Media Rarely — If Ever — Talks About That

Posted in Deception, Microsoft, Servers, Windows at 6:45 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: Mainstream/mass/corporate media does not talk about it, but Microsoft is losing one of the most lucrative (and potentially profitable) markets while defrauding its shareholders

TEN years ago it still seemed like Microsoft mattered in Web servers because of an alleged back room deal with GoDaddy (among more registrars/hosts). Over the past year or so a number or major catastrophes drove away a lot of what Microsoft had left in the Web servers space and judging by some other data points, which are publicly available, GNU/Linux completely dominates this market now (UNIX also maintains some presence).

“Why does the media not cover this?”This new report from Netcraft, published around midday on a Tuesday, reveals yet more major losses for Microsoft (and gains for Free software) — part of an ongoing trend that the so-called ‘tech’ press doesn’t mention at all (we’re failing to see any media coverage about that). To quote Netcraft:

Apache suffered the largest loss in domains and active-sites this month, dropping by 597,000 and 886,000 respectively; and was followed by Microsoft with a loss of 203,000 domains and 115,000 active sites. Meanwhile in the web-facing computers and top million busiest sites metrics, Microsoft instead had the largest losses of 21,600 computers and 3,700 of the million busiest sites, followed by Apache with a loss of 15,400 computers and 2,500 of the million busiest sites. Despite its losses in these metrics, Apache continues to power the largest number of active sites with a share of 24.8%, and top-million sites with a share of 25.2%.

Why does the media not cover this? Or, contrariwise, why does the media write about such stuff only when a partner or advertiser (such as Microsoft) pays it to? While we keep seeing all sorts of puff pieces about “clown” and vapourware (e.g. Vista 11), we don’t see facts that actually matter in the so-called ‘tech’ media. And later the publishers wonder why they perish. In fact, they say that the media is dying, but we’d argue that the CREDIBILITY of the media is dying. Hence that media dies. In Tux Machines and Techrights we still average over 10 hits per second. Because people generally trust those sites (which became targets for corporate-led trolling, for obvious reasons).

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