Bonum Certa Men Certa

Windows -- Just Like Microsoft -- Does Not Play Nice With GNU/Linux

Summary: A reminder of the sinister nature of Microsoft Corporation, the world's biggest technology bully

Windows and Microsoft are not the same thing. One is a product and one is a company. But the latter controls the former and both are attacking Linux in different ways*. For instance, Microsoft launches lawsuits against Linux, whereas Windows uses technical sabotage to marginalise GNU/Linux, as in the MBR case we recently covered yet again (Microsoft wipes out access to GNU/Linux or gives no access to it).

Check out the following new post titled "Dual-boot woes":

My laptop is dual-boot with Windows 7 and Linux. It's a fairly straightforward setup (with only a few twists to support Dell's "Instant ON" mode, which turned out to be useless because I don't use Exchange.) My drive has several partitions: a "Dell Utility" partition, Windows 7, a Dell "Instant ON" partition, and Linux. I rarely boot into Windows these days - but when I do, it's usually to attend a conference call that requires Silverlight. I never boot the "Dell Utility", or the "Instant ON".

I've tried the trick of telling BitLocker to accept the new system configuration. This doesn't fix my problem. I'm still prompted to type in the key to boot Windows.

I've also tried booting into Windows, suspending BitLocker, then re-enabling BitLocker. This also doesn't work. I can suspend/re-enable just fine, but it doesn't solve my problem.

Oddly, TPM keeps disabling itself, I don't know why. Is this part of normal TPM behavior when it detects a change in the configuration? Or is this a hardware fault on my laptop?

Frustrated, I did some research, and found lots of (albeit old) sources that discuss troubles in dual-boot with Windows/BitLocker and Linux. The description that makes the most sense to me is from this article on Building a dual boot system with Windows Vista BitLocker protection with TPM support, by Cyril ("Voy") Voisin. In it, Voy says:
[...] Therefore if you replace Windows Vista’s MBR by a MBR that is not TPM aware, it won’t hash the boot sector before executing it and a register in the TPM won’t be populated. Same with the boot sector. Therefore Bitlocker will simply refuse to be enabled.
Since I put GRUB on my MBR, I understand this to mean that a register within TPM isn't getting set correctly, which may explain why I always need to type in that key to boot Windows.

Interestingly, Homer's list of Microsoft's bad behaviour was brushed up a bit earlier this week. He posted the following summary about the "new Microsoft":

Oh yes, I forgot, Vole "reinvented" itself as Snow White, and is no longer the evil witch that did all those nasty things to DR-DOS and OS/2 Warp back in medieval times.

Well apart from those pesky Barnes and Noble people that they tried to extort money from under the cloak of NDA, using bogus patents of dubious provenance and undeclared prior art, of course.

And all those Taiwanese manufacturers they threatened if they would not ship Vole's "tile" phone instead of Android, and making "deals" with anyone else too small or weak to stand up to them.

And building spying technology into Skype, and admitting they would violate EU data protection laws by handing over Europeans' personal data to American spy agencies.

And launching a "Screw Google" campaign, complete with orchestrated FUD supplied by Burson-Marsteller.

And another FUD campaign against, where they grabbed a handful of old case studies, and spun it into something that made it look like there was some kind of uprising against OpenOffice. In fact the only genuine point they made was that Microsoft Office has compatibility issues with everything else, including older versions of itself.

And their Best Buy anti-Linux propaganda training brief, where they tout the virtues of "regular Windows updates" on the one hand, then criticise Ubuntu's "hundreds of updates per month" on the other, in an attempt to make Microsoft customers' month-long wait for updates seem like some kind of "advantage", but GNU/Linux's daily updates a disadvantage.

And their predatory acquisition of Nortel's patents, using a cartel of Screw Googlers.

And their equally predatory (and clandestine) acquisition of Novell using a cartel of vulture capitalists, primarily to get patents for the purpose of attacking Free Software.

But yeah, apart from that, Microsoft is a totally reformed company.



Yes, the list is endless. I could have mentioned the MSBBC and Nokia, for example, or the fact that Skype will no-doubt be locked-in to the Windows platform eventually, or the "community" of traitors Microsoft built up around Mono, fooled certain people into being "pragmatists", then unceremoniously dumped them, along with its own community of Net developers. Now one of the key players, the founder of Gnome, is more interested in running a proprietary software company than helping the Gnome community through a difficult transition.

None of that is exactly ancient history either.

Let us remember that Microsoft is still quite the villain, not just by characterisation. ___ * Microsoft is hardly alone anymore because it joined forces with Apple. Apple not properly supporting ODF and instead helping OOXML, joining Microsoft's patent cartels, etc. They share similar problems because GNU/Linux is gaining in many areas while both proprietary operating systems suffers security issues. "Black Hat Apple may have built its most secure Mac operating system yet," says The Register, "but a prominent security consultancy is advising enterprise clients to steer clear of adopting large numbers of the machines." Enterprises are said to be increasingly deploying GNU/Linux. The "security" (e.g. "malware") FUD has therefore gained ground recently, especially against Android. Apple and Microsoft proponents both use this FUD, along with the "not open" FUD and the patent FUD.



Recent Techrights' Posts

Helping Microsoft 'Hijack' Developers (to Make Them Work for Microsoft, Not the Competition)
VS Code is proprietary spyware of Microsoft. Jack Wallen keeps promoting its use.
Gemini Links 28/02/2024: Groupthink and the 'Problem' With Linux
Links for the day
Android Rising (Windows Down to All-Time Lows, Internationally)
This month was a bloodbath for Microsoft
HexChat Looks for Successors to Keep IRC Growing
IRC is far from dead
[Meme] Just Make Him Happy
Y U no produce more monopolies?
End of a Long February
top 10 posts
[Meme] The EPO's Relationship With Patent Examiners
Nobody is "safe"
New Pension Scheme (NPS) at the European Patent Office Explained at the General Assembly
Investing in the future, or...
Donald Trump & FSFE Matthias Kirschner election denial
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, February 27, 2024
IRC logs for Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Links 27/02/2024: PlayStation Layoffs and More Oppressive New Laws for Hong Kong
Links for the day
Gemini Links 27/02/2024: Facebook as Containment Field and Depression Driven Development (DDD)
Links for the day
They're Adding Warnings Now: The Site "It's FOSS" is Not FOSS
It's better that they at least explicitly state this
Links 27/02/2024: Nevada Versus End-To-End Encryption, Birmingham Bankrupt
Links for the day
End of an Era
The Web isn't just filled with marketing spam but actual disinformation
[Meme] Onboarding New EPO Staff
You read the patent application and grant within hours
The Legacy Prolific Writers Leave Behind Them
"Free Software Credibility Index" after more than 15 years
The Ongoing Evolutionary Process of News-Reading (or News-Finding) on the World Wide Web
it gets worse
Phoronix in Google News
congratulating or welcoming Embrace, Extend, Extinguish (E.E.E.)
Google Fired Many Employees Working on Google News (Which Had Deteriorated and Became Gulag Noise, Littered and Gamed by Blogspam, Plagiarism, and Chatbot/Translator-Generated Spew), Now Comes the Likely 'Phase-out'
No wonder many yearn for the days of DMOZ and Web directories in general
IRC Proceedings: Monday, February 26, 2024
IRC logs for Monday, February 26, 2024
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
"It's Obvious There's No Future For Any of Us from Blizzard at Microsoft"
The rumours suggest that more Microsoft layoffs are on the way
[Meme] Who's the Boss?
"I thought EPC governed the Office"
Salary Adjustment Procedure (SAP) at the EPO and Why Workers' Salary is Actually Decreasing Each Year (Currency Loses Its Purchasing Power)
outline and update on a years-old blunder
Exposed: FSFE, Legal & Licensing Workshop (LLW), Legal Network & Modern Slavery
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Gemini Links 26/02/2024: Mastodon Trouble, RSS, and Zombie-scrolling
Links for the day
Links 26/02/2024: Suicide Crisis and Doctor Walkouts in South Korea
Links for the day
Why Do People Who Attack GNU/Linux Hate Women So Much?
My wife is being viciously targeted again
Ongoing Media Campaign, Sponsored by Bill Gates, to Portray Critics of Gates Crimes as "Conspiracy" Cranks
In prior years we wrote about this PR tactic of Gates
[Meme] Follow the Law, Not Corrupt Bosses
pressuring staff to break the rules to make more money
The EPO Uses Appraisals to Force Staff to Illegally Grant European Patents or Lose the Job. The Matter is Being Escalated en Masse to ILO-AT, Requesting a Review of Appraisal Reports.
it is only getting worse over time
Debian History Harassment & Abuse culture evolution
Reprinted with permission from Daniel Pocock
Over at Tux Machines...
GNU/Linux news for the past day
IRC Proceedings: Sunday, February 25, 2024
IRC logs for Sunday, February 25, 2024IRC logs for Sunday, February 25, 2024