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InteLeaks - Part III: Intel Treats Linux Like Linux is Just Microsoft Windows

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Summary: GNU/Linux developers inside Intel are being surrounded by non-technical and harmful employees; it's as if Intel wants to merely pretend that it supports "Linux" when all it really supports is Microsoft

The series was preceded by an introduction and part I, which was a bit of a deliberate spoiler. Part II has the first actual leaks in it. Today we dive a little deeper and explain the scandal at hand.



Have a look at this:

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"Looks like whatever they're building is remarkably fragile and they're bringing a Windows mentality to Linux where you should pay consultants to work on a program targeting already-rotten software as if it will never become unsupported," Ryan noted in IRC some moments ago.

But wait, it's going to get worse as we dive yet deeper. They not only adopt a "Windows mentality"; they wish to outsource the whole shebang to Microsoft. That's the subject of future parts.

"Microsoft is still fostering this mindset with LTSC versions of Windows 10," Ryan explained, "which are quite different than consumer ones. Companies are so resistant to change that even the built-in components that are being deprecated and removed in favor of Universal Windows Platform on other SKUs still have the legacy components in LTSC. Even the calculator. Because you move even the smallest thing around, and something breaks. LTSC doesn't even have UWP, so the name is misleading. If you build a Universal Windows App, it will not work at all on Windows 10 LTSC. Which is because the UWP runtime and the Windows store are trash and corporations know that. The Win32 "Classic" API is actually far more capable, and Microsoft doesn't want to admit it."

How about this:

Intel DX rant

Or this:

Intel DX mistkaes

Sometimes you must wonder why companies insist on outsourcing to Microsoft (GitHub), perhaps forgetting that many important decisions aren't being made by geeks with a clue but by clueless nontechnical managers and so-called 'consultants' who may be covertly working for cults such as Microsoft.

"Working behind the scenes to orchestrate "independent" praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy's, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. "Independent" analyst's report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). "Independent" consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). "Independent" academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). "Independent" courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage."

--Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

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