01.20.07

Gemini version available ♊︎

Here Comes Microsoft’s Next Anti-Linux Crusade?

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 4:55 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Novell’s Linux versus Vista comparison site has been officially launched, just as Shane prematurely indicated a couple of days ago. Meanwhile, the entire World Wide Web is speaking about Europe’s latest study which proves Open Source software saves money. This is proving to be a real threat to Novell’s new deal partner.

Hours ago I discovered, through a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) who submits thousands of items to Digg (mostly pro-Microsoft, which makes you wonder), that the Yankee Group is conducting a new Linux versus Windows survey. Sounds benign, does it not? It might, unless you already know the history of the Yankee Group. They are often accused of becoming and acting as merely a Microsoft sockpuppet (see slang definition). Microsoft spreads its word through third parties, as means as avoiding customer alienation, as well as gaining credibility.

This particular nugget of information aligns with the words of Mary Jo Foley/Microsoft Blog. Therein she argued that a new Microsoft-commissioned, anti-Linux study is set to debut.

Let us take a careful quick look at The Yankee Group again. The firm conducted the notorious Get the Facts campaign, which has been revolving widely around the Web for a long time, even invading Web sites such as Slashdot. This anti-Linux crusade uses no credible data (a perfect fit for the Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics proverb). In fact, here is one recent criticism of the validity of this ‘study’. Microsoft-Watch recently explained this well, albeit in a different context:

Research firms aren’t in the business of giving away information to the news media, but selling it to clients. The information provided to the press should be incomplete.

There are many other studies that are commissioned by Microsoft amid this time of rising criticism and endless pressure. These prove that money can buy repution (recall the blogger/laptop backlack), or even spread lies (or to the commissioner—biased truth).

Lastly, I would like to add that Martin Taylor, the man who headed Microsoft’s anti-Linux crusade, left the company without stating a reason for departure. That happened several months ago. And yet, a Yankee Group lead analyst (or one among them) — one who is responsible for the Get the Facts campaign — as already expressed her true sentiments when it comes to Linux and Open Source software.

An example of her opinion on how Open Source Software is handled shows in this remark (quoted from a phone interview from her home in Massachusetts): “The thing about Linux is, you can talk about a free, open operating system all you want, but you can’t take that idea of free and open and put it into a capitalist system and maintain it as though it is some kind of hippie commune or ashram, because if you can do it like that, at that point I’m like, ‘Pass the hookah please!’” [1]

Even recently, after admitting that a SCO victory in their case against IBM seemed like an extreme longshot, Didio said, “There is a larger issue, though: Even if the SCO case gets dismissed entirely, it does not remove the copyright cloud hanging over Linux and open source.” [2]

[...]

Unsurprisingly, Linux advocates have in response heavily criticised DiDio. Typical criticisms are a lack of formal Computer Science qualifications and promoting studies funded by Microsoft; frequently this has resulted in questioning of her integrity and her being characterised as “a Microsoft shill”.

Can the study from the Yankee Group provide results from a fair assessment?

Returning to the point which started this ramble, prepare for another storm of disinformation, often motored by MVP’s, such as the guy advertising this new study from the Yankee Group. The flood of professional and online shills is clearly bound to continue. It is history’s lesson, as well.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

Decor ᶃ Gemini Space

Below is a Web proxy. We recommend getting a Gemini client/browser.

Black/white/grey bullet button This post is also available in Gemini over at this address (requires a Gemini client/browser to open).

Decor ✐ Cross-references

Black/white/grey bullet button Pages that cross-reference this one, if any exist, are listed below or will be listed below over time.

Decor ▢ Respond and Discuss

Black/white/grey bullet button If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

16 Comments

  1. Rex Ballard said,

    January 20, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Gravatar

    Please don’t be such a paranoid dumbass.

  2. Darth Chaos said,

    January 20, 2007 at 10:28 pm

    Gravatar

    It isn’t an anti-Linux crusade. It’s an anti-Linux JIHAD. Microsoft = al-CIAda

  3. your conscious said,

    January 20, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    Gravatar

    Why do you lie about rod trent’s digg submissions?

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 21, 2007 at 3:04 am

    Gravatar

    Judging by the vulgar E-mail address, here we have a forger of Rex Ballard (fake) and some more trolls.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll

  5. Mark Kent said,

    January 21, 2007 at 7:28 am

    Gravatar

    Thanks for quoting your own article in comp.os.linux.advocacy and calling it News. That is in no way extremely lame. Hint: it’s not Microsoft’s fault

  6. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 21, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Gravatar

    Another troll pretending to be somebody else. “Mark Kent” and “Rex Ballard” are both forged identities.

  7. Rex Ballard said,

    January 21, 2007 at 11:43 am

    Gravatar

    What the hell are you on?

  8. Mark Kent said,

    January 22, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Gravatar

    Hi,

    This is the real Mark Kent.

    I suppose I should be honoured that Gary Stewart (80% prob) or Scott Nudds (15% prob) have decided to start impersonating me again… ah, it must be love!

    Best regards all,

    Mark K.

  9. Mark Kent said,

    January 22, 2007 at 6:29 am

    Gravatar

    No I’m the real Mark Kent. Don’t be fooled by imposters. I don’t even know a Gary Stewart or a Scott Nudds. Those two(just one?) other trolls pretending to be me are pathetic.

  10. Roger Daltry said,

    January 22, 2007 at 3:12 pm

    Gravatar

    This Roy Schestowitz chap who wrote this is quite the paranoid nut case, is he not? This is no factual basis for any of these delusional claims. Seems to me that somebody forgot to close the door at the mental asylum and this nut case got away.

    Then again, this is probably some ignorant college student or juvenile posting from his mothers computer while she was out shopping.

  11. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 22, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Gravatar

    “This Roy Schestowitz chap who wrote this is quite the paranoid nut case, is he not? This is no factual basis for any of these delusional claims.”

    And again that same single troll who changes names and comes to discredit. Gary Stewart, is that you?

  12. John Entwistle said,

    January 22, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Gravatar

    Are they trolls, or just right? Read what you wrote when you’re not high and paranoid and you’ll see the truth.

  13. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 23, 2007 at 3:02 am

    Gravatar

    All these fake names (including John Entwistle, Mark Kent, Rex Ballard) come from the same Verizon IP addresss: 72.81.192.168

    It’s the same sick troll pretending to be a crowd.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_sockpuppet

  14. You said,

    January 23, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Gravatar

    Maybe it’s just you pretending to be different people to drive the hit count up on this site. How much money have you made from this site? You want to boycott Novell because they are trying to make some money, and yet here you are making money of that very same issue. You’re a weird, hypocritcal bird Roy.

  15. shane said,

    January 23, 2007 at 9:24 am

    Gravatar

    For the record, ALL adsense ads are mine, despite my offering Roy an opportunity to "monetize" his posts; he has consistently declined.

    Also, the CTR is not what you think, Firefox and Adblock lead to virtually no views via BN, and the site averages about $.60 per day on adsense over the 3 month period. It’s enough to ensure that the site can support itself, but this is not making us any money.

    Roy is above reproach in this regard, sorry to disappoint. If you want to question my impartiality due to the presence of advertising on the site, that is fine. It can’t be any worse than being paid to edit Wikipedia ;^ ).

    Oh, and WordPress records IP’s on comments, so it is trivial to determine if it is the same person posting under numerous pseudonyms, which is certainly the case here having posted as Kent/Ballard/Entwistle/You all from the same IP.

  16. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 23, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Gravatar

    This leads me to wondering if we should at some point change ‘site policy’ and delete abusive comments. There is no censorship at the moment.

    Groklaw adopted a constructive approach a very long time ago. Even a post from Linus got purged for the use of strong language. Groklaw is democratic and encourages freedom of speech. Pseudonames and personal attacks, on the other hand, are trolling, not expression.

DecorWhat Else is New


  1. Links 24/10/2021: Ceph Boss Sage Weil Resigns and Many GPL Enforcement Stories

    Links for the day



  2. GAFAM-Funded NPR Reports That Facebook Let Millions of People Like Trump Flout the So-called Rules. Not Just “a Few”.

    Guest post by Ryan, reprinted with permission



  3. Some Memes About What Croatia Means to the European Patent Office

    Before we proceed to other countries in the region, let’s not forget or let’s immortalise the role played by Croatia in the EPO (memes are memorable)



  4. Gangster Culture in the EPO

    The EPO‘s Administrative Council was gamed by a gangster from Croatia; today we start the segment of the series which deals with the Balkan region



  5. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XXI: The Balkan League – The Doyen and His “Protégée”

    The EPO‘s circle of corruption in the Balkan region will be the focus of today’s (and upcoming) coverage, showing some of the controversial enablers of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos, two deeply corrupt French officials who rapidly drive the Office into the ground for personal gain (at Europe’s expense!)



  6. Links 23/10/2021: FreeBSD 12.3 Beta, Wine 6.20, and NuTyX 21.10.0

    Links for the day



  7. IRC Proceedings: Friday, October 22, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, October 22, 2021



  8. [Meme] [Teaser] Crime Express

    The series about Battistelli's "Strike Regulations" (20 parts thus far) culminates as the next station is the Balkan region



  9. Links 23/10/2021: Star Labs/StarLite, Ventoy 1.0.56

    Links for the day



  10. Gemini on Sourcehut and Further Expansion of Gemini Space

    Gemini protocol is becoming a widely adopted de facto standard for many who want to de-clutter the Internet by moving away from the World Wide Web and HTML (nowadays plagued by JavaScript, CSS, and many bloated frameworks that spy)



  11. Unlawful Regimes Even Hungary and Poland Would Envy

    There’s plenty of news reports about Polish and Hungarian heads of states violating human rights, but never can one find criticism of the EPO’s management doing the same (the mainstream avoids this subject altogether); today we examine how that area of Europe voted on the illegal "Strike Regulations" of Benoît Battistelli



  12. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part XX: The Visegrád Group

    The EPO‘s unlawful “Strike Regulations” (which helped Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos illegally crush or repress EPO staff) were supported by only one among 4 Visegrád delegates



  13. [Meme] IBM Has Paid ZDNet to Troll the Community

    Over the past few weeks ZDNet has constantly published courses with the word "master" in their headlines (we caught several examples; a few are shown above); years ago this was common, also in relation to IBM itself; clearly IBM thinks that the word is racially sensitive and offensive only when it's not IBM using the word and nowadays IBM pays ZDNet — sometimes proxying through the Linux Foundation — to relay this self-contradictory message whose objective is to shame programmers, Free software communities etc. (through guilt they can leverage more power and resort to projection tactics, sometimes outright slander which distracts)



  14. [Meme] ILO Designed to Fail: EPO Presidents Cannot be Held Accountable If ILOAT Takes Almost a Decade to Issue a Simple Ruling

    The recent ILOAT ruling (a trivial no-brainer) inadvertently reminds one of the severe weaknesses of ILOAT; what good is a system of accountability that issues rulings on decisions that are barely relevant anymore (or too late to correct)?



  15. Links 22/10/2021: Trump's AGPL Violations and Chrome 95 Released

    Links for the day



  16. [Meme] How Corporate Monopolies Demonise Critics of Their Technically and Legally Problematic 'Products'

    When the technical substance of some criticism stands (defensible based upon evidence), and is increasingly difficult to refute based on facts, make up some fictional issue — a straw man argument — and then respond to that phony issue based on no facts at all



  17. Links 22/10/2021: Global Encryption Day

    Links for the day



  18. [Meme] Speaking the Same Language

    Language inside the EPO is misleading. Francophones Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos casually misuse the word “social”.



  19. António Campinos Thinks Salary Reductions Months Before He Leaves is “Exceptional Social Gesture”

    Just as Benoît Battistelli had a profound misunderstanding of the concept of “social democracy” his mate seems to completely misunderstand what a “social gesture” is (should have asked his father)



  20. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, October 21, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, October 21, 2021



  21. Links 21/10/2021: MX Linux 21 and Git Contributors’ Summit in a Nutshell

    Links for the day



  22. [Meme] [Teaser] Miguel de Icaza on CEO of Microsoft GitHub

    Our ongoing series, which is very long, will shed much-needed light on GitHub and its goals (the dark side is a lot darker than people care to realise)



  23. Gemini Protocol and Gemini Space Are Not a Niche; for Techrights, Gemini Means Half a Million Page Requests a Month

    Techrights on gemini:// has become very big and we’ll soon regenerate all the pages (about 37,500 of them) to improve clarity, consistency, and general integrity



  24. 'Satellite States' of EPO Autocrats

    Today we look more closely at how Baltic states were rendered 'voting fodder' by large European states, looking to rubber-stamp new and oppressive measures which disempower the masses



  25. [Meme] Don't Mention 'Brexit' to Team UPC

    It seems perfectly clear that UPC cannot start, contrary to what the EPO‘s António Campinos told the Council last week (lying, as usual) and what the EPO insinuates in Twitter; in fact, a legal challenge to this should be almost trivial



  26. The EPO’s Overseer/Overseen Collusion — Part IXX: The Baltic States

    How unlawful EPO rules were unsurprisingly supported by Benoît Battistelli‘s friends in Baltic states; António Campinos maintained those same unlawful rules and Baltic connections, in effect liaising with offices known for their corruption (convicted officials, too; they did not have diplomatic immunity, unlike Battistelli and Campinos)



  27. Links 21/10/2021: GIMP 2.99.8 Released, Hardware Shortages, Mozilla Crisis

    Links for the day



  28. How Oppressive Governments and Web Monopolists Might Try to Discourage Adoption of Internet Protocols Like Gemini

    Popular movements and even some courageous publications have long been subverted by demonisation tactics, splits along unrelated grounds (such as controversial politics) and — failing that — technical sabotage and censorship; one must familiarise oneself with commonly-recurring themes of social control by altercation



  29. [Meme] Strike Triangulations, Reception Issues

    Financial strangulations for Benoît Battistelli‘s unlawful “Strike Regulations”? The EPO will come to regret 2013…



  30. [Meme] Is Saying “No!” to Unlawful Proposals Considered “Impolite”?

    A ‘toxic mix’ of enablers and cowards (who won’t vote negatively on EPO proposals which they know to be unlawful) can serve to show that the EPO isn’t a “social democracy” as Benoît Battistelli liked to call it; it’s just a dictatorship, currently run by the son of a person who actually fought dictatorship


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts