09.08.11

Cablegate: How Microsoft Apparently Attacked GNU/Linux Adoption in Turkey

Posted in Asia, Europe, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 3:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Cablegate

Summary: A cable from around the same time of a government deal with Microsoft sheds light on what American diplomats were thinking or plotting

IN EARLY 2009 we showed that Microsoft signed a bizarre deal with the Turkish government, immediately harming the nation’s adoption of GNU/Linux through government-funded efforts such as the Pardus GNU/Linux distribution. Now we have a Cablegate cable from around the same time. It says that Microsoft’s deal “appears to be an opportunistic business development effort presented to President Berdimuhamedov in an attempt to solidify its standing in the local market (reftel). At the same time, the project will provide Microsoft with solid foothold in Turkmenistan’s small, but grossly underserved market.”

Here is the full cable:


VZCZCXRO7552
RR RUEHAST RUEHFL RUEHLA RUEHLN RUEHMRE RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSK RUEHSR
RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHAH #0138 0290321
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 290321Z JAN 09
FM AMEMBASSY ASHGABAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2217
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUCNOSC/OSCE POST COLLECTIVE
RUEHLM/AMEMBASSY COLOMBO 0540
RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA 0560
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD 2254
RUEHBUL/AMEMBASSY KABUL 1001
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU 0276
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI 1047
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI 0188
RUEHKP/AMCONSUL KARACHI 0237
RUEHCI/AMCONSUL KOLKATA 0159
RUEHLH/AMCONSUL LAHORE 0173
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI 0198
RUEHPW/AMCONSUL PESHAWAR 0511
RHMFIUU/CDR USCENTCOM MACDILL AFB FL
RUEAIIA/CIA WASHDC
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC//DHO-2/REA/NMJIC-J2//
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHDC
RUETIAA/NSA FORT MEADE MD
RUEKJCS/JOINT STAFF WASHINGTON DC//J5/RUE//
RUEKJCS/SECDEF WASHINGTON DC
UNCLAS ASHGABAT 000138 
 
SENSITIVE 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR SCA/CEN, EUR/ACE, EEB 
AID/W FOR EE/EA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: PGOV, PREL, EAID, ECON, ETRD, TX 
SUBJECT: MICROSOFT/POLIMEKS DEVELOPING TURKMEN DICTIONARY 
 
REF: 08 ASHGABAT 483 
 
1.  (U) Sensitive but unclassified.  Not for public Internet. 
 
2.  (SBU) Post has learned that Microsoft, with support from Turkish 
construction firm Policom Istanbul (known locally as "Polimeks"), 
has apparently agreed to develop a Turkmen language dictionary and 
relevant software in cooperation with the Supreme Council on Science 
and Technology (SCST) and Turkmenistan's Agricultural University. 
The project reportedly will be funded jointly by Polimeks and 
Microsoft over a 20-month period beginning in May 2009. 
 
3.  (SBU) The local representative of an international donor agency 
told Post that President Berdimuhamedov approved the proposal for 
Microsoft, with support from Polimeks, to develop the dictionary and 
relevant software. He then sent instructions to the SCST to 
implement the project.  The Academy of Sciences' Translation and 
Dictionary Department and the Agricultural University's 
International Relations Department will assist in the project. 
According to our source, a meeting to discuss the project took place 
on January 24 between SCST Deputy Chairwoman Akjeren Allanurova and 
the following participants: 
 
-- Isolina Pommier, Microsoft Strategy Manager (Redmond, 
Washington); 
-- Jim Levi, Microsoft Public Sector Regional Leader, Central & 
Eastern Europe (Germany); and 
-- Bora Kutla, Assistant General Manager, Policom Istanbul 
(Ashgabat). 
 
4.  (SBU) COMMENT: Our source, who maintains close contact with a 
range of government interlocutors, mentioned that the government 
partners for this project have questioned its potential value and 
the priority it has received.  Taken in the context of Polimeks' 
business strategy and recent award to develop a "technopark" in 
Ashgabat, Polimeks' involvement appears to be an opportunistic 
business development effort presented to President Berdimuhamedov in 
an attempt to solidify its standing in the local market (reftel). 
At the same time, the project will provide Microsoft with solid 
foothold in Turkmenistan's small, but grossly underserved market. 
END COMMENT. 
 
MILES 


“Translation” is a Trojan horse we’ve seen Microsoft use in south America and Africa (countries like Peru or Chile). Microsoft ignores markets and languages and when they start moving to GNU/Linux Microsoft suddenly makes some linguistics-esque announcement and roars very loud for those countries to abandon their GNU/Linux efforts. This usually works.

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

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2011/09/08/president-berdimuhamedov-and-msft/

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

What Else is New


  1. Microsoft 'Loves' Linux So Much That It's Spreading FUD About It All Over the Media for 3 Days in a Row (So Far)

    The stubborn cult at Microsoft likes telling us all — especially officials and decision-makers — a bunch lies like, “we invest [some amount of money] in security” and “security is our goal”, but in reality the money is sunk into hiring (‘buying’) firms with “security” in their name, bribing publishers for mindless PR/platitudes that cast critics of Microsoft insecurity/ies as “fanatics”, “bashers”, “jealous”, “irrational” et cetera; finally, actual money goes into collaborations with the NSA on back doors, i.e. the exact opposite of security. The video above is a follow-up or sequel for something we meme-ified two days ago; we’ve since then included more examples (with editorial comments added to the links) in our News Roundups/Daily Links; Western media follows the same script we saw in Indian Web sites on Sunday and the objective is to paint Linux as “equally insecure” if not less secure than Windows. As already noted on Sunday, in a much longer video, the ‘Linux’ malware (it has nothing to do with Linux itself!) needs user intervention, neglect, or even sabotage to even get on the compromised systems in the first place. One can guess what situation or which incidents Microsoft is ever so eager to distract/deflect from…



  2. [Meme] EPO Asked to Comply With the Law and Correct Behaviour

    EPO staff wants reparations for monumental abuses, but the “Mafia” of Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos will never allow that to happen (we saw the same regarding the unlawful composition of internal courts)



  3. The Unfunny Joke That Microsoft Cares for 'Developer Rights'

    Microsoft propaganda urging software developers to find comfort in a prison of Microsoft (proprietary software monopoly) is a symptom of dying media, or thinly-veiled PR looking for a buck



  4. IRC Proceedings: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    IRC logs for Tuesday, July 27, 2021



  5. Links 28/7/2021: PulseAudio 15.0 Released, World’s Slowest Raytracer

    Links for the day



  6. Links 27/7/2021: New Godot Engine Beta and a Call for Funding of GIMP

    Links for the day



  7. The EPO's 'News' Page Annotated

    From the above: Greenwashing; Offshoring; ViCo nonsense; Openwashing; Patents=space travel? Faking empathy; Patents as monopoly; ViCo whitewash; Constitutional hogwash; ViCo propaganda; Pinkwashing; Whitewashing GDPR violation; Self-praise; Exploiting pandemic for $; More openwashing; Protectionism; Outsourcing; Occupying the legal system; Grifting and PR; 'Legalising' EPC violations; More surveillance; Patents as sharing?; Patents as mere info? Lobbying by litigation firms; Proprietary/MS



  8. Playing With Fire: The Linux Foundation Associates the Linux Brand With Proprietary Software and GitHub (as Usual)

    Racist IBM is once again using or misusing the “Linux” brand (through the Linux Foundation) to promote racist Watson (which is also proprietary software); the ‘Linux’ Foundation is now revisionism as a service (not just in service of its own mythology, e.g. the operating system starting in 1991 rather than 1983)



  9. Links 27/7/2021: KDE Plasma 5.22.4, Libinput 1.19 to Include Hold Gestures

    Links for the day



  10. Recording Videos With Webcamoid on GNU/Linux

    A lot of people use OBS Studio or similarly high-profile Free software that's mostly designed for live streaming; but this video is a bit different as it takes a look at Webcamoid, which not many people even know about, explaining the current setup that's used to record pretty much every video we make



  11. Getting News and Updates Over Gemini (in General and for Techrights)

    Gemini (gemini://) is very well suited for 'consumption' of news; the hardest part is getting past the simple fact that not every article needs to have pictures in it and syndication (for updates) isn't done through social control media



  12. IRC Proceedings: Monday, July 26, 2021

    IRC logs for Monday, July 26, 2021



  13. [Meme] Microsoft is Lecturing Us on Security!

    Dev Kundaliya and 'Hacker' News play along and go along with this laughable lie that Microsoft is some kind of security expert with moral authority/credibility on this subject



  14. [Meme] EPO 2025 (When Most of the Decent Patent Examiners Have Been Chased Away)

    Based on this week's reports (see batches of Daily Links), many recently-granted European Patents are being thrown out by courts, which means it's hardly surprising that demand for European Patents is in fact decreasing (while quality/validity/legal certainty nose-dives)



  15. Funding Sources Like Corporate Sponsors/Patrons/Masters Put at Risk the Freedom of Free Software

    Sources of funding or “sponsors” such as large corporations typically come with some barely-visible or temporarily-invisible strings attached (an expectation of commercial reciprocity, rendering the recipients subservient like ‘slaves’) and we need to understand how to preserve software freedom in the face of such trends



  16. Links 26/7/2021: Nanotale on GNU/Linux and IBM Promoting Microsoft GitHub

    Links for the day



  17. Free Software Projects Should Quit Selling Keynote Speeches to the Highest Bidders (Corporations) and Choose Based on Merit/Relevance

    OSI, SFC, FSF and Linux Foundation are in effect selling time and space (even to Microsoft, except the FSF was never foolish enough to do this). As of today, LibreOffice does the same thing (which might remain benign; just be sure to reject rivals as "sponsors" because it dooms projects and events).



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

    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



  19. Links 26/7/2021: Grml 2021.07 and DXVK 1.9.1

    Links for the day



  20. Increasing Focus on Advocacy for the Free Software Community (Putting Control Over Computing in the Hands of People, Not Large Corporations)

    After 31,000 blog posts it's time to add a new theme to our coverage, which prioritises science, computer developers, and technology users; an urgent matter and pressing issue is the passage of control (e.g. over code and policy) to non-practising entities



  21. Video: How to Follow All Our Channels (Interactively) From the Command Line

    We’ve been enhancing the access possibilities/options for #techrights and other IRC channels, partly because we want to encourage more people to wean themselves off the DRM-ready Web, the monoculture, the bloat, the surveillance, and centralisation in general (the Web favours centralisation, which is exacerbated by the bloat and other topological dynamics)



  22. IRC Proceedings: Sunday, July 25, 2021

    IRC logs for Sunday, July 25, 2021



  23. Links 26/7/2021: Third RC of Linux 5.14 and Beta 3 of Haiku Project

    Links for the day



  24. No, Microsoft Does Not Get to Lecture Us on GNU/Linux Security (or Security in General)

    The corporate media wants us to think (or feel) like Microsoft is some kind of security guru; the reality, however, is the exact opposite because at Microsoft sometimes if not always/by default insecurity is the actual objective (back doors)



  25. Links 25/7/2021: MyGNUHealth 1.0.3 and Lots About Patents

    Links for the day



  26. Links 25/7/2021: LibreELEC (Matrix) 10.0 RC1 and Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) End of Life

    Links for the day



  27. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, July 24, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, July 24, 2021



  28. Following Techrights IRC Channels From the Command Line (or the Web and Gemini)

    The (almost) real-time logs for #techrights have been available in http://techrights.org/irc and in gemini://gemini.techrights.org/chat/index.gmi for over a month; today we extend that to cover all channels (aggregated into one)



  29. Links 24/7/2021: Skrooge 2.26.1 and K-9 Mail Release

    Links for the day



  30. Links 24/7/2021: FreeBSD Report (April-June) and KDE Reporting Its Progress

    Links for the day


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