Microsoft is Now OK Because It’s New, According to Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft at 4:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“Where are we on this Jihad?”

Bill Gates

'Where are we on this Jihad?' -Bill Gates; Captain, they bring out the nukes; No, it's OK; 'new Microsoft'; 'Cut off their air supply.'

Summary: Some people refuse to learn from history and line themselves up for victimhood; it doesn’t matter if it always ends up the same way

“…[C]ut off Netscape’s air supply.”

Paul Maritz, Vice President, Microsoft (then VMWare CEO)

Nothing Says Open Source Louder Than Collaborating With the Man Who Attacks Software Freedom on Behalf of Microsoft

Posted in IBM, Microsoft, Red Hat at 3:40 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

It was him who was scheming to take over GitHub to establish a Microsoft monopoly over millions of projects that aren’t Microsoft’s (ambushing it since 2014, according to Bloomberg)

Red Hat and Microsoft

Summary: Sometimes a picture can tell a thousand words; this one is only weeks old and it reveals that Red Hat isn’t competing with Microsoft; it works with Microsoft (promoting monopoly and proprietary software with back doors)


  1. Always Remember That Red Hat Also Considered Microsoft as a Buyer
  2. Sometimes It Feels Like Microsoft — Not IBM — Bought Red Hat

Red Hat’s CEO is Still Connected to the NSA Through the Hortonworks Board

Posted in IBM, Red Hat at 3:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Apache NiFi

Summary: The leadership of Red Hat is, in our view, too closely connected to the US Army/Military, which is also one of their biggest client if not by far the biggest

The other day we took note of the fact that the chief of Red Hat’s Board was in fact a military general (albeit retired), who bragged about how war (overthrowing the leadership of another nation) introduced him to Red Hat. Red Hat’s connections to the NSA are an area we covered in about half a dozen articles more than half a decade ago, e.g. [1, 2, 3]. The NSA (and DoD at large) is one of Red Hat’s biggest clients and they work closely together in several areas, not only SELinux. The same for IBM

“The interesting bit says he’s still on the board of Hortonworks, which is closely connected to the NSA in a number of ways (staff, strategic, and even projects like Apache NiFi).”Now, what about the new CEO and President of Red Hat? Well, Red Hat’s details about him are rather limited and we think we can see why. Wikipedia’s page about him is virtually empty, it’s a stub. You might expect the CEO of a large company to have more than 10 words about him in Wikipedia.

A little bit of digging reveals that he came to Red Hat less than 2 decades ago from BindView (now part of Symantec), where he was “senior vice president of research and development” after his original employer, Netect, was acquired. It was established in 1996 and still operates as a private entity. Cormier joined it in 1998 (two years after it was born) and was “vice president of Research & Development and Chief Technology Officer,” according to Red Hat (IBM). “From 1996 to 1998,” the same page says, “Cormier first served as director of Engineering, Internet Security and Collaboration Products and then as senior director of Software Product Development, Internet Security Products for AltaVista Internet Software, a web portal and internet services company (previously Digital’s Internet Software group).”

Nothing wrong with that!

“Red Hat calls it “data software company,” which is a gross understatement.”The interesting bit says he’s still on the board of Hortonworks, which is closely connected to the NSA in a number of ways (staff, strategic, and even projects like Apache NiFi). Red Hat calls it “data software company,” which is a gross understatement. Over the years I’ve noted almost 100 times the connection between the NSA and Hortonworks. It’s not so secret; there’s plenty of open source (publicly accessible) evidence about it… but we never got around to doing a comprehensive article about it, so the pieces are all scattered, so to speak.

“He [Cormier] was an original member of the Hortonworks board of directors and was instrumental in driving its 2018 merger with Cloudera,” Red Hat boasts.

IRC Proceedings: Sunday, June 07, 2020

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:51 am by Needs Sunlight



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Enter the IRC channels now

Achievement Unlocked: 70 Posts in 7 Days

Posted in Site News at 2:12 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Taking Techrights to the next level or old levels (peak times/years); maintaining this rhythm is the next challenge


Summary: In an effort to get back to 2010 levels of publication (about 10 posts per day) we’re removing some less important activities; it’s even easier with the lock-downs (less ousting, no sports, fewer distractions)

Microsoft Wants to ‘Apt-Get Remove GNU Linux’ Like It Killed AppGet for Windows

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Windows at 1:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“We are not on a path to win against Linux”

Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Platform Group Vice President

Kirk Scotty/Jim Allchin, Microsoft's Platform Group Vice President: We need to slaughter Novell before they get stronger….If you’re going to kill someone, there isn’t much reason to get all worked up about it and angry. You just pull the trigger. Any discussions beforehand are a waste of time. We need to smile at Novell while we pull the trigger.

Summary: Embrace, replace, trash the original; Microsoft is trying to do to GNU/Linux what it has done to many products and competing companies over the decades; know the tricks, learn the hard lessons…

“Bad artists copy. Great artists steal,” Pablo Picasso said. That actually inspired Apple’s co-founder, who apparently knew he hadn’t created much (his co-founder did much of the technical work).

“Microsoft has a reputation for taking other people’s work, rebranding that work as Microsoft’s own.”Microsoft is similar. We recently mentioned how Bill Gates only 'succeeded' because of his mom's connections at IBM (she was a high-society scion, not some modest teacher). The real achievers are forgotten if not prematurely dead.

Microsoft has a reputation for taking other people’s work, rebranding that work as Microsoft’s own. The list of examples is seemingly endless. Several days ago, owing to negative press, Microsoft was finally forced to admit it had done so yet again. This affected GitHub repositories, which ought to be a cautionary tale to anybody who still participates in GitHub. Below we make a record of articles in roughly chronological or at least logical order:

  • Microsoft copied its new Windows Package Manager from rival AppGet, claims developer

    Beigi interviewed in December, and then never heard anything back from the company for nearly six months until he received a 24-hour heads up that Microsoft was launching winget last week. “When I finally saw the announcement and the GitHub repositories, I was shocked? Upset? I wasn’t even sure what I was looking at,” says Beigi.

    Beigi claims the “core mechanics, terminology, the manifest format and structure, even the package repository’s folder structure” of Microsoft’s winget are all heavily inspired by AppGet. Microsoft only briefly mentions AppGet once in its announcement, in a throwaway line that lists other Windows package managers.

    “What was copied with no credit is the foundation of the project. How it actually works,” explains Beigi in a separate Reddit post. “And I don’t mean the general concept of package / app managers… WinGet works pretty much identical to the way AppGet works.”

  • The Day AppGet Died.

    TLDR; I’m no longer going to be developing AppGet. The client and backend services will go into maintenance mode immediately until August 1st, 2020, at which point they’ll be shut down permanently.

  • Microsoft Windows Package Manager Accused of Copying Open Source AppGet Tool

    A week ago, Microsoft announced a new Windows Package Manager (winget) at Build 2020. It was one of the few unexpected reveals during the virtual developer conference. However, one developer now says Microsoft copied his technology and integrated it into Windows.

    Keivan Beigi, who created a package manager called AppGet, says Microsoft showed a lot of interest in the tool last year. He says the company spoke to him and was interested in AppGet. Later, the company ghosted Beigi and he did not hear from Microsoft again.

    Fast forward to Build, and Windows Package Manager arrives (winget) looking suspiciously like AppGet. Beigi says he was shocked to see winget copied so much from his solution.

  • Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

    Keivan Beigi, developer of AppGet, has described how Microsoft nearly hired him to work on the open-source Windows package manager as an official feature, then went quiet for six months before announcing WinGet, which Beigi says is “very inspired by AppGet”.

    Microsoft unveiled WinGet at its Build virtual event earlier this month. At the time, Senior program manager Demitrius Nelon said: “What about insert any other package manager here? We think they are great… We have already talked with a few of the well-known package manager teams. Chocolatey has a vibrant community with a massive collection of applications, and a rich history supporting both open-source and enterprise customers. Scoop provides a convenient way to allow software to be installed without the UAC popups. Ninite keeps an eye on updates for all the apps it installed. There are many others like AppGet, Npackd and the PowerShell-based OneGet package manager-manager.”

    AppGet got a mention here, but only as a footnote. Beigi’s account gives a different perspective. He says he was approached in July 2019 by a “high-level manager at Microsoft” from the Windows app deployment team. The manager thanked him for building AppGet and making “life so much easier” for Windows developers and asked to meet Beigi to “get feedback on how we can make your life easier building AppGet”.

  • AppGet Creator Says Microsoft Stole His Product

    Last week, Microsoft released its new Windows Package Manager, called WinGet. But as it turns out, they stole it: Keivan Beigi, the creator of a popular package manager called AppGet, describes how Microsoft wooed him last year and discussed employing him, only to later ghost him and release WinGet, which he says is basically identical to AppGet.

  • AppGet ‘really helped us,’ Microsoft says, but offers no apology to dev for killing open-source package manager

    Microsoft’s Andrew Clinick, a group program manager in the Windows team who is involved with the development of the WinGet package manager, has tried to make good with the open-source community by publishing an acknowledgement of what was borrowed from the existing AppGet project.

    A preview of WinGet was released by Microsoft during the recent virtual Build event, prompting the developer of AppGet, Keivan Beigi, to post about how he was approached by Microsoft in July 2019, supposedly to offer him help with development. He said he was questioned by the vendor in detail about his package management ideas, invited to apply for a job with Microsoft to work on an official version of AppGet, and then heard nothing until the moment before WinGet was launched.

  • Microsoft finally gives AppGet developer the credit he deserves

    Microsoft is crediting a developer after he accused the company of copying the core mechanics of its new Windows Package Manager. AppGet developer Keivan Beigi provided a detailed account of Microsoft reaching out with interest about his package manager, inviting him for interviews, and then ghosting him for months before unveiling its own package manager that he felt was inspired by his work.

    Beigi claimed the “core mechanics, terminology, the manifest format and structure, even the package repository’s folder structure” of Microsoft’s Windows Package Manager (winget) are all heavily inspired by AppGet. Microsoft only briefly mentioned AppGet once in its announcement, in a throwaway line that lists other Windows package managers. A variety of Windows package managers exist, and are used to automate the process of installing and updating apps.

  • Microsoft Admits Windows Package Manager (WinGet) Was Inspired by AppGet, Credits Developer

    Back at Build 2020 last month, Microsoft introduced a new Windows Package Manager (Winget) for Windows 10. The new tool allows developers to easily download services to help app development. However, the new open source solution found controversy after the creator of a similar tool argued Microsoft has stolen his idea.

    Microsoft has now admitted it should have credited Keivan Beigi for his work in getting WinGet off the ground. However, the company stopped short of apologizing to the Canadian developer.

    Windows Package Manager presents a way for developers to access tools that are not available to them from the Microsoft Store. If you want to know how to use WinGet with PowerShell or GUI, check out our tutorial here.

  • Windows 10: Microsoft now credits maker of package manager it ‘copied’ – but offers no apology

    Last week, Beigi, who built the open-source AppGet package manager for Windows, accused Microsoft of copying his work for WinGet without acknowledging his product’s influence.

    Beigi says Microsoft copied large parts of AppGet to deliver WinGet, the Windows package manager announced at Microsoft Build 2020. Last week, he detailed his discussions with a senior manager at Microsoft named Andrew who approached him in July 2019 with an invitation to meet and discuss “how we can make your life easier building AppGet”.

  • Microsoft Belatedly Credits AppGet Developer For WinGet

    Microsoft has belatedly credited the Canadian developer of AppGet as the inspiration for its WinGet package manager for Windows 10, after mentioning the original app only in passing during a recent launch event.

    Microsoft launched a preview of WinGet at the Build developer conference in May, and after saying it had talked with the ” well-known package manager teams” behind Chocolatey, Scoop and Ninite, the company mentioned there were also “many other” apps including “AppGet, Npackd and the PowerShell based OneGet package manager-manager”.

    Following the launch, developer Keivan Beigi, of Vancouver, Canada, said he would be discontinuing the development of AppGet, a package manager for Windows he has said he developed in response to frustrations with existing tools such as Chocolatey.

This is what Microsoft is now doing (or trying to do) to GNU/Linux with stuff like WSL, which is basically an attack on GNU/Linux and promotion of the Windows monopoly.

Today, After More Than 15 Years, I’m Deleting ‘Open Source’ From My RSS Feeds

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, OSI at 1:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

‘Open Source’ became everything its fiercest critics worried it would eventually be

Wikipedia on entryism

Summary: The Open Source brand — like the Open Source Initiative (OSI) — stands for monopolies now, with few exceptions here and there; there’s no compelling reason left to support “Open Source” anymore (focus on software freedom instead)

THE “OPENWASHING” thing isn’t a growing trend; it’s becoming the norm. As I look over Google News results (as RSS/XML only; this is the only Google service I still use!) I realise that there’s nothing of value in it. Almost nothing. Maybe less than 10% of the whole. I see mentions of Microsoft, Google, Facebook… or projects that are GitHub-hosted, i.e. entrapped in a proprietary software cage. Lots of the results are pure marketing spam that’s FUD from Microsoft proxies such as Black Duck, demonising Free software to push proprietary stuff. We know who amplifies that stuff and why…

What on Earth is this nonsense?!

“I’d rather write more articles than pick links about how Facebook is now “open”, “Google will save us from COVID” and Microsoft “fights the bad guys…” (yes, that’s the gist of it).”Why do I still spend about 6 hours a week following and keeping abreast of this nonsense?

It’s tiring, both emotionally (exhausting!) and technically. I’d rather write more article than pick links about how Facebook is now “open”, “Google will save us from COVID” and Microsoft “fights the bad guys…” (yes, that’s the gist of it).

“And shame on you, OSI leadership (people from companies like IBM). You did this to yourselves…”Today, for the first time since 2004 or 2005, I’ve decided to just delete all the crap and never receive that again. Ever.

RIP, “Open Source”.

And shame on you, OSI leadership (people from companies like IBM and Google). You did this to yourselves

You’re only 1 or 2 years behind the Linux Foundation when it comes to the sellout. No wonder your two co-founders are out this year, unwilling to associate with you anymore. And what next on your agenda? A “clearly defined” merger with InnerSource Commons (ISC)? Because “Open Source” is, after all, just (being) reduced to mere “collaboration” (sharing code snippets or components on GitHub)?

“Well, “Open Source” was never a genuine attempt at making Free software more widespread and popular; but at least there was that claim (from the likes of Bruce Perens).”A couple of years ago Simon Phipps repeatedly assured me nothing would change after he accepted Microsoft’s money on behalf of the OSI, soon thereafter leaving the OSI in the hands of a Microsofter (in the Board); nowadays the OSI’s official blog is routinely used to promote Microsoft job ads, proprietary GitHub and even worse things. And it’s not limited to Microsoft. Look who nowadays speaks on behalf of OSI (in public events as recent as this year’s). Look who those people work for.

I love the GPL. But the media told me to say I'm with 'Open Source' so I took the dive...
Linux founder in the pool. Credit: Photo published by Thayvian, 17 January 2004 (linux.conf.au).

Well, “Open Source” was never a genuine attempt at making Free software more widespread and popular; but at least there was that claim (from the likes of Bruce Perens). If there was ever any sincerity, it’s now all lost and/or hijacked. You threw out RMS along with his baby and the bathwater. You threw up in our collective faces. We vomit back at ‘cha.

“My 25-year-old child, the Free Software Movement, occupies most of my life, leaving no room for more children…”

Richard Stallman (around 2008)

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