08.04.21

GNU/Linux Users, Developers and Advocates Being Painted as Unruly and Rude by Corporate Media Looking to Undermine Software Freedom

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 6:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum d9454d6683def04335771df0b30595a9

Summary: Corporate media, funded by companies that nonchalantly oppress people, would have us believe there’s something wrong with people who reject corporate masters in their computing; reality, however, suggests that it is a wholly false narrative induced or cemented by endless repetition, so this framing ought to be rejected outright

THE potential power of projection tactics is often underestimated at peril or risk to ourselves; yesterday we showed how scammers claim to be the victims of "scammers", and in the context of GNU/Linux we habitually see accusations against its users (or developers) that shamelessly distract from the accusers’ own behaviour. To give just one example, which is probably recent enough to remember, IBM claims to be saving lives when IBM is in fact partly responsible for history’s worst genocides and racism against blacks. Where does IBM summon this audacity to accuse anybody of racism???

Why are Free software activists so rude? That's Just Something Abusive Coprporations SayIn the previous post (“The Free Software Community Needs Solidarity and Stronger Resistance Against Corporate Oligopolies With Their Overlapping Interests”), which is discussed in the video above, we show the extent/lengths to which this sort of spin can go; they have money and they dominate the media (using the media’s thirst for cash), so they get to control some ‘coin-operated’ liars in ‘journalist’ clothing. They shame grassroots communities while hailing racist corporations. When they’re confronted over their lies they proceed to claim to have been “trolled” by some “rude” people. Who provoked who?

“Their goal is to scuttle anything that’s not serving their sponsors.”This is a very common strategy of narrative inversion; the abuser, which is well rewarded financially for the abuse, claims to be the victim of “abuse”; we oughtn’t fall for it. Because if we do, then they will split us apart and spit into our well. Their goal is to scuttle anything that’s not serving their sponsors.

We could go on and name some of the culprits (publishers, authors, etc.) but keeping the description generic enough is probably beneficial as it averts unneeded controversy and sidesteps accusations of ad hominem attacks (which is actually what those culprits themselves are doing). Spotting the projection tactics is always worthwhile because it makes responses/rebuttals a lot easier. In due course, if liars walk away because they’re rebutted effectively, they may refrain from doing more of the same, as guilt and shame tend to accompany dishonesty.

I’ve been doing advocacy for Free software since my early twenties and I’ve seen plenty of these liars (or corporate spinners) walking away, vanishing abruptly or gradually. We hardly hear the name “Enderle” anymore and publication volume in sites like ZDNet is decreasing. The thing about chronic lying is, overdoing it diminishes the impact and over time the incentive to do that just isn’t there anymore.

Our hope is that the likes of IBM will quit trolling the community and defaming people; we see what proxies (if not employees then media that they pay) engage in defamation, and the financial harm caused by retaliation from communities may beget cessation. In Microsoft’s case, they’ve become more clever in the way they attack or belittle GNU/Linux because they’ve come to realise that FUD is detrimental to sales (many of their customers also use GNU/Linux). Vigilance certainly goes a long way and pointing out errors discourages repetition of these errors (or intentional lies).

One way to help the Free software cause is to respond and correct; if claims are being made of all sorts of “isms”, then we need to examine the underlying evidence and if there’s insufficient evidence we can talk about it. A lot of the time we may find hypocrisy and double standards from the accusers (projection) and talking about it publicly can certainly discourage repetition. It really does work!

Remember that 15 years ago we focused on responding to lies told by Microsoft and Novell. Over time they shifted the targets, moved the goalposts, and changed their story. At the end Novell simply collapsed and Microsoft’s dream of universal “Linux tax” didn’t work out. It only temporarily worked to a certain extent and now they’re incapable of suing companies over patents in relation to “Linux” because it would cause a massive backlash and customer exodus. Microsoft still hates Linux, but it cannot say so publicly. Microsoft still fights against the GPL (see Copilot), but it is paying the SFC to infiltrate events about copyleft and hijack keynote slots. There is an extensive campaign of deception and we should be too wise to fall for it. The better we prepare to confront the deception, the less likely this deception is to recur. At some point it goes away completely. Then we win… the argument.

The Free Software Community Needs Solidarity and Stronger Resistance Against Corporate Oligopolies With Their Overlapping Interests

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Kernel, Microsoft at 1:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Don’t be fooled by the cabal of large and usually monopolistic corporations, which generally pursue back doors and government/military contracts, especially when they rear their ugly heads through their abusive operatives (social engineering with pseudo-ethical arguments)

Krusty Krab Vs Chum Bucket: GNU/Linux Freedom
“Userbase” or “useds” is not what we’re meant to be; Corporate overlords want us all to be their "slaves"

Summary: Linus Torvalds and Richard Stallman (RMS) do not have to be idolised (“cult of personalities”) but they definitely need to be defended from a longstanding and ongoing corporate coup, which the corporations seek to justify using nicer-sounding terms like “security” (that’s how they justify added complexity such as Rust) or “safe space” (they’re collectively insulting the community as if only employees of monopolies can help combat bigotry)

Richard Stallman (RMS) has not publicly spoken since May (in his latest appearance he asked people so sign a petition in support of him being reinstated inside the FSF’s Board) and there has been no update for weeks in the pro-RMS petition. No new signatures added or at least none displayed. Is that stalled? Is the maintainer of this petition now doing that addition in larger batches (that seems to have been true before), more so after the 6,800th signature was registered and displayed? Some readers might say, “who cares!” or “why does that even matter?”

“It has now been over 40 days since an IBM employee changed the anti-RMS hate letter (removing a signature), but the defamation is still fully in tact inside of that letter.”It does not matter all that much, it might even be largely symbolic, but a similar situation happens in Linux, the kernel, where Torvalds nowadays more willingly accepts Microsoft patches that he previously blasted for their poor quality (bad coding standards, and not for the first time either; Greg K-H publicly complained about that in the distant past).

It has now been over 40 days since an IBM employee changed the anti-RMS/hate letter (removing a signature), but the defamation is still fully in tact inside of that letter. It continues to do harm by spreading false accusations. They just change the names at the bottom of of the letter. Bully de Blanc, who played a key role in it, has since been rendered unemployed. That was around the time of the last edit (21 June 2021).

“Large corporations want them out of the way because leadership vacuums give way for more corporate domination over otherwise-grassroots projects/movements.”It is very important that we defend the likes of Torvalds and Stallman, even if we do not like them or agree with them much of the time. Because they’re being targeted (they still are! It’s thinly-veiled). Large corporations want them out of the way because leadership vacuums give way for more corporate domination over otherwise-grassroots projects/movements. They want shareholders rather than a moral compass in charge. Similarly, EPO staff has been in urgent of defending the union and staff representatives, even when (or if) some of their actions were harder to support. We know what the lesser evil is; we know what the greater evil is, as we noted in passing yesterday. Interests intersect; not ours.

Now Available: SQL Server 2019 on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 in AWS Marketplace
Yesterday: Red Hat (IBM) happy for people to ‘buy’ Microsoft’s proprietary software (which does not even truly run on GNU/Linux) while it’s actively attacking/undercutting the FSF

08.02.21

Freenode is IRC… in Collapse

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 12:23 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Freenode one week

Summary: Freenode is now down to just 13,194 online users, which makes it the 6th biggest IRC network. Months ago it was #1 with almost 6 times as many users as those below it. The graph above shows what the latest blunder has done (another massive drop in less than a week, with a poem and the all-time chart at the very bottom).

Andrew-Lee

Freenode is FOSS
So said the BOSS
ROOT gave a TOSS
Wanted us to trust the ToS

l0de

Onboard came the edgy
It seemed kind of sketchy
Database down with the wedgie
IRC.com is fund-hedgy

bagira

No more anon access
Users and channels gettin’ nervous
A “RITUAL DEFAMATION” thesis
But self-harm being the Nemesis

Freenode all years

Barrier and Synergy Can Work Together, Connecting Lots of Different Machines

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux at 11:28 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 504e3afe6abb01e0c9465ee2ce4eb1d2

Summary: Barrier and Synergy can be configured to work properly in conjunction, though only provided different port numbers (non-default) are specified; in my current setup I have two computers to my right, working over Barrier, and two older ones on the left, working over Synergy; the video explains the setup and the underlying concepts

SOFTWARE- or network-based KVM (not the kernel “KVM”) is a wonderful thing with a rich history* and present. For software KVM, in the Free software world there are several options (outside the realm of it there are dozens!) and the most famous one is explained in the above video as I’ve used it for over a decade on many machines and became somewhat of a ‘guru’ at it (out of necessity, I’ve even built things from source when I had difficulties).

In my current setup I get to control 5 low-cost computers (or 8 screens in total) with just one keyboard and one mouse, using both barrier and synergy in conjunction (they’re mostly based on the same code, but the latter, which is the original, became “Open Core”, whereas the former is now the default in GNU/Linux distributions because it is Free software).

Here’s Barrier on my main system (the “server” in the context of this setup):

Barrier settings

Here’s Synergy:

synergy-settings

In the video I also mention quicksynergy, but it may be mostly obsolete by now though older distros still have it in their repository. It makes setup a lot simpler and faster (hence “quick” in the name). It might be considered obsolete by now, but it still works. With command line tools it’s also possible to configure everything to work in the background since startup (no GUIs required), but the learning curve is steeper.
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* According to Wikipedia: “Ibus, a now defunct computer company, secured patent US5388032,[1] filed May 4, 1993, showing a KVM with a “discriminator” to connect to multiple computers. The “discriminator” is now known as a KVM switch.” That’s the source of the name. It is a concept that goes nearly 3 decades back. Many people still don’t know about it and never saw it in action.

07.31.21

[Meme] Mozilla Has Turned From Technical to Marketing

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, Marketing at 8:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Homer Simpson's Back Fat: Mozilla Firefox, codename 'Proton'
Are a bunch of scientific-sounding codenames such as “Proton” enough to retain and moreover bring back users? History suggests “no”…

Summary: Way back, long before Mozilla and Firefox got hijacked by politics (turning Mozilla into a VPN reseller that lies about its stance on privacy), geeks were driving the company, not corporate lawyers and spying/marketing people

5 Web browsers

RAM of 5 Web browsers

07.30.21

‘Open Source’ as a Failed Initiative

Posted in Free/Libre Software, OSI at 6:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 1ff48579187cd76587d121fd6d2d44f6

Summary: A closer look at the dire state of the Open Source Initiative, or OSI, which no longer protects Open Source (let alone software freedom) but instead helps openwashing, Microsoft entrapment, and a coup against the FSF

THE OSI situation which we spoke about last night [1, 2] is further aggravation of an already-fatal prognosis. Things got a lot worse (and very fast) a year ago when the General Manager left and months ago we saw the current (“interim”) General Manager viciously attacking Richard Stallman. Some even accused her of borderline antisemitism (in the mailing list).

Hong Phuc Dang announces victory on LinkedInThe latest episode in this circling-down-the-drain drama isn’t pretty. It looks like they’re once again failing to run an election and people have already noticed the creaks. Their system isn’t working and there’s nobody truly in charge. They lack technical skills and a lack of legal background is impossible to compensate for with shallow politics.

“They keep telling us that the FSF is “irrelevant”, but that’s just a case of wishful thinking and an act of projection.”At the moment the OSI is trying to sink the FSF, hoping that by taking other boats down under the OSI can somehow still maintain some relevance. They keep telling us that the FSF is “irrelevant”, but that’s just a case of wishful thinking and an act of projection. Long live copyleft. Sharing is caring, so happy sharing (and hacking).

07.29.21

Half the People in This Letter Are IBM Employees

Posted in Free/Libre Software, FSF, IBM, Red Hat at 9:35 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Spot the pattern: Guix Petition Demographic Data, by Figosdev (IBM wants volunteers as “slaves” of IBM)

ibm-gnu-cla

Summary: IBM seems to be continuing its war on the FSF because IBM wants to own everything (CentOS being ‘canned’ was just part of the plan)

The OSI’s Defunct Elections (Privacy Breach), Conflict of Interest (Nicholson), and Other Lingering Problems

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft, OSI at 7:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

OSI privacy issue

OSI privacy issues. I don’t think we’re supposed to see the voters’ data (publicly accessible here as the front end or the corresponding .json file).

Summary: The above, together with an email from the OSI below, serves to show they’re re-running a bad election and — yet worse! — there appears to be a conflict of interest implicating the OSI’s sole member of staff!

THE OSI is in a state of disarray following the abrupt departure of its sole member of staff one year ago. Coordination is poor, the agenda has shifted in a negative way/direction (like attacks on the FSF), and this is what its interim manager said in a message:

As an Individual Member of the Open Source Initiative who joined by March 4th, you are eligible to vote in the re-run Open Source Initiative’s 2021 Board of Directors election. This email includes important information about the election and voting process.

CANDIDATES:

This year TWO (2) Individual Member seats are open. You may view the candidate profiles/bios here:

https://wiki.opensource.org/bin/Main/OSI%20Board%20of%20Directors/Board%20Member%20Elections/2021%20Individual%20and%20Affiliate%20Elections/

VOTING:

Elections for OSI Directors are held according to Approval Voting
- see Wikipedia for more information on Approval Voting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approval_voting

Each voter may “approve of” (i.e., “vote for”) any number of candidates, from none (0) to all eleven (11). The winners of the election will be the two candidates who receive the most votes from the voting Individual Members

IMPORTANT!!!

To cast a vote, you will be led through the following steps.

1. Log into Helios (your credentials are included below).

2. Select (“approve”) your preferred candidate(s).

3. Review/Confirm your ballot (i.e. who you voted for), then “Submit” your ballot.

4. CAST YOUR BALLOT: PLEASE NOTE, YOU MUST ALSO “CAST YOUR BALLOT” on the screen appearing after you submit your ballot.

IF YOU FAIL TO CLICK THE “CAST YOUR BALLOT” BUTTON YOUR VOTE WILL NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE FINAL TALLY.

IMPORTANT DATES:
* July 26, 2021 (11:00 am PDT): Elections open
* August 6, 2021 (4:59 pm PDT): Elections close
* August 9, 2021 (11:00 am PDT): : Run-off elections open (if needed)
* August 13, 2021 (5:00 pm PDT): Run-off elections close
* August 23, 2021: New Board Directors seated
* First meeting August 24 and 25, 2021

QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions feel free to contact Deb Nicholson at d.nicholson@opensource.org

Election URL: https://vote.heliosvoting.org/helios/e/JulyIndividual2021/vote

Have lessons been learned from the last time around?

We’re not too sure.

The OSI elections… again seem to have a security/privacy issue, compromising the integrity of the whole process. As one source told us (see screenshot, links etc. at the top), issues linger on “and then there’s this privacy concern.”

“The OSI elections… again seem to have a security/privacy issue, compromising the integrity of the whole process.”“sjvn hasn’t voted yet,” the source noted. Are we supposed to even know that? “Shows all members and whether they voted or not to the general public…”

This is bad enough in its own right, especially given prior events and context (compromised election).

“However,” our source added, “I saw the OSI elections are currently being… reheld. So, not sure because I did not document who was going for elections but… I noticed Salt there. He has a long standing relationship with Nicholson, the Interim General Manager. So, Salt running for a position where he has history with the “manager” is odd, but we are well aware of the cronyism in the past. What really struck me was his bio, where he discusses paid positions for Executive Director and staff.”

To quote:

Why I am running

The OSI is a leading voice when it comes to the conversation surrounding free/libre/open culture and values. It is currently at a point of inflection, transitioning from an (almost) entirely volunteer-driven organization, to one with an Executive Director and paid staff.

Yes, “paid staff.” Like a company. That would more or less confirm what the OSI has become. It diverts more than half of its funds into Microsoft GitHub promotion, i.e. proprietary software. Is this the future of OSI?

“That would more or less confirm what the OSI has become. It diverts more than half of its funds into Microsoft GitHub promotion, i.e. proprietary software.”As our source noted: “This could get interesting!”

The cronyism at the EPO comes to mind (Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos stuffing or staffing up the management with friends of theirs, not qualified people).

We shall patiently watch the next steps.

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