08.03.21

IBM’s Attack on the Community and on GPL/FSF is an Attack on Red Hat’s Greatest Asset

Posted in Deception, FSF, GNU/Linux, GPL, IBM, Red Hat, Servers at 6:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IBM has no clue what it's doing (and it has lost someone who knew better, Mr. Allowhurst)

We've made centos users become IBM customers, but it didn't work because of Alma, Rocky, Debian etc.
IBM attacks what it cannot understand (or cannot control)

Summary: Ever since IBM bought Red Hat it has repeatedly attacked the FSF (in a malicious and personified fashion), looking for its own ‘copyright grab’ whilst outsourcing loads of code to proprietary software monopolisers who attack the GPL; by doing so, IBM is destroying the value of what it paid more than 30 billion dollars for (IBM is governed by pretentious fools, according to IBM insiders; they’ve already lost Red Hat’s longtime CEO and IBM’s new President), so it’s falling back on openwashing of IBM's proprietary software with help from the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation

08.02.21

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

Linspire Should Be Avoided in 2021 Just Like It Was Avoided 14 Years Ago

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Google, Linspire, Microsoft, Xandros at 9:42 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ab5b8a4ae65a514a3fdcc1898424c8e0

Summary: The brand “Linspire” was brought back, but the agenda seems to be more or less the same, namely pushing proprietary software and serving Microsoft’s commercial agenda (in ‘Linux’ clothing)

FOURTEEN years ago we called for a boycott of Linspire for its patent collusion with Microsoft. The same happened with Xandros, which would buy Linspire and temporarily push Freespire. That failed just like Novell and Turbolinux. Where are they today? Nowhere! Making alliances with Microsoft always leads to major blunders… and eventually commercial failure.

“That failed just like Novell and Turbolinux.”Well, the name “Linspire” has been repurposed. A few years ago this strange comeback was noticed with a worrisome slant — a Microsoft-centric “Linspire”, pushing Microsoft vendor lock-in, surveillance etc.

Microsoft and Linspire 2007
Trying the same thing all over again is assurance of failure

Not much has changed since then. Below we add two new links [1,2] (comments here; it’s boosted by Microsoft boosters who simultaneously promote other attacks on GNU/Linux) showing Linspire/Xandros as boosters of monopolies and surveillance, not just by Microsoft but also Google. That’s missing the whole point of GNU/Linux, pushing some sort of Microsoft-centric ChromeOS instead. They push Microsoft proprietary software out of the box (“With the Office 365 edition Bing will also be the default homepage and the default search engine in Google Chrome”) and brag about selling this. Whose agenda is served here? The issue is discussed in the video above.
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  1. Linspire-Based Freespire Announces “Entirely New Direction” With Cloud Apps…

    What started off as Lindows twenty years ago as an easy-to-use Linux-based operating system with great Wine integration and easy application support but then changed to Linspire following a Microsoft lawsuit has had quite a journey. PC/OpenSystems LLC revived Linspire after a multi-year gap following the closure of Xandros and since then it’s been a rather peculiar platform. Today they are now shifting focus once again.

  2. Roberto’s Ramblings: Linspires new direction explained

    For the past year we have internally at PC/OpenSystems LLC launched a project called CLOUD9. The aim of this project was to create an OS that utilized cloud apps in replacement of traditional desktop applications. Some of those manifested themselves into Xandros Cloud but we wanted to bring that to all of our desktop users. Some of the efforts were successful (Xandros Cloud Office 365 was our best seller for our education customers and some of our enterprise customers) But we wanted to make the best Cloud centric OS that we could.

    [...]

    Xandros OpenDesktop 2021 will come in two flavors. Standard Edition with all the Google services preinstalled and Office 365 edition which will utilize Microsofts web services. With the Office 365 edition Bing will also be the default homepage and the default search engine in Google Chrome. Both will ship with .NET Core, Powershell and Visual Studios Code. Local apps will include, Chrome, Video Player, Rhythmbox, games, Shotwell and Krita for image editing. Both editions of Xandros OpenDesktop will also include all the proprietary media codecs and DVD/Blu-Ray support

07.29.21

Crying “Wolf!” About Systemd is Only Beneficial to IBM and Systemd Developers/Pushers

Posted in GNU/Linux, IBM, Kernel, Microsoft, Red Hat at 4:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum dfb6c8618976a1acd9504672379b8cbf

Summary: Microsoft controls Systemd only to the extent that Systemd is controlled by GitHub, which is in turn controlled by Microsoft; But Systemd has long been on that proprietary platform (its developers don’t truly value software freedom) and this has long been a problem, even before Microsoft hijacked it for coercive power

THE position or stance we maintain/hold/have regarding IBM is negative enough already and it’s based on hard facts, not gut feelings and/or speculations; so suffice to say we’re Systemd sceptics. Even worse than sceptics since well before IBM bought Red Hat. For the same reasons we implored Red Hat’s software patents for over a decade (IBM lobbies for such patents) and expressed concerns/reservations regarding Red Hat’s monopolistic tendencies.

But having said that, there’s a danger that everything negative being said about Systemd will be accepted as true, irrespective of underlying facts. Falsehoods or false claims won’t help us. To make matters worse, they open up the possibility/ies of straw man arguments from people whom we criticise — in the same way Bill Gates likes to pretend that all his critics are just envious “conspiracy theorists”.

So anyway, cutting to the chase, judging by comments and articles in Phoronix (a site we support with growing caution), including this morning’s headline that starts with “Systemd/Microsoft” (it’s discussed in the video above), one might think that Systemd is some evil plot from Microsoft, but that’s clearly not the case. However, this is where discussions seem to go or eventually gravitate towards.

“I’m a lot more concerned about full-time Microsoft staff managing Linus Torvalds at the Linux Foundation and Microsoft’s Levin announcing all the stable kernel releases several weeks ago (when Greg K-H was on holiday/break… maybe ill).”I actually examined the claim more than a month ago (32 days ago) when I first saw it, but there was barely any smoke, let alone a fire. I’m a lot more concerned about full-time Microsoft staff managing Linus Torvalds at the Linux Foundation and Microsoft’s Levin announcing all the stable kernel releases several weeks ago (when Greg K-H was on holiday/break… maybe ill). Torvalds should never be bossed by people who are in turn bossed by sociopaths from Microsoft. We need to put things in perspective and check whether we risk moving adrift (and away from the legitimate and most pressing issues).

This isn’t limited to software by the way. To borrow one example, we’ve already witnessed EPO propaganda claiming that EPO critics (who condemn EPO management) are nationalists or Nazis or something totally insane. We even saw claims about “Russia” (as if Russia runs the world and is hiding behind every corner/under every rock).

Let’s not walk into unsupported territories.

07.28.21

The One Reason I Cannot Get ‘Google News’ (or Google) Completely Out of My Life

Posted in GNU/Linux, Google at 2:12 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum bdb7fdcb69239f51ea841f32963e79d5

Summary: Google has got almost a monopoly on (nearly) real-time news syndication; this is why, for our Daily Links at least, we still rely on Google News to a certain extent

THE way we gather news has evolved a lot over the years; it actually predates this Web site as I’ve posted many GNU/Linux-related links on a daily basis since 2004 or 2005 (back then it was mostly in newsgroups/USENET, later social control media such as Digg.com).

“The Google monopoly in this area generally lowered Google’s incentive to maintain any sort of proper quality control (same as in social control media).”I’ve seen the rise and fall of blogs, I’ve witnessed the demise of RSS feeds, and various incarnations of social control media — partly responsible for this still-ongoing war on RSS.

Although Google barely advertises RSS feeds anymore (and the Google-funded Mozilla also reduced focus on such user-centric technology), they’re still available, albeit sometimes a little hidden.

Google News is the only thing from Google that I still use because sadly there’s no potent alternative to it (other than subscribing to many thousands of sites over RSS and then filtering the results, which can be a lot of computational work that barely scales for one user or few users).

In this video I explain how I manage to overcome the truly awful signal/noise ratio that plagued Google News in recent years. Sadly, they also started syndicating and including spam/plagiarism sites while delisting totally legitimate sites.

The Google monopoly in this area generally lowered Google’s incentive to maintain any sort of proper quality control (same as in social control media). Spying increased too, but by blocking JS and redirections one can mitigate a bit.

That’s just my personal experience. Let us know yours, e.g. in our IRC channels (incidentally, there this decent new article about IRC today).

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

Posted in Deception, FUD, GNU/Linux, Patents, Security at 5:53 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 9970fa71cb2d3e14bd46feb717c52919

Summary: 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…

07.27.21

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

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Kernel, Marketing, Microsoft at 1:33 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum bba2c20a516b751008c9f77ef715f310

Summary: 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)

THE so-called Linux Foundation (or corporate ‘Linux’ Foundation or Zemlin PAC or whatnot) is trying to inspire confidence in monopolies, not in Linux. It’s a longstanding problem we’ve been writing about for years. We even said that Linus Torvalds should consider doing something to protect his trademark (also from his employer).

BobbyThe video above concerns a new example, which for the time being is a press release [1, 2] about this IBM PR stunt, mentioned here recently before the “Linux” brand was borrowed to promote proprietary Watson and some code in proprietary GitHub.

“IBM wants to be viewed as a company that saves the world, in effect compensating for a very dark past (including racism against dark-skinned people).”We expect that PR mouthpieces of the proprietary software world, including Jim Zemlin (proprietary software user), will soon add their ‘voice’ to the press release with a bunch of mindless, shallow, obligatory (to the sponsor) puff pieces. IBM wants to be viewed as a company that saves the world, in effect compensating for a very dark past (including racism against dark-skinned people).

GNU/Linux turns 38

Recording Videos With Webcamoid on GNU/Linux

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Videos at 6:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum a6b04443e9e526b453959dfe3be5ca26

WebcamoidSummary: 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

THe first Webcamoid video we made followed earlier ones about GTK-RecordMyDesktop. We were very inexperienced at the time (NoiseTorch not used yet and webcam captured with considerable lag through the framebuffer), but we learn along the way and we still use very low-cost equipment. The gear is available on any cheap laptop and the programs we use cost nothing (they’re also free as in freedom, never mind the price).

“We are hoping to get back to the old pace of about 3 videos per day.”We’ve come a long way since making videos about the EPO back in December. Our journey hopefully helps explain how to make videos fast, on the cheap, using nothing but freedom-respecting software. A lot of the pipeline (processing, transcoding, uploading, indexing) is done through shell scripts with ffmpeg, rsync, and other phenomenal (scriptable) bits of software.

Without some forms of automation we would not be able to produce as many videos per day. We are hoping to get back to the old pace of about 3 videos per day. This past week was exceptionally slow (about a dozen in a week).

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