08.04.21

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

08.03.21

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

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)

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

[Meme] There’s Always a Way (When Financial Results Are Not So Good…)

Posted in Deception, Finance, IBM, Microsoft at 3:56 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Kombucha Girl: Financial Results Not So Good... what if I rebranded everything 'cloud' and created new brands to fake 'growth'?
Not just Microsoft anymore… IBM does that too.

Summary: Too many US ‘tech’ companies still lie to their investors. They choose financial engineering instead of real engineering.

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

07.24.21

Support the Founders of GNU and Linux, Besieged by People and Corporations That Hate Development Communities and Seek Oppressive Monopoly Over Everything

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft at 4:49 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum e9467cde25953897a0ddf8f1d72d9208

Summary: The founders of GNU and Linux (Stallman and Torvalds, respectively) want to give us free (as in freedom) software by which to control our destiny; the forces looking to demonise and marginalise both of them don’t have the same objectives (to whom they’re antithetical)

THE OLD monopolists (IBM in the mid-twentieth century and Microsoft in the later part of that century) don’t want people to control their computers and be in charge of their computing. What’s the surprise here? There’s no business model to it. They’d rather keep people perpetually dependent on corporations and, via corporations, dependent on governments too.

The brave new world... They called it LinuxworldThere’s a rarely explored theme in society and in civil society’s history, as seen in the antiwar movement and fights for a vote, for a fair salary, sick leave etc. What corporations want is very often the exact opposite of their workers’ needs. In the EPO, which nowadays acts like a for-profit corporation, Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos have treated patent examiners (i.e. people who do all the actual work) like disposable junk.

“Don’t let these career lobbyists dictate what we want or need. They don’t represent people (corporations are not people), they represent or front for the interests of money and power.”In the video above I express my thoughts about the current situation, seeing that the war on Stallman has mostly calmed down (for now) and Torvalds barely gets to make big decisions in his own project. There are several recent examples of the latter. Rust (funded by Google, developed by Mozilla, hosted by Microsoft) is a prominent instance of corporations/monopolies making the big decisions through front groups called “security” something while the corporate media portrays issues like weak passwords as a “Linux” problem (we shared several examples of that in our Daily Links this past week).

Remember that we’re stronger together and some groups that only claim to represent communities (e.g. GNOME Foundation and Linux Foundation) may in fact be partly or fully captured by monopolies. Don’t let these career lobbyists dictate what we want or need. They don’t represent people (corporations are not people), they represent or front for the interests of money and power.

Of note (from the video): How To Sign the Letter in Support of Richard Stallman Without GitHub

07.16.21

ZDNet as a News Source is a Hoax

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft at 3:13 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 747e027bb04774a5570cc694124ba529

Summary: Today we examine how ZDNet covers “Linux” and what that should tell people who wrongly assume ZDNet is a legitimate news source

THE Web site ZDNet may look like a news site; once upon a time it probably was a news source. But nowadays it’s like a marketing agency disguised as “news agency” and we know who its clients are. They’re in the job of deceiving unsuspecting readers. The video above focuses on how ZDNet covers “Linux”, based on the latest examples.

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