10.03.21

Linus Torvalds is Not in Charge Anymore, All Important Decisions Are Made by Monopolistic Corporations

Posted in GPL, Kernel at 5:44 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 5edbf42accd71d6b95836f29843d3508

Summary: The corporate users of Linux, the kernel at least, call all the shots; they try to do the same to GNU, so ordinary users and grassroots movements are left mostly in the dark, and that’s jeopardising users’ basic freedoms

THE Linux Foundation (LF) and its media partners (read: paid media, puff piece factories) have long been pushing Linux to adopt Rust. We wrote about it many times before.

“This is a major regression, but it is encouraged by the same media that cheers for the bloated World Wide Web, a failed project that became all about proprietary spying by Web giants, farming people and their minds.”In this age when students cannot grasp the concept of files and directories (or “folders” as Microsoft-funded media likes to put it) we’re meant to think better code will come from proprietary software like GitHub and a bunch of bloated frameworks, too complex for any single person to properly understand and audit. This is a major regression, but it is encouraged by the same media that cheers for the bloated World Wide Web, a failed project that became all about proprietary spying by Web giants, farming people and their minds.

The video above concerns the public appearance of Linus Torvalds, whose appearance shows rapid deterioration in health; compare the photos to this older appearance of his (same two individuals). We focus on this Linux Foundation-funded article, especially the parts about corporate Rust, a fake ‘community’ that censors critics of corporations like Microsoft. These are the sorts of people who push developers towards Microsoft’s monopoly and it won't end there. It seems perfectly clear to us that Torvalds is not truly in charge since they sent him to therapists as if he had committed thought-crime.

“The video above notes that the employer of Torvalds does not like copyleft; it loves Microsoft and it outsources code to Microsoft’s proprietary software and monopolisation trap, which actively encourages people to violate the GPL.”“Linus stated and emphasized that choosing the GPL for Linux was one of his best decisions,” an associate of ours said today. “Those might have been the real words which actually got him in trouble more recently.” The video above notes that the employer of Torvalds does not like copyleft; it loves Microsoft and it outsources code to Microsoft’s proprietary software and monopolisation trap, which actively encourages people to violate the GPL.

Our associate recalls the role played by RMS inspiring a lot of very important projects, just like we’re meant to think that Torvalds’ Git is to be replaced by GitHub and Microsoft is our new overlord (they already engage in E.E.E. against Git, turning it into proprietary). “Regarding the origins and inspirations for the WWW, Wikipedia, and Creative Commons,” the associate notes, “there has been a lot of revisionism or at least omission lately. RMS used to get mentioned a lot more before the last 10 years of campaigns to wipe him and the F-word from history.” (F as in freedom)

“Linus [Torvalds] has consistently pointed out the advantages of C over the others. Some of the claimed advantages of Rust are not there. According to the one picture, he has aged terribly during the last year [...] “The New Stack” article makes selective quotes so it is hard to see the full context of Linus’ comments about Rust. However, the one quote does show that it will start to taint the mainline kernel soon. I do not trust “The New Stack” (TNS) at all. that’s one of the reasons I’d like to see the comments in their context. [...] Slashdot only has the TNS article, no video.”

If we find the video, we will share and analyse further. No spin by LF-funded media operatives (we know LF is indebted not to Linux but to the corporations that control LF).

09.25.21

The Corporate Coup Against the Soul of the Free Software Community Is Not Over

Posted in Deception, Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 9:54 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7aae2b19743ecec30dc69a131f5871dd

Summary: The erosion of community role in the development of GNU/Linux is a growing problem; part of the problem is that large corporations target technical and philosophical (perceived) leaders in coordinated smear campaigns, led by media they own

THE operating system many people who read Techrights are using was developed in the mid 80s. It was developed initially by a man in his 30s, who recently embarked on a visit to eastern Europe to give talks in spite of all the mobbing from the media, mostly distracting from actual Epstein enablers and allies such as Bill Gates.

In the early 90s a young student from Finland developed an operating system kernel known as Linux. Together with the former, GNU, it adds up to a solid operating system with many pertinent programs, including GNU core utilities (new major release yesterday).

“Just like the Web, which was captured by large and monopolistic corporations that eventually put DRM in it, Linux is being captured by some of those same corporations and their agenda is similar.”These two gentlemen and their friends spent decades developing a system which some have dubbed “revolution OS” — an operating system (OS) which gradually replaces proprietary ones in every sector, whether it’s servers or small devices (like phones). With locked-down things like handheld consoles and Chromebooks — not that they advance freedom in any meaningful way — this “revolution OS” (GNU/Linux) is fast becoming the de facto standard everywhere.

It’s not too shocking that the big corporations are trying to control both GNU and Linux. But in order to accomplish this they’ve been trying to implement coups, a slow process by which they gradually weaken a community role or ownership (Linux Foundation is all about passing ownership to its sponsors).

“The trouble started when it [the Linux Foundation] cancelled the community representation…”
      –Techrights Associate
The video above is inspired by a chat we had this morning.

since doing this video the total number of known (to Lupa) Gemini capsules jumped a couple more to 1,668. We’ll exceed 2,000 some time soon, maybe in a couple of months. Just like the Web, which was captured by large and monopolistic corporations that eventually put DRM in it, Linux is being captured by some of those same corporations and their agenda is similar.

We need to resist the coup. This means we need to support the founders, even those we don't always agree with. Power vacuums are almost always being filled by corporations, which sometimes themselves engineer those vacuums based on false pretexts. This accurately describes what has been done to Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux.

“That CoC crap did its job in distracting from the infiltration and destruction. Heck, they even signed Linus up for unnecessary treatment.”
      –Techrights Associate
“Linus needs to take his trademark, fork the code, and walk,” an associate of ours notes. “I hope he has at least given the idea consideration. I presume that regardless of his inclinations he is afraid of the huge amount of administrivia and financing required to start anew. The trouble started when it [the Linux Foundation] cancelled the community representation [...] the removal of community representation was a huge warning [as] the corruption arrived quickly. What could be done to ensure a slower takeover of a replacement institution? A lot of it comes down to the individuals participating and their integrity. However, they are supported in staying on track by sound guidelines and maybe the right charter. That CoC crap did its job in distracting from the infiltration and destruction. Heck, they even signed Linus up for unnecessary treatment.”

“In Business Insider,” I’ve noted, “they stated clearly that he had been signed for therapists as if he was mentally ill. Smacks of Communist Russia. I regard that a form of self-humiliation and degradation, akin to what was done to Assange to demoralise him [and] the stallman.org site has not been the same. RMS-lite, Linus-lite. That’s how the authorities like it. Self-censorship. Lithuania says that China now enforces this using ‘phones’.”

“With Assange lies and disinformation still circulate. And some of those who were actively spreading those lies are still around in FOSS circles…”
      –Techrights Associate
The associate says that “inappropriate, wrong, and unnecessary medical treatment was / is used as a form of torture.”

“With Assange lies and disinformation still circulate. And some of those who were actively spreading those lies are still around in FOSS circles…”

It may sound like it’s all just “old news”, but it is not. “The important thing is to show both that it has been a long-term problem and that it is highly relevant in the current environment,” the associate stresses.

09.13.21

The Register Cannot Stop Trolling Linus Torvalds (It Recently Corrected Falsehoods in the Headlines, But No Lessons Have Been Learned)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 8:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7029e9635158e447f2f31d72eca1474d

Summary: The media coverage about “Linux 5.15-rc1″ says a lot about the general agenda of many publications, such as The Register with Microsoft operatives inside it

TWELVE hours after Linus Torvalds had announced the closing of the merge windows (page will be updated with more news picks as they arrive) we began to see the typical slant from Linux-hostile people. It’s not a new habit and it is done consistently, not merely as clickbait because underlying facts too get distorted (previously, after Torvalds protested the matter the headline was modified/corrected as well).

“Too much marketing, obligatory (paid-for) puff pieces, and sponsored fluff.”The above is a rant about the sort of ‘news’ coverage we nowadays find about Linux; sometimes it’s not about Linux at all and oftentimes it’s just misusing the brand to say something negative about things that aren’t Linux. If the media perishes and if “professional” (paid) journalism dies, maybe it is well deserved. We’re struggling to find anything that can be labeled journalism in today’s “tech” press. Too much marketing, obligatory (paid-for) puff pieces, and sponsored fluff.

“Mind Control: To control mental output you have to control mental input. Take control of the channels by which developers receive information, then they can only think about the things you tell them. Thus, you control mindshare!”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

09.06.21

Linus Torvalds Fights Back Against Microsoft’s Latest Attempt to Hijack His Projects or Kidnap His ‘Babies’ (Linux and Git)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 2:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f9c6121d6e92ec01e0771201e4491580

Summary: Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux and Git, isn’t having it with Microsoft and its partners; 3 years ago dishonest monopolists worked to oust him over his supposedly ‘rude’ messages and the exploitative Linux Foundation sent him to therapists over it as if he was 'ill' for daring to protect his work (they still try)

THE EFFORT to impose Microsoft file systems on Linux users — with or without patent tax (see Tuxera) — goes well more than a decade back. It dates back to pre-GitHub days and we wrote many articles about it, even in recent years [1, 2, 3].

“Towards the end of the video I discuss why GitHub is also a legal threat and an attack on all of us…”Last year we cautioned about ongoing attempts to push Linux from Git to GitHub (from free-as-in-freedom software and autonomy to Microsoft proprietary software oppression) and now we see attempts to impose GitHub and at the same time Microsoft file systems on Linux users. They want to make that part of the core of the kernel’s storage-related code. In the video above I discuss the reaction from Torvalds (screenshot below with highlights added), who has long opposed GitHub, mostly for practical reasons. Towards the end of the video I discuss why GitHub is also a legal threat and an attack on all of us — putting aside these latest arguments about quality and security aspects.

GitHub garbage

Linus Torvalds Invented Git, But He Pulls No Patches With GitHub

09.01.21

GNU/Linux 38 This Month

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 6:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNU/Linux Is 38 Years Old This Month (Or Is It 28 Years Old?) – Invidious

Summary: Taylor seems to be reading Techrights

The Linux Foundation is Exploiting COVID-19 to Take Away Human Rights and Profit Even More From Surveillance

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 12:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum df1eab041019ea0ef07ceb44622b728b

Summary: The ‘mission creep’ at the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation is a threat to privacy and as long as it sells Board seats to companies like Microsoft we need to highlight some of the lesser-explored scandals (in controversial areas nobody wishes to touch)

TODAY we go through a rather difficult subject and we focus upfront on the fact that this isn't about vaccination. We go through the Linux Foundation‘s Web site and mention similar press releases, focusing on the actual scandal (not what a certain Lunduke says). To make it harder to take things out of context we’ll refrain from any further comment in text and instead cite this morning's post and Richard Stallman's stance; it is related to the war on cash and it is a reminder that laws and regulations can be passed for one stated reason while serving some other purpose.

A Tale of Two COVID-19 Approaches: KDE (Community) Versus Linux Foundation (Large Corporations)

Posted in Deception, KDE, Kernel at 5:20 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

This is what “Linux” stands for now?!

Carry a tracking device (Phone) which is proprietary software. Not how it was originally marketed.

There are contrasting approaches. Just published (KDE):

CallforHosts_2022

From:

CallforHosts_2022

Summary: Since when does a “Code of Conduct” mean you need to be spied on all the time (this is not how it was originally marketed)? The KDE brochure was published about an hour ago, whereas the Linux Foundation started using this language in late August (in press releases and official Web pages).

The so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation means surveillance. From last night (openwashing mass espionage firms that ought not even exist, simply because Facebook paid to buy more seats inside the Board):

Also related to the so-called ‘Linux’ Foundation:

08.29.21

Linux Turns 30 as Windows Market Share Falls Below 30%

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Google, Kernel, Microsoft, Windows at 6:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum ea4893af387306b6eb8e46e9d2d32748

Summary: Linux is 30, Android is Linux-based, and Windows is smaller than Android in terms of market share; but the biggest challenge right now is bringing software freedom to more people

EVERYBODY has been speaking about Linux turning 30 (although the actual anniversary of importance is debatable, as Alex Oliva explained last week).

“…Android is one of the Linux-based operating systems that harm one’s privacy and freedom (even if AOSP is mostly Free software) because it comes with loads of proprietary “apps” and typically tracks locations.”No doubt Linux “has won” so to speak; but Linux is not software freedom, it is just a GPL-licensed kernel which many freedom-respecting operating systems use for practical/pragmatic reasons (Linux has very extensive hardware support that is almost impossible to match). As noted in the video above, Android is one of the Linux-based operating systems that harm one’s privacy and freedom (even if AOSP is mostly Free software) because it comes with loads of proprietary “apps” and typically tracks locations (see “Google’s Software is Malware”).

The Linux (or GNU linux-libre) work by Oliva mostly involves ‘taming’ Linux to make it more freedom-respecting, in turn allowing freedom-oriented distros to avoid the more malicious parts of Linux. Oliva’s work is invaluable!

“The Linux (or GNU linux-libre) work by Oliva mostly involves ‘taming’ Linux to make it more freedom-respecting, in turn allowing freedom-oriented distros to avoid the more malicious parts of Linux.”In the video above I’ve repeatedly alluded to how ubiquitous Android became (one might say “popular”, but that’s not the same thing). Android news is everywhere, all the time, very likely outpacing Windows ‘news’ (mostly paid-for vapourware and puff pieces) because billions of people care about their phones and tablets more than laptops and desktops. There are also tons of anniversary articles about Linux, including some from Android-focused news sites. There’s growing recognition that Linux “has won” in some sense or some senses.

At whose expense?

Mostly Windows!

Android versus WindowsMicrosoft is doing so poorly that it’s buying vendors and rebranding them “Azure” (in order to fake 'growth'), pretending that Azure is somehow an “operating system” now (it is not; they also reused the brand "Surface" in this way). Things have gotten so bad for Microsoft that we caught Windows at 28% market share earlier this year (here’s the latest data in OpenDocument format) and right now it’s still hovering around 30% while Microsoft constantly makes false claims about its market power, in effect defrauding shareholders. Here’s Android/Linux versus Windows, as per the end of August; if Android is combined with ChromeOS and GNU/Linux (“proper”), we’re talking about something close to 50% market share.

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