Bonum Certa Men Certa

Microsoft Drives Customers and Employees to GNU/Linux

"It's easier for our software to compete with Linux when there's piracy than when there's not."

--Bill Gates

Summary: In another money-grabbing move, Microsoft attacks the very same people who helped it

Microsoft continues sending its 'partners' to prison. We saw many examples of this recently [1, 2], even in China where Microsoft depends on counterfeiting more than anywhere else. Well, there is more action in China right now, and it is directed against the people who are spreading Microsoft's software and making it widespread.

Microsoft scored a big victory in China yesterday, after four people were reportedly sentenced to jail terms for reproducing and distributing illegal copies of the firm's Windows XP operating system.

Their mistake is that they spread Windows XP rather than Windows Vista as Microsoft would have liked. The headlines even emphasise that XP is the problem and 2 months ago we explained why.

China Jails Four for Microsoft XP Piracy


One of his accomplices received the same prison term and two received two years each.

Microsoft will no doubt pretend that it is a victim, but the reality is different and a lot more complex. Microsoft understands that counterfeiting may be a matter of its survival because people cannot bear the prices.

“Microsoft's actions are counter-productive as they will likely lead more people to exploring alternatives.”Microsoft will probably let Vista spread there illegally (there have been reports about Microsoft turning a blind eye to exactly that), not XP. So the scapegoats' offence is that they are spreading an operating system which is not supposed to be on the market anymore, with a few exceptions. Another offence is that they profited in the process.

Microsoft's actions are counter-productive as they will likely lead more people to exploring alternatives. Microsoft has only the advantage of being friends with the Chinese government, but as abuse becomes evident, anti-monopoly probe is initiated, and the local workforce shrinks, more people will move to GNU/Linux, which is better anyway.

There is no telling if the following testimony is true, but "Former Insider" writes in Linux Today that:

Microsoft fired me...

...the day before my wife's immigration interview.

Could it have been coincidence? How was my supervisor supposed to know? Maybe because I emailed asking for that day off, explaining why, and s/he replied in the affirmative.

Mr. Immigration Man was not pleased when I showed up as her sponsor with no job. Fortunately I got a better job at another company a month later (this was between recessions).

You don't need to be a whistle-blower to get fired from Microsoft. You just need to be on the wrong side of office politics.

I will never work with or that company again, even if I have to move to another city. (...And for the record, I was a Mac owner two months later, and went on to install Ubuntu on said Macintosh.)

This is another example where being vindictive works against Microsoft. By choosing crude behaviour Microsoft is only alienating and thus driving people to GNU/Linux.

“No less than Bill Gates himself said in a recent Fortune article that Microsoft competes better against Linux in China when there's piracy than when there isn't.

“So, Microsoft actively looks the other way as people pirate its software. It builds its market share that way, and lets people get used to the idea of having Windows at a certain price.”

--ECT, yesterday

Recent Techrights' Posts

Links 28/09/2023: Preparing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.9 and 9.3 Beta
Links for the day
We Need to Liberate the Client Side and Userspace Too
Lots of work remains to be done
Recent IRC Logs (Since Site Upgrade)
better late than never
Techrights Videos Will be Back Soon
We want do publish video without any of the underlying complexity and this means changing some code
Microsoft is Faking Its Financial Performance, Buying Companies Helps Perpetuate the Big Lies (or Pass the Debt Around)
Our guess is that Microsoft will keep pretending to be huge, even as the market share of Windows (and other things) continues to decrease
Techrights Will Tell the Story (Until Next Year!) of How Since 2022 It Has Been Under a Coordinated Attack by a Horde of Vandals and Nutcases
People like these belong in handcuffs and behind bars (sometimes they are) and our readers still deserve to know the full story. It's a cautionary tale for other groups and sites
Why It Became Essential to Split GNU/Linux Stories from the Rest
These sites aren't babies anymore. In terms of age, they're already adults.
Losses and Gains in an Age of Oligarchy - A Techrights Perspective
If you don't even try to fix something, there's not even a chance it'll get fixed
Google (and the Likes Of It) Will Cause Catastrophic Information Loss Rather Than Organise the World's Information
Informational and cultural losses due to technological plunder
Links 28/09/2023: GNOME 45 Release Party, 'Smart' Homes Orphaned
Links for the day
Security Leftovers
Xen, breaches, and more
GNOME Console Won’t Support Color Palettes or Profiles; Will Support Esperanto
Reprinted with permission from Ryan Farmer
Let's Hope GNU Makes it to 100
Can GNU still be in active use in 2083? Maybe.
GNU is 40, Linux is Just 32
Today it's exactly 40 years since Richard Stallman sent a message regarding GNU
GNU/Linux and Free Software News Mostly in Tux Machines Now
We've split the coverage
Links 27/09/2023: GNOME Raves and Firefox 118
Links for the day
Links 27/09/2023: 3G Phase-Out, Monopolies, and Exit of Rupert Murdoch
Links for the day
IBM Took a Man’s Voice, Pitting Him Against His Own Work, While Companies Profit from Low-Effort Garbage Generated by Bots and “Self-Service”
Reprinted with permission from Ryan Farmer
Links 26/09/2023: KDE, Programming, and More
Links for the day
Mozilla Promotes the Closed Web and Proprietary Webapps That Are Security and Privacy Hazards
This is just another reminder that the people who run Mozilla don't know the history of Firefox, don't understand the Web, and are beholden to "GAFAM", not to Firefox users
Debian More Like an Exploitative Sweatshop Than a Family
Wiltshire is riding a high horse in the UK, talking down to Indians who are "low-level" volunteers in his kingdom of authoritarians, guarded by an army of British lawyers who bully bloggers
Small Computers in Large Numbers: A Pipeline of Open Hardware
They guard and prioritise their "premiums", causing severe price hikes due to supply/demand disparities.
Microsoft Deserves a Medal for Being Worst at Security (the Media Deserves a Medal for Cover-up)
There are still corruptible/bribed publishers that quote Microsoft staff like they're security gurus
Real Life Should be Offline, Not Online, and It Requires Free Software
Resistance means having the guts to say "no!", even in the face of great societal burden and peer pressure
10 Reasons to Permanently Export or Liberate Your Site From WordPress, Drupal, and Other Bloatware
There are certainly more more advantages, but 10 should suffice for now
About 200,000 Objects in Techrights Web Site
This hopefully helps demonstrate just how colossal the migration actually is
Good Teachers Would Tell Kids to Quit Social Control Media Rather Than Participate in It (Teaching Means Education, Not Misinformation)
Insist that classrooms offer education to children rather than offer children to corporations
Twitter: From Walled Gardens to Paywalls and/or Amplifiers of Fascism
There's moreover a push to promote politicians who are as scummy as Twitter's owner
The World Wide Web is Being Confiscated From Us (Like Syndication Was Withdrawn About a Decade Ago) and We Need to Fight Back
We're worse off when fewer people promote RSS feeds and instead outsource to social control media (censorship, surveillance, manipulation)
Next Up: Restoring IRC Log Pipelines, Bulletins/Full Text RSS, Wiki (Archived, Static), and Pipelines for Daily Links
There are still many tasks left ahead of us, but we've progressed a lot
An Era of Rotting Technology, Migration Crises, and Cliffhanging
We've covered examples from IBM, resembling the Microsoft world