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Pushing Mesa and Linux Graphics Towards Proprietary Microsoft GitHub, WSL (Vista 10), and DirectX



Summary: In yet another arrogant display of Hubris and self-admiration, Microsoft enters a project merely to divert resources away from its principal goals, instead rendering it a 'slave' of Microsoft's proprietary universe (DirectX, WSL, GitHub)

THE 'good folks' from Microsoft have decided to 'help' Linux... by helping themselves to it. In whose favour? To whose ends?



Bill Gates once said: "The fact that there's some e-mail here at MS that says 'let's go up and beat this guy': there's nothing wrong with that - that is capitalism at work for consumers."

Yeah, so sabotaging Linux is also "capitalism at work for consumers."

"They don't love Linux, they just try to change Linux, including outsourcing of Linux to GitHub, which is proprietary software."He even used the word "consumers" because that's how Microsoft views computer users -- merely those 'peasants' out there, ripe to 'consume' whatever Microsoft imposes on them.

This video started as a response to this hours-old article entitled "Microsoft Adds SPIR-V To DXIL Library In Mesa - With A Focus On WebGPU Support" (as usual, the responses are better).

Linux and GitHubMicrosoft "should stop fooling around, drop DX/DXIL and switch to Vulkan/SPIR-V to begin with," as somebody put it in the latest comment. The article itself says Microsoft is "using Mesa to translate the APIs for consumption by Direct3D 12 drivers..."

So they come to Mesa to promote Microsoft, i.e. the usual. We've seen this many times before and we wrote about it dozens of times this year alone.

They don't love Linux, they just try to change Linux, including outsourcing of Linux to GitHub, which is proprietary software. It's all about control (by Microsoft). As these videos aren't scripted I ended up also discussing the sort of vision Microsoft has for Linux, namely a kernel that's closely controlled by Microsoft, with all developers closely monitored and censored by Microsoft. Is this what we want for Linux?

Microsoft loves to use or mischaracterise its control over some GNU/Linux instances (in Azure) as "proof" that it "loves Linux", but Azure has basically been an utter failure (financial calamity) and days ago we had it confirmed that Azure employees were fired this year. The video above also mentions that WSL has been an utter failure. They're not exactly succeeding at "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish," but they carry on trying. If we aren't sufficiently vigilant, we might even fall into their trap.

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