canopic jug writes:
Microsoft's tactics against GNU/Linux have not changed much in two decades, they're just framed differently, nowadays the attacks are masqueraded as friendship and proxies are used more than before. So as a fresh look at how these established tactics are used currently to attack Free Software, a guest poster at TechRights has summarized them in a ten-chapter handbook, aptly named A Handbook for Destroying the Free Software Movement. The first two chapters cover what Microsoft is now doing through GitHub, licensing, Azure, Visual Studio, Vista10, and its other components foisted on developers. Other chapters cover manipulation of media coverage, OEM lock-in, use of attack proxies, and software patents. Most of all, these tactics have stayed true to the plans outlined over 20 years ago in the Halloween Documents.
It's written a bit tongue in cheek from Microsoft's perspective. Some material is drawn from Comes v Microsoft (aka The Iowa Case) and, as mentioned, the leaked internal memos known as the Halloween Documents.
Yet another Hit Piece from the Editors' Darling, Canopic Jug. While so many VERY POSITIVE stories get rejected. Sad!!!!
(cont) If the Editors like you, no need to follow so called Submission Guidelines. "Be neutral and factual in both Subject and Summary. You can wait until the article is posted or, if you must, include your opinion clearly marked as opinion at the end of the Summary." Bullshit!!!!
Skimmed through Chapter 7. No proof of anything, no citations of Microsoft's actual current behaviors, only innuendo and quoted references from the 21 year old Halloween Documents. So no, not established tactics currently attacking free software, only what was known two decades ago. Which doesn't mean that what's said isn't true, only that there is no proof of it. Perhaps Chapter 11 should be, "Trick people by writing a whole bunch of things with no actual proof that the behaviors are current so that they can be safely ignored by anyone who actually wants evidence."
Personally, I believe that Microsoft has established much better (and scarier) tactics than these in the intervening years, such that they no longer have to extinguish free software. To the contrary, their current strategy if anything is, "embrace, exceed, ignore." But who wants to waste all that time actually assembling proof and gaining access to sources? (Just for starters, don't you think countries hostile to the U.S. would have managed to get Wikileaks to publish more damning documents by now if they existed in digital from? Like I said, changed and sharper tactics such that Halloween Documents are no longer produced because they're unnecessary.)
If you must look at the "story." Start with Introduction. "Introduction of a new satirical ‘handbook’ published exclusively here (by a pseudonymous reader)." In other words, FAKE NEWS!!!!
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Incredible guy, fantastic guy -- he founded Microsoft, as everybody knows. Don't worry, he did find me. Before he died, so tragically, of Windmill Cancer. Fortunately I was able to buy his beautiful Boeing 757 for only $100 million. Great price and I gave that one a TOTAL & COMPLETE make over. I call it, Trump Force One. Watch while Amanda Miller (so sexy) gives the guided tour!! youtu.be/UZq3iCn2y74 [youtu.be]
Maybe so, but it gave me a good flashback back to the SCO days when Microsoft got BTFO and Linux was actually on the rise and becoming more usable as a desktop OS. Ubuntu from around 2007 to 2010 appeared to be unstoppable and every day it looked like it was going to crush Windows as a dominant desktop OS.
Then, for some reason, Ubuntu backed down. It turned a usable Windows-like system into Macfag shit with everything useful hidden by default or moved somewhere else and a horrible new color scheme, and we all know people who don't actually buy MacFag shit don't like MacFag shit. Then they crippled Compiz-fusion so that it was impossible to show that a beat-up 10 year old laptop could have better graphical effects than a brand new Mac.
I'm still bitter about all that, fucking bastards.
Flashbacks are nice, but it would be great to have their actions as a timeline. That way we can remember what they did to their competitors -> how they spun it -> why the current release sucks -> why the new release will be better -> lather, rinse, discharge microplastics into the environment -> repeat, and at exactly which points we were naive enough to believe them, until we stopped.
So much hasn't changed. We're a mixed development shop: Windows10 and Ubuntu, and neither is perfect, but I see the Windows devs on the same f-ing treadmill that I was running back in the 90s, it never stops. When I finish something in Ubuntu, it stays finished. And, when there's a problem in Ubuntu, even the Windows guys can dig into the logs, find the problem, find the diagnosis on the web in 30 minutes or less, and have a solid fix plan. On the Microsoft side, when shit breaks down or doesn't perform as expected it's denial and obfuscation city: maybe you need to buy a better library? That's unsupported. This is the new behavior, maybe you should migrate your codebase to the new toolset?
What do you mean? I LOVE the uniform blocks of light gray that replaced what the GUI used to be. The lines, so clean! All those functions you used to use only once or twice a day - GONE! Sooo clean.
Have you tried Ubuntu 18.04 Mate?
ZOMG, it's the Protocols of the Elders of Redmond!
When lennart poettering ends up at M$ or Apple or some tivoizing corp, your comment will seem even funnier, pal.
thus that it ever was. thus that it ever shall be. amen.
Our father, who art in RedmondMicrosoft be thy nameThy monopoly comeThy will be doneThroughout the earth as it is in the USGive us this dayOur daily license activation keyAnd forgive us our bug reportsAs we forgive our system crashesAnd lead us not into competitionBut deliver us from innovationFor thine is the Control and the Power and the GreedForeverAmen
That was exactly my point above, that it isn't that way any longer but something a bit more disturbing. But everyone is so focused on the way that they used to do things and citing that instead of current behaviors that we lose sight of the way it is working today much more insidiously.
Can't win by being the best? Win by destroying everything around you.
Gob bless Microfuck cos everyone else hates them.
What a bunch of dicks.
It is not merely enough to succeed spectacularly.
EVERYONE ELSE MUST FAIL !!!!
It's Red Hat and their systemd that will destroy Linux.
It has the kernal. [wccftech.com]
no, Commodore 64 had the "kernal"
IBM bought Redhat, remember?
IBM: shitting in the computing pool since 1894 (Well, sometime in the 1800s.0
What do you expect from a company named "IBM" -> "I BM" -> "I Bowel Movement"
Its IBM nowThey were bought out.
Microsoft will be the savior of Linux by luring Poettering into the fold and going full systemd ahead.
Thanks so much for the context. Without
and references were necessary for understanding. Thanks; good job.
It's not great stuff though. It's rambling and often relies on argument by analogy and uses mostly pretty out of date info. Some of it updated in eg 2007 but most older.
It would have been better, amusingly, as a punchy powerpoint.
I haven't read it, but just thinking about it reminds me of why I prefer the GPL license, but in appropriate circumstances the AGPL is even better.
And I still believe that Microsoft, or someone associated with them, financed the SCO trial.
Facts don't require "belief". M$ paid from the beginning. Groklaw used to have a lot of coverage of SCO, including how M$ was bankrolling the lawsuit. However, Groklaw.net seems delisted from the search engines, so here is crappy old ZDNet article for you on how M$ used BayStar Capital to shunt money to SCO [zdnet.com] to be able to afford to keep the lawsuit going and going and going.
By the way, the SCO zombie suit won't die [theregister.co.uk]. It's still going even now. So SCO at least is not old news. It is still current and relevant.
*omg* when in heavens name is the "patent" on "remembering a previous location of a window(frame)" going to expire or be deemed non-patent able.on xfce (w/com!z) if i open some window, say a directory listing, size it and move it then reboot the computer i have to redo the whole thing again.i thought it was a bug, but it's actually a patent ... crazy sh1t right there ...
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There is a book by that name.
I first heard of it in about 1985 or thereabout on NPR.
Later I bought the book and read it. It was quite interesting. It starts with the very beginnings of IBM up to the present. All of the dirty tricks. How to build and maintain monopolies.
Make sure that a secondhand market can never exist. (IBM: rent machines, never sell them. Microsoft: it comes on a partition with no recovery disk)
Segment your market. Squeeze the segments you have a monopoly. Opportunistic pricing in other segments. For example, a competitor comes along at a higher quality and lower price with an entry level computer. IBM comes out with a new fairly similar model at half the price with barely enough memory. Clearly selling at a huge loss. Wipes out competitor. But memory upgrade is priced so high that it more than makes up for the loss. This segment of the market is now back under control. Change models, pricing, etc to get this segment back to high pricing again without the super low price starter model.
And on and on, many other dirty tricks.
My point: Microsoft has followed this playbook almost to the letter.
In the Groklaw days I wrote some on Groklaw about this.
The techrights article is describing something known as 'infiltration' and 'subversion' of an organization.
Besides the halloween articles and mountains of evidence that there is an actual conspiracy(plot, secret plan) to destroy any forms of software that provide actual privacy, freedom and free speech(or gasp anonymity), we have the sn%wden docs and ghcq docs and str*tfor docs that describe how this actually happens. People have sacrificed heavily for these truths, and it wasn't the frickin NYT or m$ or people who are actually being paid to do this.
Here's how it works, this is fact:
Find the leaders, isolate the radicals who believes in things like a bill of rights. Ruin their life, ruin their reputation, inhibit their ability to work. This is happening to RMS as we speak. Eliminate the credibility of anyone that is not on your team or manipulatable.
Infiltrate the organization and crack any consensuses with confusion, drama, chaos, or whatever works. Study the life and work of Jacob Appelba*um. find what the people in the organization need, and become that thing then once you are in, turn everything upside down.
Capture or degrade anyone with gifted intelligence.
These are military tactics being used against civilians.
The primary purpose of the bill of rights and separation of powers and anything we consider a republic or rule of law is to prevent military dictatorship.
These are all military tactics being used secretly to enable military dictatorship. Done by many individuals who have sworn to protect the constitution on penalty of death and eternal damnation, in violation of the Geneva conventions on the sanctity of civilians in conflict.
Mozilla is now one a completely subverted organization, which is why they broke all their privacy add ons and are now becoming a cloud browser, making it impossible to avoid your browser being fingerprinted and thus uniquely identifiable to anyone who owns the wires.
Giving the military the ability to read what you are reading, and thus your mind.
It is very difficult to resist someone who is trying to rule you if they can read their mind but you can't read theirs.
If this struggle is lost, you should begin teaching children now NOT to think for themselves, because their very lives will depend on it.
I am ashamed of The United States of America. Every soldier, policeperson, fbi agent and mercenary contractor should move to China where they belong, because I can promise you none of these people involved in any of these efforts deserve to be counted as citizens of the United States any more than Stalin, Mao or Xi for that matter. People who can claim to be defending freedom and even slightly participate in these efforts have such deep contradictions in their brains that one must wonder if they are a different species.
You are failures, your lives are meaningless and you defenders of the law have broken it yourselves, so you should arrest yourselves. And harass yourselves and interfere with your own livelihoods. You don't deserve to kiss the shoes of actual americans, you sell out turncoat chumps.
If you are not angry you are not paying attention. They are erasing our country before our eyes.
I am in actual physical danger and economic danger for daring to write this.
And btw, that this falls on someone like me to write, represents a monumental failure of everyone in the world who has more than $500 in their bank account.
"If this struggle is lost, you should begin teaching children now NOT to think for themselves, because their very lives will depend on it."
this is exactly what most "parents" (state appointed guardianship privilege) are already doing. they send their kids to state indoctrination centers during the day so they can make fake money to rent more plastic shit they don't need, and then stick them in front of enemy media when they get home and feed them poison that makes them dumber and guarantees they don't live to collect any ssn or retirement benefits. normals are so brainwashed they will want to have you arrested for terrorism if you simply speak the truth and try to wake them up. once enough slaves are brainwashed they will change the laws to allow just that. It's already happening.