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March 18, 2010

Linux the target of unethical patent war?

by @ 7:10 am. Filed under Linux News, M$ Exposed, tech news

It seems that Linux is now being licensed by M$? How does something like that happen? First, Microsoft files patents on nearly everything under the sun, many of which they do not rightfully deserve, but took from other places. Then, they claim that Linux infringes upon “their” patents. Then, they force companies into licensing agreements where said companies are paying M$ royalties for using Linux.

First, Novell sleeps with the devil. Now, M$ even has Amazon convinced that they need to license Linux from them. They aren’t the only ones, either.

*blank stare*

Apparently, I’m missing something. I was quite sure that Torvalds and Stallman began the whole GNU/Linux thing.

They did it *LONG* before Microsoft’s frivolous hey-day of patent filing. I mean, let’s be realistic here. They didn’t invent the Graphical User Interface, or what started out as what we now know as the windowing system. Or the mouse, for that matter. You think they invented the “My Documents” idea? No way. That came from the /home/username convention of Unix. What about the “C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts” file? Nope, another rip-off from another operating system that came before anything M$ ever did.

Even if you love Windows, you have to at least agree that M$ are severely abusing their size, money, and influence to bully around smaller companies (gee, that’s new) more than they ever have before. Maybe we’re just used to them doing that. Maybe we are a bunch of drones that just accept what “The Microsoft” has spoken.

Come on, people. Do not sign patent deals with M$ regarding Linux. They do not own it. Their patents are baloney. You could probably quite easily prove that a large part of them aren’t even valid (i.e., prior art existed).

Read more about this fully unethical phenomena:

Is Microsoft About to Declare Patent War on Linux?

Microsoft licensing Linux

Microsoft, Amazon Sign IP Licensing Deal

Microsoft and I-O Data Sign Linux Patent Deal

September 8, 2009

M$ Downright Lies about Linux to Best Buy Employees

by @ 12:58 pm. Filed under M$ Exposed, War

It seems that M$ still doesn’t get it. At least that’s quite obvious when one considers the “training” that they have been providing to Best Buy employees. For example, take a look at this screenshot of the training (click for bigger graphic):

Linux Ignorance

The original poster of this info couldn’t have said it better:

“No iPod support? Really? And the Zune doesn’t work on the Mac either although there has been some progress from the Linux community. And I’ve never had any problems pulling pictures from cameras.

I’ve yet to see a printer that doesn’t have a driver. You might have to download it from the products website though (gasp!).

Yeah yeah. Software. Although WINE has been vastly improving lately (we even got around that stupid Secu-ROM).

There are free alternatives to all of the Windows Live “essentials”.

WOW. Of all the games to mention, they mention World of Warcraft. I wrote a tutorial on how to get WoW running on Linux not to long ago. Its probably the easiest game to set up with in WINE.

Authorized support? Well you have Red Hat and Canonical, oh I guess you can count Novell

Video chat with Pidgin? Or Skype?

Of course, not to mention the endless lists of Linux equivalents to Win software.

Take a look at the original exposé here:

Microsoft attack Linux at the retail level

See also:

microsoft (mis)educates best buy employees about linux

Microsoft’s training materials teach Best Buy employees how to trash Linux

August 6, 2009

Linux is a threat – M$

by @ 3:37 am. Filed under General Linux, Linux News, M$ Exposed, wallpapers, War

Linux

You know Microsoft would only say something like this if there was absolutely no other alternative. They are marketing experts, not software experts. And apparently, the software experts that contribute to Linux have created an OS superior enough that, with little to no marketing/advertising, it enjoys a quickly-expanding install base.

Excerpt:

“While Linux on servers is a well-established market among business customers, Linux as a viable alternative to Windows on PCs has never taken off. However, the emergence of the netbook as a low-cost, smaller form factor to the traditional notebook PC has certainly changed that, so much so that Microsoft lately has been pushing a lightweight notebook as an alternative to netbooks, Helm said.”

Read Microsoft acknowledges Linux threat

Celebratory wallpaper:

Linux threat

Click for full-sized wallpaper.

February 17, 2009

Microsoft: ISVs are pawns – but don’t tell them!

by @ 1:59 pm. Filed under M$ Exposed, War

More reasons to use Linux

See, now people always tell me that I am a conspiracy theorist against Microsoft. Alrighty, well, here’s yet another chance for you to see that I am more of a realist than you think.

When you see this, it will give you the willies, and I’d be surprised if you didn’t switch to Linux in a heartbeat.

Excerpt:

Microsoft:”First, the role of ISVs. ISVs- independent software vendors-are pawns in the struggle between platform vendors. They’re essential. So you can’t win without them, and you have to take good care of them. You can’t let them feel like they’re pawns in the struggle. You’re going out with a girl, what you really want to do is have a deep, close and intimate relationship, at least for one night. And, you know, you just can’t let her feel like that, because if you do, it ain’t going to happen, right. So you have to talk long term and white picket fence and all these other wonderful things, or else you’re never going to get what you’re really looking for. So you can’t let them feel like pawns, no matter how much they really are.”

Read “66 Pages of Microsoft Evilness

April 29, 2008

M$ – Monumental Fail – Surely this isn’t true

by @ 12:28 pm. Filed under M$ Exposed, War

Can anyone verify that this unbelievable claim is, in fact, true?

http://techdirt.com/articles/20080429/095514977.shtml
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/microsoft/2004379751_msftlaw29.html

April 16, 2008

Microsoft burns our eyes with Vista promo video

by @ 2:37 pm. Filed under M$ Exposed, War

OK, I am totally stealing this one, but I wanted to share it (thx Steve).

“It’s official, Microsoft knows no shame. We used to think that the Zune tattoo guy was bad for publicity, but now it’s clear that the video promo team needs zero outside help in dragging whatever shred of dignity this company has through the mud. Whoever thought up this Bruce Springsteen-defiling “Rockin’ Our Sales” piece of garbage to promote the launch of Vista SP1 should be fired instantly and sued for defamation. It’s just that good. Video is naturally after the break.”

You HAVE to see just how low they can go.

Masochists click here for punishment.

January 10, 2008

$306.1 M financial group bets it all on Linux security

by @ 9:55 pm. Filed under General Linux, kernel, Linux migrations, M$ Exposed, War

The evidence is undeniable : Linux is more secure than its proprietary alternative. This should be clear enough with even the briefest review of system security news revolving around M$ and its OS in the past week. 396 stories found. For Linux? 26.

“But if you consider the install base of each one, that will account for the difference in the number of stories and the number of vulnerabilities and exploits.” That’s one I hear from a lot of Micro$ofties. What’s funny is that this isn’t even true, and it’s very easily disproven. Very easily.

It’s as simple as comparing the number of flaws that exist per thousand lines of code in each of the kernels. Coverity did a study (albeit just over 3 years ago) of the number of vulnerabilities found in the Linux kernel per thousand lines of code. That number came out to be about 0.17 flaws per 1,000 lines of code, down considerably from about 8 times that only four years previous. Imagine how much it has improved since the study was done.

On the other hand, a study of proprietary software revealed that the average number of flaws per thousand lines of code is roughly between 10 and 20. This is not a good number for the M$ camp. 0.17 for Linux versus between 10 and 20 for proprietary software on average. Since M$ won’t let anyone see their source code, it is not possible to make a definite determination. But if they were certain it was even in the same ballpark as the Linux figure, you’d bet that they would be making a huge deal about the fact. I have heard nothing from them concerning the matter. Draw your own conclusions.

A very large number of entities are noticing this same thing. Not only is Linux much cheaper to run and maintain, it is also apparently around 100 times more secure (if you take a number between 10 and 20, like say 17, and you divide it by 0.17, you get 100) than what you might have on your desktop at this very moment. There are a lot of companies who are seeing this.

You know it must be fairly accurate if even financial institutions are switching over. Today, I saw an article illustrating this point. Entitled, “Financial group trusts Linux platform to protect customers’ assets,” the company’s experience thus far has had a familiar ring. Here are a couple of excerpts:

“Western & Southern reports an 80% decrease in batch cycle times on the new database servers running Linux, as well as a 60% reduction in the number of servers needed, which further reduced both hardware and software license costs.”

“Jackson’s experience with Linux has been so good that the company is now looking at other areas in which it could use the open source operating system.”

Now… This is not one isolated instance. I have personally documented over 150 cases of major Linux migrations. Entities described in this research include all of the branches of the U.S. Military, various national governments around the world, other world-wide financial institutions, large international companies and corporations, and educational institutions.

If you would like to have this research, I have made it available as part of my “Intro to Linux” course, available from the right nav on my OpenSUSE Linux blog. It’s free and makes for an interesting read, and you can send it out to whomever you may wish to share it with. That particular part of the course is in class number 4.

In any case, for situations where you need rock-solid security, Linux is truly a viable solution.

August 28, 2007

Apparently, Vista can barely walk and chew gum at the same time

by @ 1:56 pm. Filed under M$ Exposed, War

From an article called “Playing music severely degrades network transfer performance in Vista, we learn some interesting stuff. It’s funny to me that Linux doesn’t suffer from the same problem… A nice explanation of this phenomenon is found in another article, called Those Dang DPCs Clogging the MMCSS. Oh, man. You’d think they would figure it out by now. I mean hell, they’ve only been making operating systems for 25 years, and only have about $40 Billion to work with. Friends truly don’t let friends use Windows, especially Vista.

April 23, 2007

So I’m Not the Only One After All

by @ 10:22 am. Filed under M$ Exposed, War

(09:54:18) Steve D: http://www.the-gay-bar.com/index.php/2007/04/23/security-by-naming-conventions/
(09:54:19) Steve D: dude
(09:54:25) Steve D: THERES some MS funnage to munch on
(09:54:27) Steve D: Talk about LAME.
(10:03:01) Scott: nice
(10:10:26) Steve D: what a piece of trash, man
(10:10:28) Steve D: stupid windows.
(10:10:31) Steve D: what total garbage.
(10:11:50) Scott: Few people on this earth agree with you as much as I do.
(10:12:45) Steve D: I cant believe how many corners theyve cut
(10:13:04) Steve D: Im starting to believe that MS might be as ruthless in saving time and money as Wal-Mart is.
(10:13:14) Steve D: Do it right? oh, that takes too long.
(10:13:30) Steve D: Add an if statement checking to see if "install" is in the filename? 12 minutes.
(10:13:45) Scott: Yep
(10:13:49) Scott: that is rockin’ cool
(10:14:46) Steve D: How does that quote go?
(10:14:59) Steve D: Those that don't use Unix's philosophy are destined to redesign it, poorly.
(10:15:01) Steve D: soemthing like that

Later that morning…

(10:25:19) Steve D: man
(10:25:25) Steve D: Looks like Vista isnt selling very well
(10:25:33) Steve D: I hope this is the beginning of the end for MS
(10:25:36) Scott: It’s fecal material.
(10:25:52) Steve D: Did you hear Dell went back to selling XP preloaded because of customer demand?
(10:25:57) Scott: Yeah, I think this is the beginning of the end.
(10:25:58) Steve D: Dude, THAT is a bad sign right there phoobage.
(10:26:07) Scott: You have a link for that, there, tiger?
(10:26:12) Steve D: uh
(10:26:15) Steve D: one second.
(10:26:26) Steve D: I think it was techdirt?
(10:26:28) Scott: http://news.com.com/Dell+brings+back+XP+on+home+systems/2100-1046_3-6177619.html
(10:26:32) Scott: There’s one.
(10:27:06) Steve D: "We heard you loud and clear on bringing the Windows XP option back to our Dell consumer PC offerings,"
(10:27:09) Steve D: I hate PR spin.
(10:27:09) Steve D: :B
(10:27:29) Steve D: Translation: After telling MS we're going to sue them for lost sales, they changed our contract to make the whole a little smaller.
(10:28:48) Steve D: man I totally hope this thing just falls flat on its face.

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