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Microsoft-Sponsored GNU/Linux-Hostile Site, HowSoftwareIsBuilt.com, is Powered by GNU/Linux

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Servers, Windows at 4:36 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Steve Ballmer as penguin

Summary: HowSoftwareIsBuilt.com is paid by Microsoft, promotes Microsoft, but it runs on the very same platform Microsoft is ridiculing and extorting

Microsoft — or perhaps someone else whom Microsoft definitely pays — has created howsoftwareisbuilt.com, where Microsoft apparently tries to promote itself and ‘embrace’ the FOSS world (here is the latest interview). In the homepage, the site also links to the company’s anti-GNU/Linux pages (“compare” site). How demeaning. Notice the footer which clearly states: “How Software is Built is sponsored by Microsoft Corp.”

Now, look at a server query’s results:

OS	Web Server									Last changed
Linux	Apache/2.2.13 Unix mod_ssl/2.2.13 OpenSSL/0.9.8e-fips-rhel5 mod_bwlimited/1.4	28-Nov-2009

It does not look like an Akamai-type response and the Web site uses WordPress, which is extremely hard to run on non-UNIX-compliant platforms. We are not entirely sure who’s behind the site, as only a hosting company is listed:

Registrant Contact:
   midPhase Services, Inc.
   midPhase Services, Inc. ()
   223 W. Jackson Blvd #1014 
   Chicago,  60606           

Administrative Contact:
   midPhase Services, Inc.
   midPhase Services, Inc. (techsupport@midphase.com)
   223 W. Jackson Blvd #1014
   Chicago,  60606

Technical Contact:
   midPhase Services, Inc.
   midPhase Services, Inc. (techsupport@midphase.com)
   223 W. Jackson Blvd #1014
   Chicago,  60606

It is worth adding that other such Microsoft Web sites run GNU/Linux simply because it’s better [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]. As we have shown before, Microsoft wants to present F/OSS as just a “development method” (we showed this a lot around 2008), not a licensing/sharing paradigm/model, so the site’s name, howsoftwareisbuilt.com, is a good fit.

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  1. uberVU - social comments said,

    March 13, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Identica by schestowitz: #Microsoft -Sponsored #GNU #Linux -Hostile Site, http://ur1.ca/p4b6, is Powered by GNU/Linux http://ur1.ca/p4b8

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