Canonical ♥ Microsoft (and Microsoft Pays for This Fake Love, No Need to Even Buy Canonical)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Ubuntu, Windows at 9:26 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Published minutes ago in the official Ubuntu blog:

WSL and Ubuntu: 2022 year in review

Recent: Canonical Working for Microsoft

Reminder: Antitrust Action Against Microsoft is Well Overdue

Summary: Canonical is already doing Microsoft’s work and is, in some sense at least, promoting Windows

Found online days ago:

“With Microsoft we can work together without competing” – says Rouffineau at Canonical

“No, Microsoft does not appear to have killed Ubuntu”


“Canonical Considering IPO in 2023: What It Means for Ubuntu Users”
https://linuxiac.com/canonical-considering-ipo-in-2023-what-it-means-for-ubuntu-users/ [linuxiac.com]

“Canonical Now Hopes To IPO in 2023″
https://news.slashdot.org/story/22/04/21/1333228/canonical-now-hopes-to-ipo-in-2023 [slashdot.org]

https://techcrunch.com/2022/04/21/canonical-now-hopes-to-ipo-in-2023/ [techcrunch.com]

Taking over Canonical and/or entering into a, “partnership” with them would not, IMO, end well. Look what happened with Novell and Microsoft’s “Partnership”, Novell is no more!

Go back further and read about Microsoft’s “Partnership” with Corel during the days of Corel Linux [1]. Where is Corel Linux? Gone, a long time ago, magically changed into Xandros [2] which…

“In June 2007, a “broad collaboration agreement” between Xandros and Microsoft was announced. The agreement included “patent covenants, similar to the agreement that Microsoft reached with Novell.””

See also:

- “Microsoft Buys into Corel”[3]
- “Corel Linux – Not Quite Dead Yet”[4]
- “Microsoft Bails Out Of Corel”[5]

Prior to the Microsoft love fest:

- “Corel Linux to be Bundled w/20 Million motherboards”[6]
- “Corel Linux to Access and Run Windows Apps”[7]

Following the Microsoft love fest:

- “Corel to Sell Off Linux Division”[8]

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corel_Linux [wikipedia.org]
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xandros [wikipedia.org]
[3] https://slashdot.org/story/00/10/02/220238/microsoft-buys-into-corel [slashdot.org]
[4] https://slashdot.org/story/01/02/27/152228/corel-linux—not-quite-dead-yet [slashdot.org]
[5] https://slashdot.org/story/01/02/22/1928203/microsoft-bails-out-of-corel [slashdot.org]
[6] https://slashdot.org/story/99/11/01/1435209/corel-linux-to-be-bundled-w20-million-motherboards [slashdot.org]
[7] https://slashdot.org/story/00/01/06/1255212/corel-linux-to-access-and-run-windows-apps [slashdot.org]
[8] https://slashdot.org/story/01/01/23/1927203/corel-to-sell-off-linux-division [slashdot.org]

If it can happen to Novell/Corel it can happen to Canonical, IMO.

https://pulse.microsoft.com/en/transform-en/na/fa2-canonical-a-partnership-that-delivers-the-best-and-most-secure-open-source-for-customers/ [microsoft.com]

““With Microsoft we can work together without competing,” says Rouffineau in summary. “Which means we can continue to scale while maintaining the community that started Ubuntu, as well as the open source ethos that comes with it.””



Canonical Working for Microsoft

Posted in Microsoft, Ubuntu at 6:48 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Valentin Viennot

Canonical gift

Canonical dotnet

See for yourself: the benefits of chiselled Ubuntu images in action with an ASP.NET shop demo

Summary: Looking at the Ubuntu blog today, one might easily mistake it for a Microsoft subsidiary


[Meme] From ‘Humanity for Others’ to…

Posted in Microsoft, Ubuntu at 2:04 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Transhumanism for others

Summary: Canonical works for Bill to pay the bills

Ubuntu Pro-Microsoft and It Moreover Promotes Proprietary Garbage That’s Bad for Security and Performance

Posted in Microsoft, Security, Servers, Ubuntu at 1:49 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum cd184b7bd01c25a23ddcf61d0a5a1cf4
Ubuntu Pro Microsoft
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Unsafe, bloated, proprietary Windows programs of Microsoft are used to advertise Ubuntu Pro, so Canonical has clearly lost the plot

THIS site has been critical of Canonical lately, but for purely factual reasons, it’s not some mindless trash-talking. We’ve openly encouraged people not to adopt Ubuntu and not recommend it to other people. We explained why promoting other distros would be far better. Ubuntu’s popularity is waning regardless. Canonical is just trying to ‘upsell’ Debian for profit. In the process it promotes not only proprietary software but software that spies on users; that even includes Microsoft’s proprietary software despite the fact that Microsoft tries to prevent Ubuntu users from booting Ubuntu on their PCs (Canonical should have filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft).

But this post (and video) isn’t about the many reasons to avoid/skip Ubuntu. It’s about the dangers associated with Microsoft and the new Ubuntu Pro “scheme” (scheme seems like a suitable term to describe it).

Judging by recent posts in the official Ubuntu blog (regarding Ubuntu Pro before the latest scheme was more officially announced yesterday), it’s a bridge to technical, practical, and legal disaster.

As one associate of ours noted this morning, “having caused a world full of security problems through bad design and implementation, Microsoft is wrongfully posing as a leader in data protection; problems cannot generally be solved by the same people and methods as caused them to begin with.”

The video above shows how even Microsoft boosters bemoan insecurity of Microsoft SQL Server, only days after Canonical promoted it under the Ubuntu Pro “scheme”.

“The benefits of running Microsoft SQL Server” says the headline, basically boasting a Windows piece of junk (speaking from personal experience). Canonical promotes it as running “on Ubuntu Pro” even “though technically that is running within “drawbridge” and not within Ubuntu itself,” the associate noted, citing some relevant blurb from last year (we too had mentioned that Drawbridge aspect many times in the past).

So Canonical is promoting a proprietary security hazard of an enemy of GNU/Linux despite the fact that technically superior options exist that run natively on GNU/Linux, are generally secure, are Free software, and are not controlled by enemies of ours. “Best [for Caninical] to focus on the real tools which Microsoft tries to draw people away from: postgresql, mariadb, sqlite3, etc,” the associate concluded. I’ve used all three heavily and they’re vastly more reliable than SQL Server, which is an overpriced toy with back doors (it’s a Windows program; Canonical advertises Ubuntu Pro using Windows programs).


Why Canonical is Not a Friend of GNU/Linux Freedom and Mentioning WSL/systemd Helps Windows

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Ubuntu at 8:41 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6eb991cddd532540c18235430fc38d3f
Ubuntu Promoting Windows
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: Ubuntu’s promotion of WSL is a disgrace and a reminder that we should no longer recommend Ubuntu to anyone; there are many other GNU/Linux distributions which are vastly more deserving of users and some new ones reject systemd as well

THE news is both tragic and sad. I’ve watched very closely for nearly a week how Microsoft-centric sites and even some GNU/Linux sites almost celebrated Ubuntu's promotion of Windows (WSL). I did not add a single one to our Daily Links for the simple reason that we’re a GNU/Linux site, not a Windows site, but I made mental notes of names (all those who helped this agenda and how they presented it). Some of them are named in the video above (in passing, nothing formal but purely informal). They know who they are…

“Our response to this should be assessed in light of Ubuntu’s own founder (Mark Shuttleworth) and his sheer hypocrisy.”The key point is, Canonical is rapidly becoming akin to Novell of 2006-2010; it’s just so desperate for cash that it is willing to suck up to Microsoft. Our response to this should be assessed in light of Ubuntu’s own founder (Mark Shuttleworth) and his sheer hypocrisy.

Below we have two well-documented quotes; that’s what he said after Novell had colluded with Microsoft to benefit Microsoft. What does that make him now?

“That’s extortion and we should call it what it is. To say, as Ballmer did, that there is undisclosed balance sheet liability, that’s just extortion and we should refuse to get drawn into that game.”

Mark Shuttleworth

“Microsoft is asking people to pay them for patents, but they won’t say which ones. If a guy walks into a shop and says: “It’s an unsafe neighbourhood, why don’t you pay me 20 bucks and I’ll make sure you’re okay,” that’s illegal. It’s racketeering.”

Mark Shuttleworth


Latest Ubuntu Promotes Microsoft’s Proprietary Software

Posted in Microsoft, Ubuntu at 2:45 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Latest official blog post:

Yesterday in the official Ubuntu blog
Yesterday in the official Ubuntu blog

Latest official release of Ubuntu:

Who are you?
Who are you?

First start: online accounts
First start: online accounts

First start: software examples
First start: software examples

First start: Ubuntu software
First start: software examples

Summary: Is Canonical contractually obliged to promote Microsoft’s proprietary things that spy on users? It would not be the first time Canonical works closely with Microsoft against the interests of Ubuntu users [1, 2, 3, 4].


The Fall of Ubuntu (Other GNU/Linux Distros Rising)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Ubuntu at 8:01 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Recent: Moving From Ubuntu to Another GNU/Linux Distro Would Harm Microsoft (or Its Efforts to Control the Competition)

SteamOS is Arch-based now as well
Top of this list used to be particular versions of Ubuntu

Summary: GNU/Linux “market share” in Steam grew by a quarter this past year, boosted by SteamOS perhaps, but watch the trends in distributions; even the Ubuntu-based distros aren’t near the top (and SteamOS moved from Debian to Arch, so expect Ubuntu to stagnate further)


Debian Cannot Keep Burying the Inconvenient Facts

Posted in Debian, Ubuntu at 12:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 321f1215dd9fce8174cc950efb5aea0c
Debian Has Inconvenient Voices
Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 4.0

Summary: In spite of relentless censorship attempts, Debian wrestles with the Streisand Effect as more people find themselves needing to confront uncomfortable communications

THE video above concerns a bunch of recent articles [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6] about Debian suicides.

Some readers can recall that many EPO workers committed suicide under Benoît Battistelli; turns out that a corrupt regime leads to that. In the case of Debian, a strong case could be made to show that overworking and unpaid volunteers — sometimes for the enrichment of multi-millionaires and companies valued at around a trillion dollars! — led to their death. “who pays compensation?” So asks one of the articles above. The subject isn’t an easy one, so it’s simpler to tackle in the form of a video.

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