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For several years on this blog and my previous blog, I have warned that the government will stage a cyberattack and claim that the hackers used open-source software. I warned that the government would use that as a pretext to ban open-source software – including Linux – and declare users/advocates of open-source software and GNU/Linux are cyberterrorists.

Now it has come out that the Wikileaks-inspired DDoS attacks were carried out using open-source software.

The government now has a pretext to ban open-source software, including GNU/Linux. The government now has a pretext to investigate users of open-source software and GNU/Linux as potential cyberterrorists. The Department of Homeland Security now has a pretext to seize domain names of websites which promote or advocate open-source software and GNU/Linux. So do not be surprised if in the near future you visit Ubuntu’s website and come across something similar to this:

 

Comment: If the government-approved mandatory antivirus software is not made available for Linux or if currently-available Linux antivirus tools such as ClamAV are not approved by the government, Linux users will be essentially kicked off the internet. This is not about fighting government-created malware. This is about a corporate monopoly using the government to eliminate its competition and stifiling the dwindling of its market share.

Big Brother Microsoft Proposes Government Licensing of Internet Access

  • October 8th, 2010 2:01 pm ET

The latest megalomaniacal proposal by a top Microsoft executive would open the door for government licensing to access the Internet. This would grant governmental and corporate authorities power to block individual computers from connecting to the world wide web under the pretext of preventing malware attacks.

Scott Charney, Microsoft vice president of Trustworthy Computing, stated while speaking at the 2010 SSE computer security conference that cybersecurity should mirror public health safety laws, with infected PC’s being “quarantined” by government decree and prevented from accessing the Internet.

“If a device is known to be a danger to the internet, the user should be notified and the device should be cleaned before it is allowed unfettered access to the internet, minimizing the risk of the infected device contaminating other devices, Charney said.

Charney said the system would be a “global collective defense” run by corporations and government and would “track and control” people’s computers similar to how government health bodies track diseases.

FULL ARTICLE

According to this thread on the Freespire forum, the Freespire website and domain will expire on August 22, 2010, which at this time is a mere two weeks away. If Xandros doesn’t renew the website and domain and allows the Freespire website to go offline, then Freespire will be officially dead. Xandros cares more about kissing Microsoft’s ass and making insignificant OEM deals and killing off everything associated with Linspire, especially Freespire and CNR. The CNR Warehouse has been down for at least THREE MONTHS. Xandros, do you realize the money you could make from selling “Click N Buy” software on CNR? How are you going to make money on Linspire’s old cash cow CNR when you don’t even maintain the freakin’ site to begin with?! CNR was a golden opportunity for you to make money, and you managed to screw that up. Xandros, your management is BEYOND incompetent. Just put yourself out of your misery and either liquidate your company or sell to a rival. For all I care, you can sell your company to Microsoft. After all, you did sell your soul to Microsoft back in early 2007 when you signed the patent deal.

EDIT: It seems that yesterday on August 12, 2010, Xandros renewed the Freespire domain name. Source

In addition, the CNR website is back online.

EDIT: Since the last edit, both the Freespire website (main site and forum) and the CNR website are both down. It is now safe to say that Freespire is in fact dead.

Comment: It’s amazing. Microsoft is so scared of competition that they are willing to deliberately force retailers to help them implode a market in order to kill the competition.

Found this post on comp.os.linux.advocacy

http://groups.google.com/group/comp.os.linux.advocacy/browse_thread/thread/0f45de43b6e3416b#

According to this graph (see below), YoY (Year over Year) sales of the
Netbook in the USA have slumped from 641% in Jul 2009 to 25% in Mar 2010
and 5% in Apr 2010.

We all know that tens of millions of Linux netbooks were sold before
Microsoft strongarmed the netbook manufacturers into providing only
Windows7 on Netbooks whose hardware specs were also dictated by Microsoft
to be much reduced compared to a Laptop. i.e. ram was limited.

Retailers were ‘persuaded’ not to offer Linux Netbooks where Windows
Netbooks were on display, or to make sure the Linux Netbooks were powered
off, or not just available.

This graph, http://mashable.com/2010/05/06/ipad-netbook-market/ shows the
sales data I have quoted above, although it attempts to suggest that the
Apple Ipad is the reason for the Netbook slump.

As the Apple Ipad was not released into the American market until April
2010, the Ipad may be responsible for some of the April slump, but it
can’t be responsible for the prior decline.

I think the likely suspect for the decline is Microsoft, Windows7, a
maximum of three concurrent apps, and pricing that in some cases, rivals
larger dual core laptops.

Who needs to innovate, … when you can exterminate?

Editor’s comment: In other words, you’re a terrorist if you use GNU/Linux, Pidgin, GIMP, or Firefox. If this corporate tyranny is allowed to come to fruition, GNU/Linux – including Ubuntu – and BSD operating systems could become ILLEGAL. Can you imagine being detained and possible arrested at an airport security check for having Ubuntu on your laptop or netbook instead of Windows? Be wary of Obama’s ACTA treaty. I predicted a while back that ACTA could be used to criminalize GNU/Linux, free software, and open-source software. Here are the criminal lobbyists actually admitting their agenda to do as I predicted.

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http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/02/24/1812244/Use-Open-Source-Then-Youre-a-Pirate

“There’s a fantastic little story in the Guardian today that says a US lobby group is trying to get the US government to consider open source as the equivalent to piracy. The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), an umbrella group for American publishing, software, film, television and music associations, has asked the US Trade Representative (USTR) to consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil, and India for its ‘Special 301 watchlist’ because they encourage the use of open source software. A Special 301, according to Guardian’s Bobbie Johnson is: ‘a report that examines the “adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights” around the planet — effectively the list of countries that the US government considers enemies of capitalism. It often gets wheeled out as a form of trading pressure — often around pharmaceuticals and counterfeited goods — to try and force governments to change their behaviors.’”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/feb/23/opensource-intellectual-property

When using open source makes you an enemy of the state

The US copyright lobby has long argued against open source software – now Indonesia’s in the firing line for encouraging the idea in government departments

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Traveller on a beach, Indonesia Traveller on a beach, Indonesia. Photograph: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP/Getty

It’s only Tuesday and already it’s been an interesting week for the world of digital rights. Not only did the British government changed the wording around its controversial ‘three strikes’ proposals, but the secretive anti-counterfeiting treaty, Acta, was back in the headlines. Meanwhile, a US judge is still deliberating over the Google book settlement.

As if all that wasn’t enough, here’s another brick to add to the teetering tower of news, courtesy of Andres Guadamuz, a lecturer in law at the University of Edinburgh.

Guadamuz has done some digging and discovered that an influential lobby group is asking the US government to basically consider open source as the equivalent of piracy – or even worse.

What?

It turns out that the International Intellectual Property Alliance, an umbrella group for organisations including the MPAA and RIAA, has requested with the US Trade Representative to consider countries like Indonesia, Brazil and India for its “Special 301 watchlist” because they use open source software.

What’s Special 301? It’s a report that examines the “adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights” around the planet – effectively the list of countries that the US government considers enemies of capitalism. It often gets wheeled out as a form of trading pressure – often around pharmaceuticals and counterfeited goods – to try and force governments to change their behaviours.

Now, even could argue that it’s no surprise that the USTR – which is intended to encourage free market capitalism – wouldn’t like free software, but really it’s not quite so straightforward.

I know open source has a tendency to be linked to socialist ideals, but I also think it’s an example of the free market in action. When companies can’t compete with huge, crushing competitors, they route around it and find another way to reduce costs and compete. Most FOSS isn’t state-owned: it just takes price elasticity to its logical conclusion and uses free as a stick to beat its competitors with (would you ever accuse Google, which gives its main product away for free, of being anti-capitalist?).

Still, in countries where the government has legislated the adoption of FOSS, the position makes some sense because it hurts businesses like Microsoft. But that’s not the end of it.

No, the really interesting thing that Guadamuz found was that governments don’t even need to pass legislation. Even a recommendation can be enough.

Example: last year the Indonesian government sent around a circular to all government departments and state-owned businesses, pushing them towards open source. This, says the IIPA, “encourages government agencies to use “FOSS” (Free Open Source Software) with a view toward implementation by the end of 2011, which the Circular states will result in the use of legitimate open source and FOSS software and a reduction in overall costs of software”.

Nothing wrong with that, right? After all, the British government has said it will boost the use of open source software.

But the IIPA suggested that Indonesia deserves Special 301 status because encouraging (not forcing) such takeup “weakens the software industry” and “fails to build respect for intellectual property rights”.

From the recommendation:

“The Indonesian government’s policy… simply weakens the software industry and undermines its long-term competitiveness by creating an artificial preference for companies offering open source software and related services, even as it denies many legitimate companies access to the government market.

Rather than fostering a system that will allow users to benefit from the best solution available in the market, irrespective of the development model, it encourages a mindset that does not give due consideration to the value to intellectual creations.

As such, it fails to build respect for intellectual property rights and also limits the ability of government or public-sector customers (e.g., State-owned enterprise) to choose the best solutions.

Let’s forget that the statement ignores the fact that there are plenty of businesses built on the OSS model (RedHat, WordPress, Canonical for starters). But beyond that, it seems astonishing to me that anyone should imply that simply recommending open source products – products that can be more easily tailored without infringing licensing rules – “undermines” anything.

In fact, IP enforcement is often even more strict in the open source community, and those who infringe licenses or fail to give appropriate credit are often pilloried.

If you’re looking at this agog, you should be. It’s ludicrous.

But the IIPA and USTR have form here: in recent years they have put Canada on the priority watchlist.

Comment: I should point out that Linux works fine with iPods and video chat. Skype 2.0 – which is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux – works perfectly with video chat. Pidgin supports video chat on many of the IM protocols which are supported by Pidgin. iTunes replacements such as Rhythmbox and Amarok work perfectly with iPods. I have personally used Rhythmbox to sync to an iPod. And Transgaming Cedega and newer versions of Wine and Codeweavers’ Crossover Games will play World of Warcraft with no problems. So don’t believe the corporate disinformation from Redmond and the Madison Ave. advertising executives. Linux does everything Microsoft does…except get infected on a routine basis by trojans and spyware and adware and viruses.

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M$’s Anti-Linux Training at Best Buy.
Submitted by twitter on Friday September 04, @10:15AM

twitter writes “Best Buy is one of the few national computer retailers that has survived Vista and the recession. Here’s how Microsoft is training their employees. It’s like a throwback from the badly discredited “Get the Facts” campaign.

I work at Best Buy (insert boos and hisses) and I was doing some Microsoft ExpertZone training. … during my training modules, a “Linux vs Windows 7″ module appeared. Here are screenshots of the lies Microsoft is portraying.

Okay so here’s where it starts getting bad. [bogus claims that gnu/linux won't work your ipod, do video chat, play World of Warcraft and so on]

If you have been paying attention, you know that the first slide is a lie. Windows 7 won’t provide familiarity, choice, compatibility, or peace of mind, really. Windows 7 is a service pack for Vista that comes at a cost to your freedom and privacy. Best Buy is in for a world of hurt if they believe what Microsoft is telling them.”

Link To Original Source

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Here are some of the screenshots in question.

Here are some of the screenshots in question.

Windows 7 upgrade rip-off for UK customers

,—-[ Quote ]
| Microsoft imposes 100% price hike
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http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/index.cfm?newsid=120256

They give the illusion Vista 7 is worth something and then bundle it with PCs
to make it look like a bargain. At the same time, those bullies use
racketeering tactics to tax Linux:

C’mon Steve…

,—-[ Quote ]
| Well, along comes Linux, and they say, “we have no price,” which of course,
| we know for IP and other reasons, of course they have a price. But they
| say “we have no price.”
|
| Notice how Steve diverts the attention of the public from the real issue
| here: money.
| What Steve here tries to underline – as he has done in oh-so-many-occasions -
| is the fact that everything has a price. If his company sells, then by
| comparison, what is free must also have a price. You see, for Steve is
| crucial that the consumers get brainwashed with this idea. Otherwise they
| could all just wake up one day and say “hey – what have we been paying for
| all this time? Why can Linux be free?”
| So this is the story of the happy little “intelectual property” fairy.
| Steve used to call Linux users “communists”. Linux used to be a “cancer”. Do
| you know what communists do? They monopolize people.
| Sounds familiar?
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http://www.mylro.org/blogs/mylro/?p=527

Microsoft is the next SCO.

Recent:

Windows 7: 83% Of Businesses Won’t Deploy Next Year

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| The survey, of more than 1,100 IT professionals, is one of the first
| extensive looks at Windows 7′s early sales prospects. It found that a
| whopping 83% of enterprises plan to skip the OS in its first year. While the
| business market typically tends toward caution when it comes to new products,
| the figure is nonetheless surprising given that almost no large companies
| migrated to Vista and as a result most have been using XP much longer than
| planned.
|
| [...]
|
| The open source Linux OS also could benefit from slow uptake of Windows 7 in
| the enterprise market, as could Google’s Android OS — which some computer
| makers are reportedly testing as a netbook platform. Fifty percent of those
| surveyed by Dimensional Research said they’ve considered switching to a
| non-Windows OS to avoid Vista or Windows 7
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/operatingsystems/showArti…

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