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problems by example


list of entries

  1. amazon
  2. apple
  3. facebook
  4. the fediverse
  5. github
  6. gnome
  7. gnu
  8. google
  9. ibm
  10. linux
  11. microsoft
  12. mozilla
  13. red hat
  14. spellcheckers


[lit]founded by someone now literally rich enough to be a handful of rogue nations, who treats warehouse workers like slaves, amazon poses an existential threat to all libraries. amazon controls your books after the purchase. publishers have always been at odds with libraries, despite the fact that libraries increase (rather than decrease) book sales-- publishers sometimes prefer control to profit. first sale doctrine, and the equivalent of first sale in other countries, means that libraries are not obligated to do what publishers want with their own copies. because of the dmca, and because of technical restrictions (drm), amazon has worked around first sale and retained control over books by encrypting them, and controlling the decryption keys. this means libraries exist only at the mercy of whoever controls these keys-- and in the long run, it means that regardless of first sale, librarians will be the slaves of publishing giants. [lit]


[lit]only apple could have created something like the app store and gotten away with it. computers tend to run any compatible software you throw at them, while the app store concept means that apple strictly controls what software titles you can run. there are ways around this, but the overall effect is that apple basically controls what software titles people are allowed to run on their own devices. compare this to android, where changing a setting lets you install any app you want. once apple got away with this egregious new level of control, other companies (like microsoft) tried to follow suit-- with varying levels of success. apple contributes substantially to the problem of riduculous patents that should be struck down, including software patents and similar-- and they are participants in the "war" on the gpl. [lit]


[lit]created on a foundation of user exploitation, by a person who said people were dumb to trust him, facebook spies on users and has engaged in broad, deliberate psychological manipulation and surveillance. facebook is a pox on humanity, and even most of the people who use it already have some inkling that this is true. [lit]

the fediverse

[lit]if the free software movement ever sorts itself out, the tools it uses will probably look like several of the tools used by the so-called fediverse. the advocates of these tools simultaneously talk about how the fediverse is censorship-proof (it isnt) and how to censor various things on it. this sort of doublespeak permeates everything they stand for, unfortunately. they also talk about freedom, while advocating the same mccarthyist censorship campaigns of the sort that ousted rms. then they develop everything-- *diaspora, mastodon, ssb*-- on microsoft github. my feeling is theyre either insincere, or (oddly akin to how many large corporations function) so compartmentalised that they dont get the entirely self-contradictory nature of what theyre doing. the fediverse is obviously the result of the sort of fake "open source" mentality that claims an ability to solve political issues with technical solutions-- even while ignoring and even working against relevant political solutions. really, whats more corporate than that? [lit]


[lit]apart from being non-free software, github is a trap for developers and projects alike. people who are entrenched by github find it very difficult to leave and take projects somewhere else. microsoft owns github, and has spent decades trying to control and infiltrate competitors. github is a perfect vehicle for this, but for some reason people try to treat github as a wholly separate entity from its owners. if the owners try to control and manipulate companies and projects they have no control over, why wouldnt they try to control and manipulate companies and projects they *do* have control over? github is an existential threat for all free software. but some people will insist it isnt so. handing a loaded gun to a known enemy who has spent decades trying to kill you is a really, really stupid idea. github is that loaded gun-- nobody other than microsoft has their finger on the trigger. [lit]


[lit]gnome has helped microsoft poach a number of key developers from free software, including one of gnomes founders. it is unusually uncooperative with developers of other projects whose toes it steps all over-- xfce being one recent example. its attitude towards users is pushy and condecending, and it has often promoted technologies that free software has warned against over patent traps. one such patent trap lead to a recent lawsuit that gnome settled, which may effectively make gnome not only an ally of bogus patents, but a bigger software freedom trap than ever before. [lit]


[lit]after decades of being the primary flagship of free software, it will take more than a paragraph of text to explain why gnu is now a problem for software freedom, rather than a solution. indeed, saving the gnu project would be a key way to help free software get back to being a real thing. but between the coup to do to the gnu leadership like the osi change in structure that made it easier for corporate sponsors to take over osi, and the project getting sucked gradually into github, nothing will likely get the attention of the gnu project other than a fork or a boycott. reasons to worry about the future (and present) of the gnu project are explored in detail on techrights, and will hopefully get explained in detail here as well. microsoft gnu-hub, part 1: [url]http://techrights.org/2020/05/03/gnuhub-pt-1[url] microsoft gnu-hub, part 2: [url]http://techrights.org/2020/05/05/gnuhub-pt-2[url] microsoft gnu-hub, part 3: [url]http://techrights.org/2020/05/08/gnuhub-pt-3[url] microsoft gnu-hub, part 4: [url]http://techrights.org/2020/05/09/gnuhub-pt-4[url] microsoft gnu-hub, part 5: [url]http://techrights.org/2020/05/17/gnuhub-pt-5[url] [lit]


[lit]more powerful than facebook, less intimidating than amazon (only when you weigh all the facts about both, which very few people do) google not only spies on everything you do online, it sends robots and satellites to take pictures of the outside of your house. google, like ibm and microsoft, has also helped take over free software organisations with large donations. [lit]


[lit]along with microsoft, ibm is working to take over all free software. as the owner of red hat, they maintain a cuckoo operating system that every user and developer is expected to nurture and care for (and develop around) on their own computer and in their own distribution. ibm taught microsoft every evil trick it knows. they have tried to direct the leadership of the free software foundation in its worst days, and they talk about "diversity" despite still not having apologised for their role in the nazi holocaust. [lit]


[lit]the linux foundation, along with torvalds himself, is now run by microsoft fanboys and people from microsoft. although the kernel is gpl, microsoft would rather take over the project than simply follow the license. at this point, calling it "microsoft linux" would not be entirely inaccurate. [lit]


[lit]the largest enemy of free software by far, microsoft has spent at least 20 years treating free software like any other competitor-- as something to be infiltrated, smeared, taken over, and[lit]/[lit]or destroyed. over the past half decade, they have made a great deal of progress, on own own turf-- with goals first made public in the late 1990s. they literally refer to this "control" and increased ownership of free software as "love". meanwhile, they drag various companies into "agreements" over whether they actually "own" all the software **we** created. microsoft has always tried to own and control the entire software world. we are no exception. [lit]


[lit]spies on users, taken over by other companies mentioned here, via similar tactics used to remove the leadership of both linux development, the fsf and the gnu project. mozilla was a good browser. now its an abomination. it is not going to get better, but mozilla has gone into overdrive introducing gimmicks and making everything they do sound revolutionary and helpful. mozilla is a huge lie, disguised as a web browser. it also supports an internet controlled by drm. [lit]

red hat

[lit]nearly a division of microsoft, red hat was purchased by ibm instead. that gives ibm a little more power that could otherwise be leveraged against them (microsoft was on the table as a buyer) though ibm and microsoft have lately been acting like the old dance partners they were in the 1980s-- when these two companies managed most of the software that didnt respect our freedom. [lit]


[lit]mozilla uses gnu aspell, libreoffice uses hunspell-- virtually all spellchecking in the free software world is controlled by microsoft github. home: [lit]https://boycottsoftware.neocities.org[lit]