Posts Tagged ‘opensource’

FSF Richard Stallman reports Spying Ubuntu; Canonical getting offensive

this post was written in a lot of hurry and much more anger by a non-native English speaker and even I find it bad reading again…

one of the readers have been kind enough to proof-read and rewrite it here as comment (thanks):



First a backgrounder regarding what happened recently to annoy me (and hopefully many others) to the point that I’m posting on my wtf-happens-in-tech-blog after so much time has passed.


One of the most (in recent years) popular Debian-based GNU/Linux distros, Ubuntu, has been found to be using a feature which analyses user behaviour to serve advertisements more accurately targeted towards users perceived needs.

RMS (Richard Matthew Stallman) compared it to a proprietary malware product performing user surveillance for profit; As in Selling out users, who trusted the software because of promotion by various FOSS advocates and users… for money. Speaking for myself and some users known to me personally, Ubuntu was initially tried and used under the pretence that it fell under the guidelines of Free Software.

Richard’s report on User Spying Ubuntu:

Ubuntu spying Users Activity
Ubuntu spying Users Activity


There have been replies to the piece by a few people, one of which being a ‘personal’ reply from Jono Bacon(Ubuntu Community Manager) which was brought to my attention via a HackerNews Top List.

Bacon claims that RMS is being childish for taking a stand against Ubuntu Dash sending user data to Canonical Servers and accuses him of spreading FUD (Fear Uncertainty, and Doubt) regarding the issue. Shockingly, while dismissing blithely all the factual points in RMS piece, Bacon then askes for facts?!

F***king **it, dumb software-issues-illiterate fan-clubs.

RMS for most of his life (longer than I’ve lived) has been promoting Free Software on the ethics of respecting users freedoms, privacy and self determination for users to choose how to use software. He is a super dedicated Free Software advocate loved and respected by the entire (ok, most of it) Free Software community for his devotion; Yet over the years has endured being insulted and dismissed as eccentric by people who see him only as an obstacle on their road to marketing software.

As for FUD, the truth is that if a piece of code on my system (that was installed by a service I trusted to respect my user freedoms) starts sending my usage data online to some server for any purpose without explicitly informing me…baby, that’s spyware!

Now, different organizations have been pulling loads of user data to their servers for to facilitate ‘better service’ for quite some time now.. nowadays it’s even jargonized as “TheBigData”. That doesn’t make it Ethical in any way though. Unless you are some FB teenager waiting for Likes on your post of new amazing shoes you bought with the help of a magical advertisement served to you that considered what your friends bought, which shops are near your home, and what kind of places you visit to determine your financial worth; It’s not particularly wanted either.


There was a piece posted a few months back by Mark Shuttleworth (founder of Canonical) regarding why it’s essential this chaos-creating product Ubuntu Dash be pushed in even before maturing enough to include a turn-on/off option. He said the encryption would be placed on queries in the release version and the turn-on/off setting would be controllable by the 13.04 release at the latest.

But Mr.Space Cadet gives no proper justification for Ads (and denies any ads are being promoted in favour of Amazon or their ties to Canonical), he just says that he chose Amazon because most Ubuntu users use Amazon. Oh! Seriously…was it that easy now ?! On those Amazon ties: There is a very fine question asked in the same vein within the comments section of the very same piece regarding why the useful DuckDuckGo search service is not also used to enhance user experience experience. No reply to that; Maybe Mr. Shuttleworth just doesn’t read his own blog?

Although I haven’t used Ubuntu in the past few years, I have continued to use other GNU/Linux flavours. I would certainly not suggest Ubuntu, as I once did to new tux lovers, to anyone now.

So as RMS said….. boling his own words

to all Free Software supporters….. Ubuntu is shunned for spying.


Open Virtualization Alliance ~ noble cause, don’t know about motive

Open Virtualization Alliance ~

{ (Intel+IBM+HP+RedHat+Novell+BMC+Eucalyptus)>VMWare? OpenVirtualizationAlliance:VMWareAppliances }

Open Virtualization Alliance has been setup by IBM, Intel, RedHat, & HP (as Governing Bodies) to promote adoption of OpenSource Virtualization Stack built over KVM Hypervisor.

Novell, BMC Softwares & Eucalyptus Systems are also backing up the cause being members of the alliance.

Alliance’s Link:

KVM’s Link:

noble cause,

their projected motives are
> increase awareness about KVM as an open virtualization alternative to proprietary
> educate users on best practices & provide technical advice
> encourage organizations/developers building a 3rd-party utility base around KVM raising it from commodity of HyperVisor to overall virtualization solution
> Intel is talking about making its chips work with KVM Technology Stack at scale
> IBM overlooks Xen HyperVisor as choice and says it continues support for Xen, but all new development will be in KVM

don’t know about motive

They are trying to catch-up VMWare (in their own words).

But, as they are projecting it ‘FOR THE SAKE OF OPENSOURCE’, doesn’t seem to be such prior concern for all the members… let’s have a look at members

>IBM is ‘IBM’, the (self-)claimed biggest contributor of OpenSource in past & one of the major players in the game of buying organizations… which starts favoring OpenJDK after an organization like ‘Oracle’ overtakes it & an organization like ‘Apache Software Foundation’ leaves JCP… nice new friends, all for OpenSource right

>RedHat, the BIG commercial organization  using the biggest OpenSource Project

>HP, they seem nice {I got nothing against them from what all I know…}

>Intel, was very ‘competition-friendly’ when AMD terrorized it reign… yeah sure, and the alliance still talks about their motive to remove monopoly

>BMC Software, they seem nice too {never read them enough…}

>Eucalyptus Systems, they are a nice open-source cloud contributor who also like to make some money… which is good until just the money part remains

>Novell, no need to comment on them and their patent issues…  the recent famous action by them was acquisition of ‘AttachMate’ and throwing out the ‘Mono’ guy ‘Miguel De Icaza’

They will drive KVM to a new improved level… it will be good if the don’t kill it’s charm for OpenSource lovers.
Biz-ocracy might lead to something good too.

Oracle’s 7 recent deeds as Sun… and what ‘It feels like’

here are 7 recent & yet-to-come needs and deeds by Oracle via Sun… and how it felt being a Java lover from OpenSource community

Oracle’s 7 Deeds As Sun :: without any priority order ::



[1.] Developer Day Workshops
a lot of emphasis being paid on it being free… still free, always free

>>>>>It feels like: The right earned by dedication of OpenSource community, has been trademark-ed as Oracle’s charity work.



[2.] Several User Group Leaders Summit 2011 Report
Henrik on why Oracle will strive to make sure Java is successful: “There are 20K developers working on Java inside Oracle, can’t mess with Java.
Steve Harris on Why didn’t Oracle shutdown GlassFish: “The developer community of 10million downloads is very dear to Oracle.

>>>>>It feels like: Being Oracle!



[3.] Java SE and Java for Business Support RoadMap
Normal Java SE releases are updated with bug-fixes for a period of at least 3-yrs.
Java for Business releases will be supported for upto 8-yrs.
Oracle also provides option of Lifetime Support to corporates with Java for Business reaching their license’s End-Of-Life; covering your entire technology stack from database to middleware to applications.

>>>>>It feels like: Microsoft version of Java Services.
I don’t know why initial news of IBM trying to buy Sun Microsystems make me worried
I’d have setup a Save-OpenSource-Community-Fund to aid IBM if knew about Oracle’s plans of buying.
Looking at Oracle’s actions, give me a feel-good notion for Microsoft‘s current stage.



[4.] Hudson’s Bright Future
Oracle and Sonatype are each putting a number of full-time engineering resources on Hudson.
Oracle’s lead on Hudson, Winston Prakash created a detailed documentation simplifying how Hudson can be improved.

>>>>>It feels like: Gosling left Sun, Apache left JCP… thankfully Koshuke had an option, he left Hudson and got a new butler Jenkins.



[5.] Java ME enables Facebook to run on billions of phones
Facebook just announed immediate availability of their Java ME version.
Facebook has been working on it with Snaptu.
It works on more than 2500 devices from Nokia, Sony Ericsson and others.

>>>>>It feels like: Sued Google for Android, forked IcedRobot in name of OpenJDK… now helping JavaME version into ventures where it needed no help.



[6.] Looking Ahead to Java SE 7 & 8 : discussion with Oracle’s Java Language Architect
Project Lambda, an element of Java SE 8 providing closures and related language features for Java, as well as upgrades to Core Java libraries to more easily express parallel calculations on collections.
JSR292 – InvokeDynamics would work in making JVM more deeply interactive with other language compilers running over JVM like JRuby, Jython, etc

>>>>>It feels like: if Sun had the same shine as before instead of the new O-Factor, I’d have wanted it sooner… but now, let it come when it has to…



[7.] JDK7 is feature complete

>>>>>It feels like: Yay!!! great… but thats not it.


Nagios Trademark Issue (in-1-Word: ‘Shameful’)

Nagios, one of the best organization level IT Infrastructure Monitoring solution that I used.
If you don’t know what’s Nagios itself, look here :

Now, on 29-Sep-2010 I saw a post by creator of Nagios, Ethan Galstad telling how a German Company has violated and misused the name of ‘Nagios’ to promote itself. Ethan stated how this German Company, NETWAYS used ‘Nagios’ trademark to promote their stuff by hosting ‘NETWAYS Nagios Conferences’ and registering domains using the trademark. Ethan also states how he has been trying to stop this since he first came to know about this in year 2006… and till date their was no positive response.

He asked for all community believing in him to tweet/scrap/* the matter and make the matter socially more important. I also tweeted, scrapped and talked about the issue. And, just 1 hour back I get a reply from owner of NETWAYS (which other reponders would also have received).

Owner and MD of NETWAYS, Julian Hein just replied with a link to post on his website explaining his part on the story. He discussed there why initially  due to creating Nagios based services and absence of Ethan’s venture in Germany he started using the Nagios Trademark. He also writes why due to the popularity of his domains and integration of his Nagios related services (in several Suse and Debian distros), he was not able to change them. But he has agreed to transfer the Trademark.

Not only this, but he also tells how Ethan did a similar thing with French Nagios Community and Shinken to force them giving up their relation to Nagios Trademark.

Now, I’m in a confused state of which part of whose viewpoint is correct or even if both are correct what could be justified solution.

But, what I know is that there are enough corporates out there ready to hinder opensource by their lawsuits, so we as a community of OpenSource supporters should not indulge in internal fights. Where one should respect creative rights, then at the same place one should encourage other’s creation related to his own… that’s how the open-thought can stay alive.

Ethan’s Appeal:

Julian’s Counter:

Its leaving the soul of OpenSource, if anyone’s viewpoint about another is true. I hope its a mis-understanding that they could resolve quickly.