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    Manjaro Shady Source of Income- Investigative Article

    As many of the more intelligent Phoronix users may have noticed, (regardless of the metrix of distrowatch), sometime in the recent past, very lesser known distro -Manjaro suddenly and out of the blue, became No 1 on distrowatch and today it has steady No 2 spot. For many people it was weired and they started to ask some questions. The answers were murky or there was no answer at all. As of today we still have no answer about this sudden phenomenon.


    GNU/Linx was always about transparency, source code included. We all know who sponsored Google when it launched. And what they do now? You know. So the question: who pays Manjaro is not without its merits.


    A lot of light about this phenomenon could be shed by a thread on Manjaro's own forum:

    https://forum.manjaro.org/t/manjaro-sponsorship/119445


    Comparing to Linux Mint:

    https://www.linuxmint.com/sponsors.php


    You see the immediate difference. Mint is a longstanding transparent project, while german Manjaro GmBH (Germans...I wander what are they famouse of...esp. in Poland...) [i.e. Limited Liability Company] is shrouded in complete secrecy about its finances. Some clues about this attacks and hostile behaviour on the forum and slashing the question about the source of income for Manjaro could be in this zdnet article:

    https://www.zdnet.com/article/micros...y-warns-study/

    German government considers Microsoft a threat to german sovereignty. What does that mean? That the income may come from german govt/military. So what? You may think.

    Let me explain first.

    This IS a big deal, because if they blantantly sponsored the distro, they would be attacked (vide MS vs Munchen). Attacked not only by Microsoft but also by various NSA entities. Spying on those pesky German, who want to create European Army (NATO has a firm grip on Germans after WWII and it became recent issue raised by Germans, while NATO and Poland-also NATO member- consider it a threat), would become more difficult.

    What you need to know is that german Internet is... havily monitored. [If you-the Phoronix readers- are not aware of this fact- please talk to someone form Germany- they will explain it to you what this means]. And this "monitoring" is priority for BND. Radical Muslim groups as well other etreme right oganisations are on the rise in Germany (search internet for it how many times they had to send black ops...) and they are the prime target for BND. Having such a distro widely adopted would mean they don't have to put much effort for creating tools to monitor people.

    And for Manjaro. If Manjaro is secretly sponsored by BND than it has different priorities. And these are not good for the end users. As per my recent posts I have already revealed that Manjaro lead developer blantantly refused releasing newer kernel with two security patches (because he has Ryzen and not Intel...) as well as Netflix having prioroty over security patches as well as releasing Firefox without sandboxing. And that may be just the tip of an iceberg.

    As you can see widespread adoption (Netflix over security) is priority. Security is the least concern. And this fits the overal picture: they don't want you to be secure- they want an independant tool to monitor you. This is why they cannot tell you who sponsors the distro. This is why they set up Ltd company as opposed to Foundation, because Ltd (GmBH) as opposed to public intrest foundation, doesn't have to reveal its income and doesn't have to be transparent.

    “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.” And we know the history. Especially the one Germans want the word to forget:

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=kbijTxhdbG0

    Deny, deny until it becomes the only truth.

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    Originally posted by Securitex View Post
    This IS a big deal, because if they blantantly sponsored the distro, they would be attacked (vide MS vs Munchen). Attacked not only by Microsoft but also by various NSA entities. Spying on those pesky German, who want to create European Army (NATO has a firm grip on Germans after WWII and it became recent issue raised by Germans, while NATO and Poland-also NATO member- consider it a threat), would become more difficult.

    What you need to know is that german Internet is... havily monitored. [If you-the Phoronix readers- are not aware of this fact- please talk to someone form Germany- they will explain it to you what this means]. And this "monitoring" is priority for BND. Radical Muslim groups as well other etreme right oganisations are on the rise in Germany (search internet for it how many times they had to send black ops...) and they are the prime target for BND. Having such a distro widely adopted would mean they don't have to put much effort for creating tools to monitor people.
    I think you are wrong in claiming that Germans want to create European Army. Defence-policy is dead last in German state funding lol. Soldiers lack personal gear, half or more of the machinery (including weapon platforms like fighter planes and main battle tanks) are either "down for maintenance" or cannibalized for parts.
    Germans are so brain-washed after WWII with their collective war-guilt ideology that Bundeswehr is no more than a ghost army.
    Just random article from Google query to give you basic idea: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/08/...complete-joke/

    "Germans will fight to the last Pole", as is now. Because Polish Army is more capable of defending Germany than Germans themselves. To put it bluntly. Germans are pumping outrageous sums into refugees but leaving their "immune system" (army) intentionally weak because their domestic power dynamics abhors anything conceivable as "militarism".

    Monitored internet is nothing new. At this point, I'd guess majority of EU member states are conducting surveillance on their internet users. French surveillance is even worse. No point to start with Brits (or their GCHQ).

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