What You Think is None of My Business

“How can we know what other people think about us?”
I gave an answer to this question asked on Quora.

TL;DR: If I focus on actionable behaviors that reflect my values, what other people think about me is really none of my business unless I need to correct something about what I am doing.

A friend gave me wise council about a problem I had about what other people thought about me. In this instance, my specific problem was in the context of my new position with a software company in role that required working with people who, frankly, were my superior in every way with regards to programming, industry knowledge and architectural mastery. I was intimidated and afraid of failing.

I had almost convinced myself that I would probably be summarily dismissed and thought incompetent by virtue of simply not having the  ‘pedigree’  the people working in this engineering group had. As hires go, I was atypical to the group as far as demographics.

So, struggling against my own doubt and insecurity, I sought the advice of my friend and he asked me to think about the following and then apply what it informed me as to this concern of mine.

His advice was something like this:

There are, if you will, four kinds of people that you will meet.

People who will like you for the wrong reasons;People who will like you for the right reasons;
People who will dislike you for the wrong reasons; andPeople who will dislike you for the right reasons.

Of these groups, there is only one that you should be rightly concerned about what they think of you.

What the other groups of people think are either beyond the scope of your influence or otherwise not any of your business.

People who like you, like you for reasons, right or wrong, but because they have determined to like you, what they think about you takes care of itself.

People who dislike you for reasons that are wrong (i.e. arbitrary, irrational, prejudicial)  do not share similar values with you, and therefore whatever they think about you will always be colored by those values and thus, will not have any worth in your knowing what they are. In other words, knowing what they think doesn’t add any value to your benefit.

However, the last group of people, those that dislike you for the right reasons, are those whose thinking should legitimately concern you.

Because of all of these people, those that dislike you for reasons that you believe are justified are the only people who provide you the opportunity to recognize and change what it is you actually should change.

What anyone thinks about us, in general, is only our business when we are invited to know because they are shared with us directly, or we become a stakeholder in someone else’s thoughts about us as a result of our being accountable to what is valued.

For what it’s worth, I did learn something that I would apply to the concerns I had.
In effect, it established the general attitude I take to new work projects and people.

This includes foremost a respect for the role each person contributes, the humility to recognize what I do and do not know and the courage to admit and correct my own limitations and errors.

How this translates personally from my own values is most evident as principles I apply about the value of a person’s time and one that considers how my decisions affect those working downstream of what I am doing.

I also learned from working with brilliant and expertly skilled people, that often the best contribution I will make is making it incumbent upon myself to be cognizant of not impeding other’s progress by inefficient use of time or being a source of obstacles in other people’s path.

No one should have to trip over what I am doing in order get shit done. I think this was why my colleagues at the new job liked me, despite whatever they thought about my proletarian education, MENSA member status, or taste in shoes.

And, this is, pretty much, the best I can hope to achieve with regards to what others may think.

Focus on addressing operant behaviors with regards to how I engage with others and if it’s any of my business, consider the subjective things (like personal opinions, constructs and preferences) if it adds value.

Feminist Entitlement to Male Spaces

Why are feminist women so fucking pathetic? – http://wp.me/p63zGP-2qX

JB doesn’t spare any words when she calls out the women crying foul for being excluded from a male-only space.

The bottom line is all about control. Women who make the hypocritical, fallacious arguments such as those made by Laura Bates are operating from a belief that they are entitled to be involved with whatever men are doing anywhere it’s being done to either show how “equal” they are or to monitor the activity for behavior that isn’t feminist-approved.

And every single time a golf club or an institution panders to these demands and gives over their spaces to intruding feminist bullies, they weaken the fabric of our society.

Please, please stop giving in to these demands. We recognize you may be attempting to compromise in good faith, but you are admitting lunacy, not rational adults, into your space.
They intend to dismantle all that was built, ridicule all tradition, demonize it, even.

You will be left standing emasculated wondering what happened to your balls. Well, when you open the waters to piranhas and sharks, expect to lose a few pounds of flesh.

These women have a taste for devouring what defines you.
You would be well warned to fight them as if you were defending your life..because, ultimately, you are.

I, too, will enthusiastically volunteer to stand outside and defend your space against these mutants.

Just say the word.

Hit Me in the Nose, See How it Goes

I want to make a few comments in response to JBs post, and the first is the general disagreement I have that physical assault is a deserved response for the contexts given.

But, before going into the rationale, I want to make clear that I agree 1000% that women are responsible in almost every case (excepting when in the grip of a pathologically violent or substance disordered person) of provocation when a man resorts to violence.

Even for women that are conscious of their susceptibility to defend and attack by verbal and/or emotional manipulation, when under enough strain, all people, no matter the sex, will fall back into a default mode that is familiar to them. This tends to be what we observed and internalized while developing from child to adult in the family of origin. We do, in times of stress. what we know , and it is what’s most familiar the overwhelmed mind will switch on cruise control.

As a personal example, last week I wanted to spend more time with the man I’ve been dating after we had already had dinner and spent a few hours having fun in the city.

He drove me home to drop me off but I was disappointed. Instead of recognizing that my disappointment was something that would resolve itself as soon as I stopped feeding it, I chose that opportunity to attempt manipulating my friend into spending more time with me by attempting to appeal to his emotions.

To his credit, he didn’t bite and went home. The next day I apologized for my inconsideration. It was a work night. He had to get up at 5 or 6 the next morning. He had already made a heroic gesture by asking me out after having spent the day working construction in the hot sun. I’m sure he was tired. His feet probably hurt. But, he likes me enough to think spending that time with me is worth the sacrifice.

And I was selfish and wanted my way. And I KNOW BETTER..but, I was under another kind of pressure and when stressed, I can return to a state that knows but doesn’t care. No one is perfect about any part of this relationship dynamic we each have with rest of the world.

When it comes up in my own life, the best I can do is recognize what I’m doing and take responsibility for it. I’m probably never going to be ‘cured’ of my human ‘underbelly’ but I can manage it.

And, then, of course there exists those creatures  that take pleasure and great pride in their ability to create as much turbulence and drama possible. With women, it is invariably with the words they choose.

There are women, like my mother, who will provoke a man every way possible, even striking him first or mocking him openly and publicly, in order to ensure herself a chance to milk the rewards of victim hood once he responds physically. She’ll accuse him of doing so if he doesn’t physically respond that is how much she desires control. I’ll stop short of mentioning the contrived sexual thrill seeking this provocation serves, but its safe to assume this is as probable as it is inflammatory.

But does anyone, even a provocateur such as this, deserve to be physically harmed? I think that answer is “no”. I agree it would be valid to feel enraged enough to do it, but it is not useful and is basically feeding the troll, as it were. Baiting someone into losing their composure so as to respond with a physical assault is clearly a victory for the one who is baiting. It brings the other person down to the level of making decisions based solely on how they feel. Emotionally charged behavior is not usually the best choice of those we can make. Rage is especially dangerous because our ability to reason while actively enraged is physiologically impaired if not disabled, altogether, for a period of time.

The only defensible and deserved cause of a physical assault is one that is made because it is the most effective means of protecting one’s self from imminent harm or when protecting another person from imminent harm when a better alternative isn’t available.

Even the use of corporal punishment as it applies to children, is meaningless when done by an enraged adult. Why? Because the adult is reduced to behaving in the same emotional realm as a child.

It feels good to imagine it, but, again, there is that pesky feeling concept, again. Feelings are not facts. They aren’t accurate maps of reality. They indicate what direction the winds of emotion are blowing and the direction the ship may be heading if left with no one at the helm to steer her.

Goodbye, USA. Nice Knowing You.

Good job, feminists.

Welcome to the beginning of our end.

The House Armed Services Committee voted Wednesday to include the provision requiring women to register in the 2017 Defense Bill. Congress is not expected to finalize the bill until this fall.
Although I do understand that it is indeed more fair that an involuntary draft be shared by both genders, I also know that it would have not been necessary if not for the women that insisted and continue to insist that women should be men. That women are, in fact, better at being men, than men.
Well, now that they’ve convinced the government I predict it will not go well the very first time women are required to show up after receiving their draft notice.
Either they will pitch a hissy fit and demand a reprieve, or they will go to war and everyone dies. Everyone they are encumbering on the front lines, that is.
This is just a quick rant. I’ll have to dive deeper in the next post.
God, we might be doomed. Thank a feminist.

We Make Our Bed to Lie In


Here, we don’t think it would happen to us.
We think we are immune from the savagery
of human desperation, human hate, human inhumanity.
How we even define these words: desperation, hate, inhumanity reflect our biased beliefs. These definitions contain nothing of what we have no experience. Not here.

So it is no wonder that we aren’t concerned about what we’re doing to our men. Beginning with our young sons, we have swallowed our good sense. We may one day choke on realizing that we didn’t fail our sons. No, we didn’t fail our brothers and our men. We failed everyone.

We failed our forebears and we failed future generations of people living free from tyranny, free from enslavement to others.

We will fail humanity if we do not acknowledge and end our campaign that may very well become our march to death.

When the very worst happens, when the borders are breeched, when the doors are broken down and the monstrosity of war invites itself to your family’s dinner table, you will understand.
Finally, you will understand that what we need, what all women need, is to live among men that are willing and eager to defend their people. If your children are yet grown, you will understand that what we need, what all of us need, are men that aren’t ‘nice’. We don’t need men that are sensitive, considerate of your needs or cooperative with our demands.
We never needed this.
When the world around goes dark with war, we will need what we have rejected and despised.
When my world is threatened, my home under siege, I want a killer. I want a bad man, a man that is vicious, violent and has blood lust to protect and defend his people, his family, his honor. We should have been raising our sons with both appreciation and respect for their natural aggressions and tendencies to fight. We should have been raising our daughters to keep their egos in under control and to be accountable for their relationships.

We needed to feed the egos of our men, not deprive and starve them by throwing a scrap when we could be bothered to care. We should have never believed the lies.
Instead, we raised our sons to play nice. We raised our sons to be mothers of the children we abandoned to pursue our selfish desires and petty wants. We don’t know what we want. We never considered the possibility that maybe we don’t always think rationally. We never considered for a moment that perhaps the problems we see are problems we created.

No, instead: We medicated our sons. We reduced them to commodities, disposable labor, cheap sex.
They become men that will turn and run away when the enemy is at the door. They still run faster than us, you know. We tried to bring them down to our size, to equalize the differences, and we succeeded in making them equally useless to defend us. The weak, the vulnerable, the very young and the very old have no one to champion them in the face of disaster.

This is our fault. This is the fault of women.
We said we can do anything a man can do. Some even insisted that we can do it better.
We swallowed that lie and we have poisoned the well that would have saved us.

Fit to Work











It’s been four full months since the surgery. After years of worsening and weakening decline, today, I know the surgery fixed what was crippling me.
I’m out back, behind the house, down its’ steep slope it sets on, cutting back bramble and vines that are choking out the trees. It’s not dainty work but I haven’t even broken a sweat after climbing and chopping and rolling brush down the hill.
I haven’t been this physically strong in a very long time.
So, I’m feeling pretty grateful and a little bit like I’m a bad ass rocking the dirt, again.
It doesn’t hurt that it’s a gorgeous day here in North Portland.
Tonight, it’s a concert. I was invited to see @2CELLOS
And if you never heard or seen these two Croatian guys on the webs, you should check it out.

I like being out of my head like this.

We Have Seen the Enemy



As always, JudgyBitch has written on a thought provoking topic. And, per usual, I had to take what was supposed to be simple comment and transfer it, here, when it became too wordy. (And, admittedly, it’s probably too wordy as a final blog post, but, I fight that battle incrementally.)

This time the subject includes the phenomenon of women sabotaging other women. Her article focuses primarily on the premise that women heartily support other women that are overweight because this gives them a competitive edge. By creating the belief that being fat is acceptable, the theory goes, those women that are overweight or would lean towards becoming so, will, thereby, reducing their ability to compete in the ‘sexual market place’.

From JudgyBitch’s article:

It always comes down to sexual economics with women, and especially with feminists. Feminism is collective bargaining for women to keep the price of women high. Women used to keep their own prices high when they controlled access to sex, but the sexual revolution destroyed that quite nicely, leaving women bereft of power. Now women are in full out, cut throat competition with one another, while pretending to be part of a sisterhood of love and acceptance.

That’s an interesting idea and one I’ve run across before. It just doesn’t make sense to me because anyone with the ability to read and think understands that obesity is not in any person’s best interest and to think otherwise is simply not rational. But, I can see how women comforting and encouraging other women who are unhappy with their weight could be interpreted as having ulterior motives. It depends on what the message is that they are giving.

That women are vicious to one another, there is no argument. The motive I am not entirely certain is a binary one.

It’s clever. It’s also cruel. No one hates other women quite like women do. And no one hates other women more than a feminist.

I don’t know. Sometimes, I think I dislike women more than the average xx hater and I definitely reserve special disdain for those women that use the system to skirt accountability (today’s feminist). I know exactly what she is referring to and having experienced it first from my feminist 2.0 mother, my response wasn’t to conform to the same behavior but to avoid relationships with women altogether when it wasn’t impossible to do so. And I am unapologetic to that end.

This doesn’t mean that I am inherently any different from other women, because I’m not. What is different is having had the ability and incentive to recognize the reality that exists which contain the ingredients that make poor behavior readily possible and subsequently disciplining oneself to not engage in acting that way. And, I don’t care who you are, I doubt any woman will ever be perfectly successful in this effort.

It is exactly the same for men. They manage their own traits that make them prone to behaviors that they correct for. Whereas theirs may involve physical acts of aggression, ours are centered more around conflating emotional responses to being the same as rational consideration. We tend to first assume whatever we are feeling is true or speaks to something being true. That is simply incorrect and causes all kinds of problems in the world of relationships, parenting, politics and personal efficacy.

So, while it is true that women are susceptible to a host of biologically influenced and socially reinforced behaviors, it is also true that women have the ability to identify the source and manage as any adult would be accountable to do.

But, our society sends strong messages countering this belief and rewards women for acting without integrity. In fact, women are rarely exposed to lessons that teach and reinforce concepts of integrity, duty, honor or valor. We do experience themes of sacrifice, cooperation, friendliness, and compassion. This is just referring to the general societal framework everyone develops within from birth to adulthood. What we receive individually is an entirely random ball of wax.

Speaking to my personal experience with this propensity of many women towards overt and covert hostility, it hasn’t always been possible to altogether, avoid . And in those circumstances involving employment, in-laws, etc., if I wasn’t outright steamrolled, each and every instance required managing for either the aggressors or the covert tactics of the type that includes what is described, in the article, that being the most benign manifestation. I’ve rarely been completely successful

It’s been dialing down as I get older, but I haven’t turned the corner quite yet, so still catch the occasional backhanded compliment or bullshit comment.

Now, I get to walk my 21 and 25 year old daughters through it when they sense something ‘amiss’ with another woman in their lives, whether she is a friend, co-worker or social acquaintance.

Unlike me, both my girls have been outgoing. One is a perpetrator but is still figuring this out and the other has recognized that she wants no part of it. She’s exceptionally physically attractive and attracts immediate female hostility that she doesn’t fully understand, yet, as something that she cannot prevent from occurring, no matter what she does. That’s simply the way it goes. She gets the societal benefits of being attractive, and likewise, bears the costs.
So, I am only able to offer her some words of wisdom such as not expecting reason to work when trying to solve problems created by irrationally driven behavior. And, on the flip side, not to go to the hardware store expecting to buy bread. Their social needs that require a buddy to do female interest things belong in a relationship with a woman, not a husband or boyfriend.

My general disinterest in having female friends is not what would work for my daughters, and that is probably more a function of having had a failed role model who acted egregious enough to cause me to reject the role completely and my individual deficits in social intelligence because of my not being inclined towards socializing any more than I have been obliged to.

As an individual, I happen to have personality traits that aren’t very dependent on socializing. I’m reserved, pragmatic and I spend my time in my head no matter what I’m doing. So, when I need a “girlfriend” type of support, I hire a therapist. I’ve also never been chatty and similarly, I tend not to enjoy being engaged too long with chatty people. Women, in general, talk more than men do, in my opinion. My relative silence creates immediate awkwardness with women that, again, I am not apologetic about.

So, as far as my daughters are concerned, the goal is making sure they can discern who to befriend and then to practice sharing girlfriend things with their girlfriends and to vigilantly resist the temptation to make the men in their lives substitute girlfriends.

When women insist that men serve as the source of what we would expect from other women, those same women wind up wondering why they aren’t attracted to their man, anymore, after they’ve, in effect, emasculated him. So, I don’t want my girls to have that kind of crazy interfering with their having successful relationships with the men they will probably one day marry. (If the feminist social politics don’t fuck that possibility up altogether beforehand, that is.)

But, the bottom line is I got the same potential crazy making juju. To illustrate, my writing is probably so verbose to compensate for how terse I am when speaking. All that talking I’m not doing has to be counterbalanced, somehow. I am a woman, after all, and some things are just the nature of the beast.

My Hero

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My grandfather, William McKendry, passed away 29 years ago, today.

This photo was taken after Grandpop came home from WWII where he served in the Philippines. He brought back two souvenirs from the war: a bullet that was later removed and malaria. He drove an army ambulance, picking up the wounded on the front line.

Home, Grandpop could fix anything. He was a man who would only purchase American made cars. He preferred Chevrolets. I spent so many hours over many years standing next to him quietly in the garage watching him work his magic under the hood. He and I shared a similar reserved nature. Neither of us liked to be inside the house. Both of us liked to be busy doing something all the time.

Grandpop was my model of male behavior. Because my mother often left me with my grandparents for months or years at a time without warning, he was my anchor of stability.

He loved me and I adored him. Almost 30 years later, and still, the tears come when I think about how much I miss him. He was a man of his word and his integrity was unquestionable. He was a hero. For his country. For his grand daughter.

I love you, Grandpop. Thank you for everything you gave.

Female Privilege

“You can’t win.”
A poignant observation by Janet Bloomfield @JudgyBitch in her post today that inspired me to rant some more about the hypocrisy of the feminist  perspective. Or, ‘female privilege’.

Most of us know at least one woman (but, let’s be honest, we know of many more or have been this woman, ourselves) that lose control when angry with a man and either physically attack him or scream within inches of his face, the type of woman that incites or all but begs for reciprocating violence. And any man that can resist defending himself from this kind of abuse would possess an extraordinary superhuman power of resolve. Yet, he can’t win. If a woman chooses, she can decide to be both the aggressor of violence AND the victim of the violence she deliberately provokes.

Women generally are less physically powerful than men (excepting individual physical limitations due to age, injury, or disability). The weapon we bring to a fight is our mouth.

Women develop a mastery of verbal assault and manipulation that is destructive to any relationship they use this weapon to fight a man-whether he is her mate or her son.

A woman will provoke or attenpt to provoke violence and then, to ensure that she ultimately wins  her battle,, she knows she will be able to convince law enforcement that she is the victim and have that man removed from his home or arrested.

She can’t lose. Unless, of course, she is dead. Some women play their game too close to the edge and do find themselves on the receiving side of a lethal response.
In my opinion, most men are valiant, not violent, except when provoked. If you provoke a man, you should be equally expect to bear the natural consequences.

But this brings us back to being an adult. Adults both understand and assume responsibility for the natural or logical consequences of their decisions and actions.

Unfortunately, our society is encouraging women to expect that they are not responsible for consequences of their decisions.

They are told that they have the “right” to say what they want however they want to say it, to be as sexually active and provocative as they want wherever they want and to do anything a man does but not anything they don’t want to do (a choice men aren’t given).
And to all that I say..more power to us.

The problem is that we aren’t being held responsible for the consequences of what we do when the results aren’t what we wanted.

It is this absence of balancing “equality” with personal accountability that is creating an insane belief of entitlement that argues from insanely contradictory positions of women being both equal adults and vulnerable children.
It must be one or the other.

Sure, go to a frat party and present yourself as a sexual goddess that is DTF. Get wasted on alcohol or ecstasy and when you begin to regain sobriety during the course of being trained by a half dozen drunk football players, you have a choice to either be an adult and take responsibility for the consequences of the choices you made that led to your miserable condition or you can choose to respond to the humilation you feel by pretending you are a child and blaming everything and everyone but yourself for what any person with common sense would have been capable of recognizing as an unacceptable risk.

And society will eagerly embrace your victimhood and will vilify anyone that suggests you had it coming.
Well, guess what? Fuck you. You had it coming.

To be equal requires bearing equal measure– both good and bad. We don’t get to cherry pick and demand that men need to change everything about themselves in order to accommodate women not having bad consequences they don’t want to be accountable for creating.

If a woman has the right to be sexually active GREAT. And when consequences of sexual activity include an unwanted pregnancy then she needs to be accountable for her part in allowing that to happen.

And if she was impregnated while engaging in sex with a man she had no reason to expect an 18+ year commitment from, she can be an adult and assume full responsibility for what she does with her body or she can act like a victim and make everyone else pay the consequence of her decisions.

We, and by “we” I mean we women who are not altogether, completely bat shit crazy (and any woman who still has estrogen and progesterone cycling up and down every month  probably has to accept this makes her a candidate for being at least a little bat shit  kooky, if not crazy.), really need to open our mouths and call bullshit on the women in our lives when they make these contradictory argunents or give irrational expkanations to justify the stupid choices they make or why consequences don’t apply to them.

Because the truth of the matter is it takes one to know one.
Men can suspect, but women *know* manipulation when they see it.

Just bitching about all those other women that I’m not like is not only useless, it proves the point that it is exactly what I’m like.

I have two adult daughters and they trust me to tell them the truth even when the truth isn’t unicorns and glitter fairies.

My eldest went to a party and drank until she was too intoxicated to manage herself or her surroundings and was molested by a guy who took the opportunity to feel up a hot girl that was too drunk to get away.

Was he a scumbag that I would happily crack across the kneecaps with a baseball bat given the chance? Probably.

Did I respond upon hearing about this by telling my daughter that she was a blameless victim of circumstance in a patriarchal oppressive society infested with rapists and thugs (men)?
No. I did not.

She was reminded of mommy’s definition of empowerment: Own your experience. No matter what it is, if you are an adult with self agency you are only as powerful as your willingness to be 100% accountable for owning your life.

This means never identifying as a victim that is controlled by what others do.

Others do what they do and I get to choose what I feel and do in response. No one makes us feel anything.

If my daughter doesn’t like the way it felt being physically  violated while she was too wasted to protect herself, she can choose not to contribute to the risk it will happen again by making better decisions that ensure she is able to manage herself and her environment and avoid asshats and humiliation. Lesson learned.

And, no, I’m not a cold hearted ignorant bitch. I’m experienced and I’m not afraid of being corrected when I’m wrong. Therefore, I learn and adjust.

But I am all but through being patient with the feminist agenda because it is threatening the future for my own children’s happiness and is encroaching dangerously close to my rights of free expression.

I hate (a word I use sparingly) bullies and as far as I am concerned, feminism is bully with a ‘B’.

And I am not afraid of them because they are completely, absolutely 100% full of their own shit.

Copyright Non-Compliance & VMware


The Software Freedom Conservancy organization is financing the legal costs for a lawsuit filed in a German court against virtualization tech giant, VMware, by Linux kernel contributor Christopher Hellwig.

The suit alleges that VMware has failed to comply properly with the terms of the GPLv2. GPLv2 is the licence of Linux and many other Open Source and Free Software included in VMware’s ESXi products.

And, because of this non-compliance with the GPL licensing terms, certain VMware ESXi products infringed Hellwig’s own copyrights.

Of course, if this is true, Hellwig is not unique in his claims. A simplified explanation of the argument is that VMware has combined Linux source code that is released for use under terms of GPL copyright with proprietary code as ‘vmkernel’

Because vmkernel is distributed as part of a shared binary combined inextricably with components that form ESXi, GPLv2 terms of use would require VMware to provide complete corresponding source code.

By not doing so, the allegation is that vmWare misappropriated Hellwig’s copy written work by using it to create an original product without his permission.

VMware’s defense in part claims that vmklinux
is an “interoperability module” which communicates through a stable interface called VMK API.”

For purposes of the suit in Germany, ‘interoperability’ and ‘interface’ is defined by the European Parliament and of the Council Direction April 23, 2009 “on the legal protection of computer programs”


The function of a computer program is to communicate and work together with other components of a computer system and with users and, for this purpose, a logical and, where appropriate, physical interconnection and interaction is required to permit all elements of software and hardware to work with other software and hardware and with users in all the ways in which they are intended to function. The parts of the program which provide for such interconnection and interaction between elements of software and hardware are generally known as ‘interfaces’. This functional interconnection and interaction is generally known as ‘interoperability’; such interoperability can be defined as the ability to exchange information and mutually to use the information which has been exchanged.

By claiming that their use of Linux source code is used to facilitate interoperability between different manufacturer’s products VMware may be attempting to argue that this falls under fair use as indicated in the same EU Directive, section (15)

The unauthorised reproduction, translation, adaptation or transformation of the form of the code in which a copy of a computer program has been made available constitutes an infringement of the exclusive rights of the author. Nevertheless, circumstances may exist when such a reproduction of the code and translation of its form are indispensable to obtain the necessary information to achieve the interoperability of an independently created program with other programs.

It has therefore to be considered that, in these limited circumstances only, performance of the acts of reproduction and translation by or on behalf of a person having a right to use a copy of the program is legitimate and compatible with fair practice and must therefore be deemed not to require the authorisation of the rightsholder.

An objective of this exception is to make it possible to connect all components of a computer system, including those of different manufacturers, so that they can work together.

[emphasis added]

Hellwig and the SFC dispute this claim. There is an excellent explanation at the FAQ page published by the SFC. There, you’ll find this diagram. A picture worth more than a thousand words.


When I worked at VMware I asked one of the kernel developers in Core Engineering about the claims that ESXi was built atop the linux kernel.
He provided a diagram to me that was surprisingly similar to this one.

But went on to say that they have since moved away from this dependency and it is only the case with certain versions of the server product.

Hmmm. That kind of sounds like the argument Hellwig is making.

If it’s true of Hellwig’s SCSI driver code, it will be true for the network driver, usb driver and storage driver code, as well.

Having seen the vmkernel and vmklinux source when I was with the company, there is little argument that linux source is used. In fact, original open source linux development comments can be seen alongside vmware developer changes in file diffs and that always seemed strange to me, something between the company being either blatantly unconcerned or just sloppily indifferent.

To be fair, I didn’t compile the source or inspect the shared libraries or executable directly by running objdump or studying the makefiles. There were reasons compelling enough in packaging of the builds that were brought up to make sure the interests of our major tech partners that depended on VMware during their own product releases were represented. (Being the person who is solely responsible for speaking up for the interests of other company products in a tech company is a role that begs political suicide. As that person, I might as well have had a big red X painted on my back since the day I started. That was a two year every day fight to fend of career EOL.)

By the way, I am a cheerful contributor of cash donations to the Free Software Foundation and consider Richard Stallman a leader of men and such, in addition to being singularly brilliant. And, if you are a proponent of same, the Software Freedom Conservancy is an excellent organization to donate. I suspect this case will not be resolved before it costs a king’s ransom in legal fees.