The Ad-Supported Operating System
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| By now most people who are interested in operating systems have probably
| had a chance to hear about the possibility of an ad-supported version of
| Windows. Without knowing all the details it would seem that this would
| allow for an operating system which would be available for a reduced
| price and would feature some form of advertising built into a user's
| normal work patterns. It is hard to speculate whether this might be
| free, but it stands to reason that it would be an alternative to a
| full-priced, ad-free version.
| The question of privacy will become enormously more important as
| advertisers want increasing amount of targeting information about
| users in order to make their advertisements more effective.
Some time ago I read that Windows Vista's logon screen will contain ads.
Meanwhile, based on a phonecall this morning, my dad has become fed up with
Windows and WGA. He already uses Fox and Thunderbird. He asked me if
Microsoft runs Web sites and spies on the visitors. I showed him Ubuntu last