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Re: Windows Vista To Take New Tough Line On Counterfeits

  • Subject: Re: Windows Vista To Take New Tough Line On Counterfeits
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2006 19:00:17 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS / Netscape / MCC
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__/ [ [H]omer ] on Friday 06 October 2006 16:48 \__

> Philip wrote:
>> COLA has had the opinion that Vista will be the reason to lure more
>> people to Linux. Here it is in witting.
>> " One analyst says Microsoft's new activation requirements will simply
>> give legitimate users another reason not to upgrade to the new operating
>> system"
>> http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=193104695
> It's interesting that they are choosing to only "disable certain features".
> From Microsoft's POV, wouldn't it make more sense for them to simply
> prevent Vista from booting *at all* if it fails validation? After all,
> pirate software is pirate software, why should they let it even boot up?
> Well of course that was a rhetorical question; the answer is because WGA
> is so completely FUBAR that they'd end up disabling thousands (or even
> tens of thousands) of legitimate installs.
> LOL! Go Microsoft, Go!

I sometimes think that Microsoft managers get their kicks from seeing
virtuosos working with a pile of broken crayons.

Microsoft selling hobbled software to poor countries

,----[ Quote ]
| Surprisingly, no-one seems to have told Microsoft that it is not good
| marketing strategy to treat your customers as if they are stupid. Which
| is exactly what the company is doing with the release in Africa of the
| stripped-down operating system it calls Windows XP Starter Edition.
| Microsoft South Africa launched Windows XP Starter Edition (XPSE) into
| the African market last week with very little fanfare and market hype.
| Which is not surprising considering how the product was received by other
| media on its intial launch in 2004. Known for its straight talking, The
| Register labelled XPSE "crippleware". Analysts Gartner said the product
| had "good intent, poor execution".


Disabling the machine is not quite as funny... *frown/giggle*

Seeing users limited to just 3 tasks (anti-virus S/W, Winamp, and paint)
leads to a perpetual loop of ignorance that only strengthens the giants and
widens the gap between the rich and the poor.

Best wishes,


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