__/ [ Linonut ] on Thursday 14 September 2006 14:46 \__
> After takin' a swig o' grog, Kier belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>> Why is Linux such a threat?
>> It's question I ask myself when I read all the vitriol directed at Linux,
>> its users and advocates, not merely here but elsewhere. What are these
>> anti-Linux people so frightened of? If Linux really is a poor and useless
>> as they claim, how can it threaten their cosy little Window/Mac utopia?
>> Why are so many of them reduced to posting filthy diatribes against it,
>> rather than simply stating all its 'obvious' shortcomings?
>> . . .
>> Linux users have woken up to the fact that the hype about Windows is just
>> that: hype. Marketing-speak, designed to part the user from his money as
>> often as possible. Better a solid system with a few rough (and getting
>> smoother daily) edges that does what *you* want, rather than an overblown
>> monolith that does what *they* want.
> Lawsuit Against Microsoft Set for Court September 13, 2006 7:40AM
> . . .
> One of the reasons Iowa continues to fight Microsoft in court is that
> Conlin has refused to accept a settlement in which Microsoft would
> offer vouchers for computer products.
> "I don't think Iowans want coupons," she said. "I think if they were
> charged too much money and that's what a jury decides, then they
> should get their money back, not a coupon."
> . . .
> Microsoft initially faced 206 class-action lawsuits across the United
> States. The company said 108 were consolidated in a federal antitrust
> case and 96 remained in state courts.
> Most were dismissed or settled for vouchers.
What I found most intersting about this courtcase is that, for the first time
as far as I know, Microsoft is being sued for producing shoddy software that
exposes data and raises maintenance costs..
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| The case claims Microsoft violated Iowa's antitrust laws and harmed
| customers by illegally overcharging for its software, by denying class
| members free choice in software products and the benefits of software
| innovation, and by making computers increasingly susceptible to
| security breaches.
I suppose the EULA (waiver) will defend Microsoft on that account. You could
be sold a self-exploding car and never receive compentation when it busts,
unlike what it 'says on the tin'.