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Re: Funny Article Advocating Linux

Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> ____/ dapunka on Friday 28 September 2007 23:13 : \____
> 
>> On 28 Sep, 22:20, Mark Kent <mark.k...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> Jim Richardson <warl...@xxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>
>>>
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>>> > On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 16:40:22 +0100,
>>> >  Roy Schestowitz <newsgro...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> >> ____/ chrisv on Friday 28 September 2007 14:54 : \____
>>>
>>> >>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>
>>> >>>>But if it's not exactly like Windows, then it's behind right? Some
>>> >>>>reviewers will give high score to those who mimic mistakes, e.g.
>>> >>>>Xandros, Linspire...
>>>
>>> >>> One of my best friends has been using Linspire for years, now.  Works
>>> >>> for him...
>>>
>>> >> It does. But Apple OS X also works as a BSD. But it's not open source.
>>> >> It's aggressive lock-in and restriction of choice. We're back were we
>>> >> started -- another Windows.
>>>
>>> > How is someone using Linspire "locked in"?
>>>
>>> Didn't they sign some kind of limited cross-licensing deal with
>>> Microsoft, whilst not quite admitting what it was the customer was
>>> really getting?
>> 
>> I think Linspire are in that merry gang that signed "interoperability
>> deals" with Microsoft (so when MS go after our commie, patent-
>> violating asses, Linspire users can breathe easy).  I've never tried
>> Linspire.  When I learnt that their original name was "Lindows", I
>> just couldn't take them seriously.  Highly bigoted of me - Linspire
>> might be the bestest distro /ever/.  Many people say that other
>> cowardly bunch of scum-lovers, Novell, do a good Linux too.  I just
>> don't want to be associated with such folk.
> 
> To just illustrate this point, you are allowed to install Linspire on
> only /ONE/ PC. I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but there is a passionate
> doubter of Linspire at Digg and he knows their plans very intimately. There
> are various other examples. Xandros, by the way, isn't much better.
> 

As Linspire is mostly GNU code, that is not a restriction which can be
enforced.  Clearly, they are happy to threaten their customers, though.

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