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Re: [News] More Software Comes to GNU/Linux (to Disable Software)


On Sun, 01 Mar 2009 01:49:58 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

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> | The other problem with WGA is that its very name is oxymoronic: there
> is no | advantage for users who pass WGA's tests. Microsoft attempted to
> add a carrot | to go with its WGA stick by tying it to certain products
> (such as the first | releases of Internet Explorer 7—subsequent versions
> have had their WGA | requirement removed), but for all intents and
> purposes, passing a WGA check | brought no additional benefits to the
> end user. Fixing WGA's flaws may not be | enough here: Microsoft should
> really take a long, hard look at whether or not | WGA is really
> necessary at all.

On a related note, they really need to fix their entire validation 

Example: you want to download some component from Microsoft.  What's the 
first thing it does?  Requires authentication.  Basically, "prove this is 
a legitimate copy of Windows."

So you do, and you download the component.  You go to install it and what 
does it do?  Right - ensures this is a legitimate copy of Windows.

The first validation is doubly irrelevant.  First, the application/tool/
etc simply _won't work_ if the OS you're installing it on isn't 
validated, so validating the download is pointless.  Second, if one 
_does_ download from a validated copy of Windows, what stops them making 
5,000 copies after this?  Nothing - so again, the validation is pointless.

Windows users have to jump through enough hoops already without making 
them go through _completely useless_ validation processes which don't 
actually validate anything meaningful.

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