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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Latest Antifeature Promotes GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's Latest Antifeature Promotes GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 09:51:18 +0000
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Windows 7 'genuine' nagware winging its way to OS


You don't own your computer, Microsoft does 


Your Windows 7 PC Will Call Home To Ensure Itâs Piracy-Free

,----[ Quote ]
| Of course, if youâre really unhappy about 
| this, you donât have to use Microsoft 
| products. I would like to take this 
| opportunity to remind people that for the 
| most part, we have a free choice as to what 
| software we run. Not happy with Windows? Run 
| Linux.


Best Do Something About That RC Copy Of Windows 7 Soon

,----[ Quote ]
| So best do something about it before the end 
| of this month. And if youâd rather not fork 
| out the cash for Windows 7, you could always 
| try a version of Linuxâ


WATâs that â a legit Windows 7 on my PC, or counterfeit?



Microsoft to "periodically" check Vista installs for piracy

,----[ Quote ]
| How often is "periodically?" Will routine maintenance performed by
| corporate IT technicians trigger it and perhaps cause a failure?
| Glitches are sure to occur. Minimizing glitches will be the key to
| success. Microsoft says it validated 300 million copies of Windows
| since July, 2005, with a failure rate of "approximately one in
| five."


Vista Still Buffeted By Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) 'False Positives'

,----[ Quote ]
| Based on the volume of postings in Microsoft's own forums, such a
| response smacks of spin control. True crisis-management would
| involve shutting off WGA until the darn thing is fixed. Indeed,
| this could become Microsoft's consumer Waterloo if home copies
| of Vista are continually flagged for revalidation after they've
| already been validated successfully.


My Mother is a Software Pirate

,----[ Quote ]
| Yesterday, my mom called frantic, because she could no longer connect to
| the Internet. While we worked through the problem, she asked, "What does
| it mean that Windows isn't genuine? Do I have spyware, or a virus?"
| [...]
| Businesses also may find that some troubleshooting mechanisms could
| create invalidations like mom's. There are two rules of dead-end
| Windows troubleshooting: If all else fails, reboot. If rebooting
| fails, reinstall Windows. Some IT re-installation or re-imaging
| shortcuts could lead to licensing invalidations. But affected end
| users will be in good company. My mom.


Why Piracy Hurts Open Source

,----[ Quote ]
| "...John looks at this from a different direction. He shows you why
| software piracy hurts Open Source software--the free stuff you are using."


Microsoft seals its Windows and opens the door to Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Now comes the really interesting question. With Vista's activation
| technology, Microsoft has the power to stamp out piracy everywhere. But
| will it choose to do so everywhere? After all, if folks in China or
| Thailand or Ethiopia have to pay for Vista, they won't be able to run
| it because they won't be able to afford the licence fee. In which case
| they may finally wake up to the attractions of free software such as
| Linux - and it's easy to imagine what that will do to Microsoft's
| plans for world domination.
| It's a delicious prospect: Microsoft impaling itself on the horns
| of a dilemma it has created for itself. Roll on Thursday.


How Piracy Opens Doors for Windows

,----[ Article's summary ]
| Bill Gates may not be entirely dismayed by software thieves. They
| seed the world market and make Microsoft a standard.


Why piracy kills Open Source

,----[ Quote ]
| Because for them, the price is the same.
| So, please, Microsoft, defend your own products, and don't allow users to
| use pirated versions. You'll be doing the best for the Open Source
| products.


Piracy figures are inflated say criminologists 

,----[ Quote ]
| A draft report by the Australian Institute of Criminology says
| copyright holders are making up piracy figures in order to sway
| governments to their side.

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