FSF: Windows Vista Is Stealing Your Rights!

Lora Bentley

We should know better than to be surprised by goings on at the Free Software Foundation, but the organization's latest anti-Microsoft campaign caught us a bit off guard. Days after the software juggernaut launched its newest operating system, the FSF unveiled BadVista.org.


The campaign's goal, according to program administrator John Sullivan, is to make users aware of the different means by which the new OS is eroding the rights of computer users, explain why users should care about those restrictions, and provide workarounds for them. Sullivan likens the much-hyped new features in Vista to a Trojan Horse by which Redmond will "smuggle in" more user restrictions.


Trusted Computing, or "Treacherous Computing" as it's called in the BadVista Blog, is the first topic up for discussion.


We agree with CRN's Barbara Darrow: Even if many see those at the Free Software Foundation as a "lunatic fringe," it can't be a good PR move on Microsoft's part to "treat its customers like criminals."

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Jan 7, 2007 5:03 AM nkirk nkirk  says:
 Vista is not about providing value to the user.Vista is about giving Microsoft more control and solid Lock-In, to the users detriment. It is not just the Trojan Horse effect of Vista quietly taking away users rights, it is the sneaking motivation behind it.  The Vista "Trusted Computing" initiative is just a cover up for a further Lock-In by Microsoft, they are trying to own the future of HD video/multimedia "premium content" and thereby lockout anyone who (wisely) opts to run another operating system.   The other really big negative of Vista (there are many negatives) is that hardware vendors are being bullied into producing more complex hardware to support Microsofts goals.  The more complex hardware is going to cost every computer user hundreds of dollars on future systems and even if you choose to run a more stable and more reliable open source operating system, you will still be forced to pay the premiums for the more complex hardware.  Worse because of the limitations Microsoft is imposing on the future hardware, it will cost significantly more but yet perform poorly in comparison to present hardware.  For the user, Vista is a lose/lose/lose scenario.  If you would like to know more see:http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txtVista is going to drive huge numbers of Windows users over to other operating systems, ie: Linux.    Reply
Jan 7, 2007 5:09 AM nkirk nkirk  says:
For further reading on the bad news of Microsoft Vista seehttp://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pubs/vista_cost.txt   Reply

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