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."