FSF launches anti-Windows 7 assault

By on August 26, 2009, 3:30 PM
The Free Software Foundation is taking measures to deter IT decision makers from installing Windows 7. The foundation contacted 499 of the top Fortune 500 companies (Microsoft being the one excluded), and warned that upgrading to Windows 7 will result in a higher dependency on Microsoft. Instead, they encourage that the companies use GNU/Linux on systems.

The FSF has created a website, Windows7sins.org, where they make their case against Microsoft and proprietary software with a list of seven deadly sins. The list in full: invading privacy, poisoning education, locking users in, abusing standards, leveraging monopolistic behavior, enforcing DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and threatening user security.

The non-profit organization is requesting donations to cover the cost of sending letters. If you care to fuel the fire, a $25 donation will support 50 letters and $100 will put 200 letters on the doorsteps of the decision makers.




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Guest said:

LOL! This is so funny!

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Wow, apparently Bill Gates is the anti-Christ... Who knew?

I mean, I'm generally anti-Microsoft, but somebody forgot to take their meds and decided to make an activist group, I think.

LNCPapa LNCPapa said:

How much do I pay to have someone go back and take the letters off those doorsteps?

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

Talk about taking the whole "Microsoft is EVIL" thing to a whole new level.

Morons.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

maybe Linux is shooting for 2% market share

TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL...conclusive proof that there a significant amount of people out there who clearly have too much time on their hands. :p

Guest said:

LOL that is so stupid. I could see the use of Linux on their servers...but not on their workstations. It would involve WAY too much training to get all the thousands of your employees familiar with linux, because lets be honest...Who really uses linux? Not the regular every day normal guy. USUALLY only people with a high level of tech experience would even consider using linux. I bet you 90% of those employees in those fortune 500 companies own Windows Vista on their home PC. Why not upgrade to Windows 7? It will save millions in training just to upgrade to 7.

xXxZxXx said:

Wow, ok this is extremely pathetic. Linux is whole new thing and only most tech enthusiasts know what it is. Windows is installed on more then 90% of computers you see, Schools, Businesses, its everywhere and the most common that everyone knows.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Well actually, the longer the M$ corporation exists, the more dependent on it we all become.

M$ enhances that by trying to introduce proprietary file systems and propaganda.

The rest of the software industry panders to them by mostly offering programs compatible with Windows.

However, the question is that of attrition, rather than being able to precisely blame any one M$ OS as being the capstone of the monopoly..

Wow, apparently Bill Gates is the anti-Christ... Who knew?

I mean, I'm generally anti-Microsoft, but somebody forgot to take their meds and decided to make an activist group, I think.

Much in the same way Steve Jobs presents himself as a godhead and Svengali, Bill Gates is the anti-Christ, where have you been?

The Free Software Foundation is taking measures to deter IT decision makers from installing Windows 7. The foundation contacted 499 of the top Fortune 500 companies (Microsoft being the one excluded), and warned that upgrading to Windows 7 will result in a higher dependency on Microsoft. Instead, they encourage that the companies use GNU/Linux on systems.

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Believe it or not, I think they really mean well!

Gflo Gflo said:

like the PETA of software

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Linux, the Baby Harp Seal of Operating Systems........

like the PETA of software

Yeah, well them or Green Peace.

I think that M$ should launch a pro-active publicity campaign of their own, to wit, "no puppy linuxes were clubbed during the coding of Windows 7"!

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Wow apparently Peta and Green Peace got together and had a techy offspring.

Guest said:

LOL!!!! These morons have no clue. I declare a punch a FSF supporter in the face day.

Guest said:

Hmmm...Perhaps they should just not use or buy MS stuff?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

LOL!!!! These morons have no clue. I declare a punch a FSF supporter in the face day.
Do you use any free, open source, cracked software? Because you sound like somebody that downloads a bunch of copyrighted music and won't pay.

Ritwik7 Ritwik7, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Who really uses linux? Not the regular every day normal guy. USUALLY only people with a high level of tech experience would even consider using linux.

Not necessarily. Linux is no rocket science. There are a large number of distros that would be apt for even those having very basic computer knowledge.

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

captaincranky said:

LOL!!!! These morons have no clue. I declare a punch a FSF supporter in the face day.
Do you use any free, open source, cracked software? Because you sound like somebody that downloads a bunch of copyrighted music and won't pay.

I do... Wait, my attorney is advising me to plead the fifth.

Guest said:

In the words of Ted Nugent "leave Bill Gates alone If you don't like M.S. then invent your own operating system and get a good buddy to help launch it...

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

In the words of Ted Nugent "leave Bill Gates alone If you don't like M.S. then invent your own operating system and get a good buddy to help launch it...
You mean the "motor city madman" Ted Nugent? He said that?

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

You mean the "motor city madman" Ted Nugent? He said that?

LOL i don't doubt that for a second, ever heard his radio show?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Don't laugh, but I didn't know he had a radio show.

Signed, sheltered in Southeast Pennsylvania.

Somian said:

Ritwik7 said:

Who really uses linux? Not the regular every day normal guy. USUALLY only people with a high level of tech experience would even consider using linux.

Not necessarily. Linux is no rocket science. There are a large number of distros that would be apt for even those having very basic computer knowledge.

can you name one of these distributions, please? I have tried ubuntu 8.04 and openSuSE 11.1 on my desktop pc and my laptop and didn't even manage to install all the necessary device drivers. Either because there are none, or because I had to type dozens of cryptic console commands to install them. Very user friendly...

There is an alternative to windows and it's called mac os X.

Somian said:

(hm sry quote- in quote doesn't work)

Darkshadoe Darkshadoe said:

If the Linux community would get off their collective a$$es and start making competitive programs that people would want at a cheaper price or for free as they do now, Microsoft and Apple would have to follow suit. There are only a few out there now. How many versions of Tetris do we really need? The Linux community needs to drop their "L33t N3rd" mentality and focus on becoming a real threat to the OS monopolies. Gaming being one of their top priorities. Why write a program that runs a competitor's software when you have the means to make your own?

JDoors JDoors said:

Do they actually believe a letter might sway a company to ditch Windows? No way. Like other groups addicted to or obsessed with a "cause," they are just stirring the pot to increase their visibility. I guess if it gets the attention of others who are susceptible to and willing to join them it's worth their time and money (money from other cult members and hangers-on, which is then used exclusively for recruiting even MORE cult members ...).

Guest said:

FREEDOM IS: the freedom of pick any operating system. Like... let's say, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, or even any of the Microsoft's. So... what's the deal? the guys at MS did a good job with Windows 7, why Stallman is so worried about?

maestromasada said:

THE "EIGHT" SINS OF THE OPEN SOFTWARE

1. Education: my vga card never worked with earlier distro version, yeath they have improved now but I'm scare to death everytime I change the resolution on Mandriva during installation: if it goes blank this is it, you have to re-install again.

2.DRM; Never, ever got a video movie playing on linux, and guess what... you right, sound driver don't work, or when it does freezes the system. Happens with SUSE and RedHat on a Dell D400.

3.Security; yeath, so secure I can't even access my own files, so secure that it takes you half an hour to install a new version of flash player!!

4.Monopoly; diversity, so confusing! mandrake, turbolinux, madriva, suse, which one of them work? turn it on and work??? And waht about Dreamwever CSx? can't be install on Linux! ?With me Wine never worked.

5.standards. i lose them all. Let me just bust all my furstraxion with linux and relatives in this lovely forum. It could be a good OS, but it isn't, and annoys me when people say:"" Oh, you crap M$, be cool and swap to Linux"! What for?? Who paid is in rest! = I paid for M$ so no worries with capabilities.

6.Lock in/out = same applies to linux: if I change my pst file to KMail, I am now lock in with KMail, a software free, cool, but with no support and that can change next month at the free will of developers.

7.privacy; don't know the blxxdy code of linux at all, how do I know if somebody has access my linux box over the network??? what happens if ssh is enable and somebody get access to your files, where do you see it? Where a re the system logs!!! BOOOMM!!

8.Money; ok, linux is NOT free, I have spent lots of time with many distros, and the only thing useful is the buble and the penguim games

My good advice to Win7sins.org: don't take it with poor BGates, he's sad and now retired. Improve yourself before to take it on others, showing that windows is bad doesn't make you any better.

My good advice to Linux lovers: please raise your hands is you are reading this under linux, had the system install for more than 3 months, only goes to windows once a week and does not work as a programmer????

Guest said:

Somian asked about easy-to-use Linux distros; the first one I found that easily installed on my older hardware was Ubuntu 8.10. It detected ALL of my hardware, including the d-Link USB wireless network adapter. Ubuntu also installed the correct device drivers, so I was up and running in a very short time. Linux can be a good solution for making older hardware useful while becoming more user-friendly all the time.

Guest said:

Linux COULD BE a good OS for every days use, But, its NOT!

The only place a Linux is good for is Netbooks and server, thats it. It will take another 5-10 years for it to becomes main stream in desktop PC's.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Somian asked about easy-to-use Linux distros; the first one I found that easily installed on my older hardware was Ubuntu 8.10. It detected ALL of my hardware, including the d-Link USB wireless network adapter. Ubuntu also installed the correct device drivers, so I was up and running in a very short time. Linux can be a good solution for making older hardware useful while becoming more user-friendly all the time.
The new Ubuntu 9.04 is even better. The HDD detection sees the drives when you have the BIOS set to run SATA as IDE. The earlier distros had trouble with this, kept asking for SATA drivers, and I was unsucessful at using them on newer boards, even attempting a live run.

I'm not sure what the fuss is about the install. Ubuntu installs as easily as XP, but with more flexibility in creating partitions. About a dozen clicks Yo, and you're done. No command line stunts either.

paynetrain007 said:

Ya... I'm SURE they mean well... I know I can send out 50 letters for less than $25

shossofe shossofe said:

red1776 said:

maybe Linux is shooting for 2% market share

hahaha.

gflo said:

like the PETA of software

Of course.

It doesn't matter what the hell they want. I don't see any reason on why companies should use Linux over Windows 7. Linux isn't that user friendly in my own opinion. It would save them money, but wouldn't it be a pain in the ass for them to install all the stuff they want?

Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on Linux. I have Fedora nicely installed into my computer atm. But still, I would rather spend a few clicks installing Microsoft word/excel/power point, than to type several lines of codes to "hope" the install works. But, I'm still new to Linux so it may just be because I don't know how to use it.

Guest said:

Morons.

I'm all for Open Source, but at the end of the day, thank god we have entrepreneurs who build and grow companies, bring us new products and capabilities, and create jobs. I don't mind paying Bill Gates a chunk of change every so often for all he has created. Nor Steve Jobs (even though I really don't like him or Apple too much).

And by the way, there are millions of people in Africa who are pretty happy Bill made a fortune and is now generously sharing it with them through his foundation, to the betterment of their lives.

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

darkshadoe said:

If the Linux community would get off their collective a$$es and start making competitive programs that people would want at a cheaper price or for free as they do now, Microsoft and Apple would have to follow suit. There are only a few out there now. How many versions of Tetris do we really need? The Linux community needs to drop their "L33t N3rd" mentality and focus on becoming a real threat to the OS monopolies. Gaming being one of their top priorities. Why write a program that runs a competitor's software when you have the means to make your own?

Well, great enthusiasm, but misdirected targets... People have been trying to make Linux more mainstream friendly for ages, the problem is that (relatively) nobody hears about it.

Here's an analogy: you create a great new power distribution system for hydrogen cars, so hey it should take off like gangbusters... Oh, what's that, there's hardly any hydrogen powered cars on the road? Everyone is using gasoline cars? But but but, my stuff is cool, everyone should use it, LOOK AT MEEEEEE!!! <insert sounds of crickets chirping while new product goes unnoticed and fails miserably>

The problem isn't the Linux community, the problem is everyone ELSE. Get some big developers to turn towards Linux and get a little push behind it, and things could turn quickly. But that won't happen, they cater to the mighty 2 (MS and Apple) because that is where the money is. Even the great apps that are Linux developed (open office, gimp, etc) end up having to support the mainstream systems to get anywhere. It's a numbers game, and Linux is so far behind they can't possibly catch up, unless someone or something BIG shoves it to the forefront. Which I personally would love to see.

And, for the record, it's one of the main reasons I'm rooting for Chrome OS. Google pushing a Linux-based system into the limelight can only do good for the cause. And I've always been a big proponent of a Linux gaming environment, imagine how efficient a system based on a low-overhead kernel could be - it could rival consoles for performance and ease of use... Hey, a man can dream, right?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Morons.

I'm all for Open Source, but at the end of the day, thank god we have entrepreneurs who build and grow companies, bring us new products and capabilities, and create jobs. I don't mind paying Bill Gates a chunk of change every so often for all he has created. Nor Steve Jobs (even though I really don't like him or Apple too much).

And by the way, there are millions of people in Africa who are pretty happy Bill made a fortune and is now generously sharing it with them through his foundation, to the betterment of their lives.

Ooooo, Bill Gates is the new Robin Hood , now is he?

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Morons.

I'm all for Open Source, but at the end of the day, thank god we have entrepreneurs who build and grow companies, bring us new products and capabilities, and create jobs. I don't mind paying Bill Gates a chunk of change every so often for all he has created. Nor Steve Jobs (even though I really don't like him or Apple too much).

Created? Man, somebody needs to examine the history of Microsoft. At least the entrepeneur part is correct - look at all the code (starting with the basis of the original MS-DOS) that MS bought, revamped, and packaged as a Microsoft product, or used as the basis for one. Many of my friends went to work for MS, and they had the constant "if we can't beat it, we'll buy it" mantra thrown at them through most of the late 80s & 90s.

But yah, I don't mind throwing money at a company that takes perfectly good operating systems and throws them out, only to make newer slower more bloated bugware crap, then forces it down our throats just to create a revenue stream for their company. And then having to pay them when something in their expensive crapware doesn't work as it should, just to have that proper support, that just gives me a huge warm fuzzy... <disengage sarcasm mode>

And, somehow, WE'RE the morons for not wanting to fuel the MS juggernaut?

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

The average user cannot write or customize their own OS, which is why companies like MS exist in the first place.

Vista was a mistake; it should have been what Windows 7 is currently.

Guest said:

Ooooo, Bill Gates is the new Robin Hood , now is he?

So in your mind (such as it is) the "Open Source" movement is the new Robin Hood, huh? LOL.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Ready, Get Set, Let's Learn to Read... (and comprehend)

So in your mind (such as it is) the "Open Source" movement is the new Robin Hood, huh? LOL.
I'll try to break this down for you in small easy to comprehend snippets.

I was referring to Bill Gates as "Robin Hood" in response to this post;

Morons. And by the way, there are millions of people in Africa who are pretty happy Bill made a fortune and is now generously sharing it with them through his foundation, to the betterment of their lives.
First, nobody ever said the "Robin Hood" couldn't be rich in his own right! Second, "the rich" was(is) a metaphor for the more affluent people of the Western World, who have made Gates rich in the first place. So, he's not really giving away his money, it's our money deferred. While, in the mean time, getting lauded as a great philanthropist. Our in simpler terms that you might come to grips with, Gates price gouges (robs) us, then gives a small portion away to massage his conscience, and gets a bunch of positive press in the process.

In my mind, (such as it is), the Free Software Foundation rather compares to "DonQuixote", pointlessly tilting at windmills. Well meaning, well intentioned, but ineffective.

Much like the random stupidity that rambles through here from time to time and posts under the name "Guest"

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

All Joking Aside...........

It's easy to laugh at the Free Software Foundation, after all, they are just another "crazy doomsday prophet", shouting "the end of the world is nigh upon us". It sort of summons up the image of a dirty old man that looks like Jesus, carrying a placard. A cliche as it were.

Activists in every endeavor, tend to get scorned. Inside each and every one of us there's an alarm that goes off saying, "beware the fanatic".

We still need the FSF, and people like them. They sound the alarms that most of us are too busy, too lazy, too indifferent, or too dependent to heed.

The Microsoft Corporation has already reached monopoly status, but deny it they must, or run afoul of the law. Yet still they justify it with the reasoning that, it;s better, and more convenient for us, if they are. To a certain extent that's actually true. However, if you want to pass yourself off as a public utility, then you should be a public utility.

Ah, would it were that M$ was in public control, the dawn of a new era. To make the gigantic leap from the umbrella of greedy corporate control, to control by corrupt, inept public officials. It seems that no matter which way you turn it's a lose, lose for us lowly peasants. The feudal system hasn't really gone away, it's just been renamed, "democracy".

I kind of admire FSF, and the people that struggle, invest their talent, time, and initiative, into trying to bring us free alternatives, to the submission of overt enthrallment by any large corporation.

That said, most of us agree with the FSF, even take the time to rail against M$, however ineffectively.

So, Linux is an alternative to Windows. But unfortunately one that everybody complains about. But, it improves with every distro, through the labors of many good people. M$ has thousands of paid programmers to further their ends, Linux but a relative few.

We complain about Linux, because ours is a generation of perceived entitlement. We're entitled to the intellectual labors of others, free downloaded music, free movies, and free programs and security software. After all, why wouldn't we be? So, not only does it have to be free, it has to be the best, after all, we're entitled to that as well!

So, show a little respect for the FSF. They complain the same as we do, about the same things that we do, and that makes us kindred spirits.

Complaint should inspire purpose, transform itself into action. Like the old, old saying goes, "are you just going to sit there and complain, or are you going to do something about it"?

Mostly that's a big, "NOT" isn't it boys and girls"!

Guest said:

I'll try to break this down for you in small easy to comprehend snippets.

I was referring to Bill Gates as "Robin Hood" in response to this post;

First, nobody ever said the "Robin Hood" couldn't be rich in his own right! Second, "the rich" was(is) a metaphor for the more affluent people of the Western World, who have made Gates rich in the first place. So, he's not really giving away his money, it's our money deferred. While, in the mean time, getting lauded as a great philanthropist. Our in simpler terms that you might come to grips with, Gates price gouges (robs) us, then gives a small portion away to massage his conscience, and gets a bunch of positive press in the process.

In my mind, (such as it is), the Free Software Foundation rather compares to "DonQuixote", pointlessly tilting at windmills. Well meaning, well intentioned, but ineffective.

Much like the random stupidity that rambles through here from time to time and posts under the name "Guest"

Geepers Cranky, thanks for the breakdown! And thanks for being so accommodating of your "guests" on this forum. I guess one can only give an opinion and not get insulted here if one spends countless hours on this forum as a registered user?

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

I guess one can only give an opinion and not get insulted here if one spends countless hours on this forum as a registered user?
Gosh, hope springs eternal. I wish I had your optimism.

Actually it's a different paradigm, as a registered user you get to insult back. Not flame mind you, just a good healthy exchange of barbs.

As for the guest who began with "morons" perhaps a bit more than healthy.

The net result and problem posting as a guest, is since you all choose to use the same "name", you all share the cumulative abuse, for the "opinion" of perhaps only one other "guest".

Post 41 "all joking aside" was generated without being affected by, or in answer to any other member or guest. Does it make any sense to you?

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

Here is the list of the Windows7 deadly sins list, as it were, along with my own analysis of them:

1. Poisoning education: Today, most children whose education involves computers are being taught to use one company's product: Microsoft's. Microsoft spends large sums on lobbyists and marketing to corrupt educational departments. An education using the power of computers should be a means to freedom and empowerment, not an avenue for one corporation to instill its monopoly.

Erm, hello? Any good corporation that knows how to do business does this. Point out one of them that doesn't? Hell, even the freaking US Government does it!

2. Invading privacy: Microsoft uses software with backward names like Windows Genuine Advantage to inspect the contents of users' hard drives. The licensing agreement users are required to accept before using Windows warns that Microsoft claims the right to do this without warning.

Verifying Windows is not intrusive at all. Windows 7 gives you 120 days to use without activation, and I hardly think they would bother to scan your drive for porn or anything.

3. Monopoly behavior: Nearly every computer purchased has Windows pre-installed -- but not by choice. Microsoft dictates requirements to hardware vendors, who will not offer PCs without Windows installed on them, despite many people asking for them. Even computers available with other operating systems like GNU/Linux pre-installed often had Windows on them first.

Then build your own! Most people who buy pre built want something plug & play. And if you really don't want Windows, most OEMs let you build without it. Install your own OS!

4. Lock-in: Microsoft regularly attempts to force updates on its users, by removing support for older versions of Windows and Office, and by inflating hardware requirements. For many people, this means having to throw away working computers just because they don't meet the unnecessary requirements for the new Windows versions.

More bullshit. Any decent Pentium 4 machine with 1-2GB of RAM will have no problem running stuff all the way back as Office XP and Office '97. You really wouldn't want anything older than that, but MS has over 10 years of support for just about every product.

5. Abusing standards: Microsoft has attempted to block free standardization of document formats, because standards like OpenDocument Format would threaten the control they have now over users via proprietary Word formats. They have engaged in underhanded behavior, including bribing officials, in an attempt to stop such efforts.

Another baseless comment without any proof or evidence of any kind. Even if MS did support these standards, Office has such a large user base it would still be the standard.

6. Enforcing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM): With Windows Media Player, Microsoft works in collusion with the big media companies to build restrictions on copying and playing media into their operating system. For example, at the request of NBC, Microsoft was able to prevent Windows users from recording television shows that they have the legal right to record.

MS can only prevent users from recording a show if they use Windows Media Center. Also, it's not like there are no free alternatives to Media Center, nor are you forced to use Media Center, so this point is also irrelevant.

7. Threatening user security: Windows has a long history of security vulnerabilities, enabling the spread of viruses and allowing remote users to take over people's computers for use in spam-sending botnets. Because the software is secret, all users are dependent on Microsoft to fix these problems -- but Microsoft has its own security interests at heart, not those of its users.

That's what happens when you have 90% +/- of the freakin market share. I've been using computers all my life and never got a virus through prudent use. Microsoft has been very good, especially as of late with including a firewall and constant updates to prevent vulnerabilites. It's own serurity interests are its customers, innit?

IMO this guy is a Linux fanboy crybaby without a leg to stand on. I use all 3 major OS environments and really don't have a problem with any. His arguments are just stupid.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Now is the Winter of our discontent, made glorious Summer by this son of York!

Here is the list of the Windows7 deadly sins list, as it were, along with my own analysis of them:

IMO this guy is a Linux fanboy crybaby without a leg to stand on. I use all 3 major OS environments and really don't have a problem with any. His arguments are just stupid.

I hate to barge in when you're on a roll like that, but where did this come from, and who is "this guy"?

Most of "Windows 8 Deadly Sins could have been written by a paranoid schizophrenic. Mind you, I said, "could have been", and not was

Rage_3K_Moiz Rage_3K_Moiz, Sith Lord, said:

Whoops, sorry about that. The (Windows) 7 Sins List can be seen here. The guy thus refers to the creator of said list.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

IMO this guy is a Linux fanboy crybaby without a leg to stand on. I use all 3 major OS environments and really don't have a problem with any. His arguments are just stupid.

I wonder from where they(FSF) think "free" software comes from?

Guest said:

I wonder from where they think "free" software comes from?

Possibly from Mnindianapple-less Mnidiana, Forgive me I have a typing mn-impediment...

GoshGolly said:

Billy Gates bought the OS for a pittance, had his buddies diddle a bit with the code and sold the rights to IBM. Billy was nothing and would have never amounted to anything, had it not been for his parents pulling strings and Palmer's unethical, aggressive marketing methods and destruction of competition and innovation.

Guest said:

What absurd criticism of the FSF efforts to protect our freedoms in speech and technology

choices from the incompetence and fraud and extortion of the Mafia$oft corporation!

Why are all these people so desperately afraid of a free market?

Get a clue: Linux and Free Software ARE the internet now. Linux and Free Software are also

the core technologies of the data centers for most Fortune 500 companies and major financial

institutions (aka, the London Stock Exchange), as well as being the go to platform for any

national government or agency or organization or institution concerned in any way with

protecting their security and sovereignty (or any that are simply interested in reducing the

actual costs of their information technology). Linux has grown to rule the market place as the

core of most embedded devices as well, and is on the way to becoming the preferred platform

for mobile devices. Maybe all this explains why Red Hat is hiring while Mafia$oft is firing (from

the few jobs they haven't already shipped off to slave wage minions in Communist China or

India). Free and Freedom are destined to win over greed and tyranny every time.

So I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at how quickly the hired cult of corrupted computer

hate mongers for Mafia$oft have come out of the woodwork on this news item, attempting

to vilify the most sane and secure and functional and widely used information technology

solutions as something radical or extremist. The defenders of "defective by design"

proprietary products here sound _almost_ as rabidly deluded and vacuous as Sarah

Palin and her political peers. It is all so transparently desperate and pitiful.

Fortunately, no matter how many mad mercenary bloggers they dupe or how much

corporate media ad space the Mafia$oft buys up to spread their fraud and fud and

disinformation in denial of the realities, they are (thankfully) on the fast path to extinction.

Even their viral file formats and corruptions of public standards can't save them from the

meteor impact of a market liberated by the freedom of Linux.

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

What absurd criticism of the FSF efforts to protect our freedoms in speech and technology

choices from the incompetence and fraud and extortion of the Mafia$oft corporation!

Why are all these people so desperately afraid of a free market?

can you explain how exactly how the FSF (promoting others work......or are they!? ....Hmmmm...i wonder if any of their funding comes from Linux???...just a thought) protects our freedoms in speech and technology?) i feel completely free to call both Obama and McCain Boobs....and I'm using windows 7.....maybe if i reboot to Vista I shall be silenced! let me see................

......nope....both Boobs......

Fortunately, no matter how many mad mercenary bloggers they dupe or how much

corporate media ad space the Mafia$oft buys up to spread their fraud and fud and

disinformation in denial of the realities, they are (thankfully) on the fast path to extinction.

Even their viral file formats and corruptions of public standards can't save them from the

meteor impact of a market liberated by the freedom of Linux.

uh ....yeah ...ok did you regurgitate that all on your own? very nice.

meteor impact? I hardly think so ma'am/Sir....Linux peaked at 1% of the market, and has since been declining.

http://www.berkeleylug.com/?p=43

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Get a clue: Linux and Free Software ARE the internet now. Linux and Free Software are also

the core technologies of the data centers for most Fortune 500 companies and major financial

institutions (aka, the London Stock Exchange), as well as being the go to platform for any

national government or agency or organization or institution concerned in any way with

protecting their security and sovereignty (or any that are simply interested in reducing the

actual costs of their information technology). Linux has grown to rule the market place as the

core of most embedded devices as well

can you source this for us ?

Fortunately, no matter how many mad mercenary bloggers they dupe or how much

corporate media ad space the Mafia$oft buys up to spread their fraud and fud and

disinformation in denial of the realities, they are (thankfully) on the fast path to extinction.

Even their viral file formats and corruptions of public standards can't save them from the

meteor impact of a market liberated by the freedom of Linux.

very nice .....early Henry Miller I think

proprietary products here sound _almost_ as rabidly deluded and vacuous as Sarah

Palin and her political peers. It is all so transparently desperate and pitiful.

well!... you revealed your true colors here haven't you then?

what does Sarah Palin have to do with software?....ohhhh i get it.....Al Gore not only created the internet....bu Linux as well????

A little free advice , that you will never take .....stop trying to sound like the smartest person in the room ......it doesn't suit you.

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