Free Software Foundation 'demands' Windows 7 be released as free software

lostinlodos

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Well, I don’t call telemetry spyware. Never have. I don’t really care about that aspect of the debate; considering I find it annoying I need to go turn the ad tracking back ON every time my browsers update, don’t mind sharing activity reports with the developers, and actually enjoy the ease of targeted advertising.

For me rolling mandated updates that restart the computer when they, not me, decide to, break working software, remove third party drivers that work just fine, disable AV... that’s malware.

install a bunch of game adverts I have no interest in, that’s spam. If Microsoft were actually doing something with the anonymised telemetry info everyone is so worried about why can’t they figure out I don’t want to download 5 new time waste games that require me to log into and link social media accounts I don’t use.
 

Markoni35

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Windows 7 was released in 2009. That means it's less than 11 years old. Now... medical patents last for 20 years. Why would software be released as free earlier than medical patents?

Medical patents are more important. They shouldn't last more than 5 years. But nobody asks the damn medical leeches to give up their millions. Even though it would save millions of lives. Nobody even demands that they return the money if the patient dies. Nope, those leeches have huge salaries, but no responsibility.

So... why would Microsoft agree to this, if nobody can make even medical criminals to start respecting human lives? I support Microsoft. Stick to the same rules as medical mafia. Release it as free OS (but not open source) after 20 years.
 

lostinlodos

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... I support Microsoft. Stick to the same rules as medical mafia. Release it as free OS (but not open source) after 20 years.
I’m almost with you. I’d actually say release it as open source, but not free. I have no problem with that, Windows 7 was awesome. Microsoft finally did something nearly perfect.
If they’d they quit with the always update mandates I’d even put up with all the spam on 10, which I believe was otherwise as close to perfection as we could expect from a mass market OS. (They temporarily had THE best web browser with edge but not they are dumping it)
This is like a dark dark dark British comedy. I really want to like it! I bought 10...twice. But ever time Microsoft gets close to perfection they go and do something stupid.
 
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bobc4012

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And why not? If it has a large enough following and Microsoft is no longer going to profit from it, there is no reason not. Call it corporate governess or whatever you like and let groups like these continue to maintain it doesn't sound all that far fetched.
Except for one thing. Windows 7 contains a lot of the base code used in Windows 10. Don't assume Windows 10 was a complete 100% rewrite.
 

bobc4012

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The open source community needs to dump the elitism and innumerable egos fighting for attention and finally get behind ONE *nix for all, preferably with a solid Win32/Win64 compatibility layer. Nothing else will make an open OS relevant on the desktop and everyone knows it.
I agree, but will never happen as too many have their own "ideal" desktop and never the twain shall meet. Ubuntu could have done it, but went off on a tangent and lost a lot of people to Linux Mint and other variations. I could see developing one base package - one that could make it very easy for Window users to migrate - especially those users who barely know how to log on. Also make it easy for those who have their own DE preferences to drop the base desktop and install their own. Its not rocket science, but can be used for such.😊
 
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arrowflash

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I agree that windows 8 and 8.1 were trash.

But Windows 10 is perfect.
If Windows 10 works for you, great. But saying it's perfect, I'd say you drank the MS kool-aid a bit TOO much and never had to use Windows 10 for doing actual work...

https://itvision.altervista.org/why-windows-10-sucks.html

Of course, there is a huge list of other issues, bugs and problems not addressed in that article for those who have the misfortune of using and supporting Windows 10 in corporate / enterprise environments...
 

Markoni35

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Windows 10 works fine, but it's kinda downgrade in user experience from Windows 7. Because they merged two different philosophies inside of the same product. And this multiple-personality disorder is visible everywhere.

To uninstall apps you have 2 different windows. To setup almost everything you have 2 different dialogs and many different sub-dialogs. Some things are easy to find, others almost impossible (not even built-in search will always help). I expect Windows to be the most user-friendly OS. And most of the time it really is. But when they screw up, they screw up royally.
 

lostinlodos

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How about react OS? If it was funded it might by pass Microsoft
React has everything it needs going for it. Except it’s dependency on wine. Wine has one major problem, programs work, or don’t. A vast majority of apps in the database are either medal level or “trash”.
Don’t get me wrong, I use wine both in Linux and MacOS. But it’s not really a replacement. As such React is More of a very nice interface over a compatibility layer.
I always wondered what would happen if someone tossed some business weight behind that OS though.but I would foresee legal issues that may take down the entire compatibility landscape. That aspect of the OS scares the hell out of me, personally.