The reality is these companies have figured out that the majority will continue to purchase products, at inflated prices, regardless of how little work is put in.
This is the fault of the population, corrupt politicians and corrupt antimonopoly services, who pretend that there are no monopolies in the market, I.e. violate the contract with society about their obligations to remove from the market "too big to fall."
I don't use Bing at all ever. Because Microsoft is big enough. I use Google mostly. And I realize that's just picking one devil versus another. But at least it's using somebody who didn't build the Operating System I use daily.
Think for a moment - if M$ collects your data directly through the system and sends it to their servers in an encrypted form that is not controlled by the authorities (and you), then what does it matter to you which browser you use or search engine? M$ still knows exactly what you are doing 100% of the time if you are online.
Sorry if I am wrong, but my understanding was that the reason behind Microsoft's aggressive system requirements for windows 11 is to prevent these kind of issues as they won't have to support old hardware.
Not at all. The main reason to get you to buy new equipment is big business in terms of control over what you install, what you do, what you watch and read.
For example, SafeBoot (and TPM2.0 as part it) can eventually lead to the fact that you are banned from installing programs and plug-ins in the same browsers that cut out ads. This is the simplest and most understandable for the average layman.
They are slowly building a digital concentration camp. Slowly forcing the average layman to get used to his unenviable fate.
I may be the odd one out, but one of the reasons I really enjoy using Linux is I actually feel like my computer is MINE. I own it, I get to make decisions over it, I don't have to worry about activation.
M$ is one of the main sponsors of Linux development, as is other big business. Over 70% of the fixes made to the Linux repository in recent years have come from large companies, including M$.Can you do a full Linux code audit yourself? If not, who do you trust? If not, who do you trust?
After the facts above, are you sure Linux is safe? And of course, are you aware of the technologies for unmanaged remote control of almost all x86 computers using Intel ME (since 2006) with worked exploits and its counterpart from AMD sold at retail? Except for some business models and model for goverment and special goverment services.
It might seem free if you get it with a computer you bought or, like me, get a license online for pennies on the dollar.
Typical misconception. Read this: https://www.techspot.com/news/97976...irate-script-activate-windows.html#comment_15