- poisoning education
- invading privacy
- monopoly behaviour
- abusing standards
- enforcing digital restrictions management
- threatening user security
Windows 7 Sins is an aggressive campaign. The Free Software Foundation has emailed 499 of the Fortune 500 companies (not included in mass email, Microsoft), with the subject heading “Important notice regarding impending lack of privacy, freedom and security from Microsoft Corporation”
There is an unhealthy dependency on Microsoft and it is time to educate all computer users of other options — it is not just a Mac vs Microsoft world. This dependency is so profound that the mass media is all but kissing the butt of Micosoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer into a more than just what he actually is . . . cheap suite wearing used car salesman.
Microsoft uses this power to abuse
Microsoft has time and time again profited by stealing non Microsoft’s programmers work including scripts, coding, applications and design without permission or profit sharing. The fact that Windows 7 is proprietary means that Microsoft asserts legal control over its users through a combination of copyrights, contracts, and patents. Microsoft uses this power to abuse computer users. Read more at Windows 7 Sins.
It might seem like the same old Microsoft bashing, but nothing has changed. Microsoft is in court many times over because of unethical reverse engineering, intellectual theft and code coping, but due to the dependencies in the US Federal Government (with exclusive software and tech support) “looking the other way” is only the option. Do you know how much it would cost the federal government if they stopped using Microsoft? Billions, possibly more.
Each Government Agency would have to reformat all the computers, reformat all servers, install new Operating Systems, training and so on . . . it would a rolling shutdown of the entire US Federal Government. Since that is not an option, Microsoft can do what it wants in the United States.
About the Free Software Foundation
The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users’ right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software — particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants — and free documentation for free software.
The Free Software Foundation also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux.Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.
About Free Software and Open Source
The free software movement’s goal is freedom for computer users. Some, especially corporations, advocate a different viewpoint, known as “open source,” which cites only practical goals such as making software powerful and reliable, focuses on development models, and avoids discussion of ethics and freedom. These two viewpoints are different at the deepest level. (Read More . . .)
- Be Educated
Here are some great sources for alternatives to Microsoft Products:
- Free Software Directory
- Open Source as Alternative
- Alternative to Microsoft Office : OpenOffice
- Microsoft Boycott Alternatives
- Editor’s Pick – Ubuntu
- Alternatives to Microsoft – Icon Menu is easy to navigate
- Blog Lifehacker : Top 10 Microsoft Alternatives
Did you know that you can get a computer without Windows installed? You just have to ask, possibly demand? Great source for new computers, if you are not into installing it all youself:
- Dell Computers - Compare you will find the Ubuntu (linux) laptops are considerably less
- Resource One : Linux Pre-Installed Vendors
- Editor’s Pick – Tiger Direct
- Resource Two : Linux Pre-Installed Vendors
- PCs For Everyone
- Game PC
Do your own research, you will find that there are better and cheaper options. But nothing beats the price of free, support The Free Software Foundation and spread the word.