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December 15, 2006

Another country heard from

Posted by David Hunter at 10:25 PM ET.

BadVista.org: FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista:

Boston, MA—December 15, 2006—The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched BadVista.org, a campaign with a twofold mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by the new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free software alternatives that respect users’ security and privacy rights.

“Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new ‘features’ in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We’ll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care”, said FSF program administrator John Sullivan.

The campaign will organize supporters into effective and unusual actions drawing attention to this daylight theft of computer users’ rights, aggregate news stories cutting through the Vista marketing propaganda, and provide a user-friendly gateway to the adoption of free software operating systems like gNewSense (http://www.gnewsense.org).

More in the same vein by following the link. In particular, the FSF folks have it in for Microsoft’s Trusted Computing initiative or as they term it, Treacherous Computing.



Filed under FSF, General Business, Marketing, Microsoft, OS - Client, Open Source, Security, Trusted Computing, Windows Vista

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