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December 15, 2006

Another country heard from

Posted by David Hunter at 10:25 PM ET. FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista:

Boston, MA—December 15, 2006—The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched, 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 (

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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February 8, 2006

Microsoft touts Trustworthy Computing in a marvel of poor timing

Posted by David Hunter at 11:07 AM ET.

Today, Microsoft produced a press release which was basically a progress report on how swell things went for its Trusted Computing Initiative in 2005. Actually, it was a little more tepid than that:

Trustworthy Computing Gains Ground in 2005
Encouraged by four years of progress, Microsoft continues its efforts to build confidence in the computing ecosystem

As Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft reaches the four-year mark, a look back at 2005 provides a solid picture of sure and steady progress toward long-term success.

Microsoft’s ongoing work to bring customers a safe, private and reliable computing experience produced across-the-board results in the year past. Some of the more significant highlights include shipping the first Microsoft products to undergo – at every phase of design and development – the full Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) process; releasing new source-code analysis tools designed to help third-party developers build greater security and reliability into their software, and publicly advocating federal privacy legislation in the U.S. to create uniform standards for the protection of customers’ data. Microsoft also made progress by further refining its business practices, cementing Trustworthy Computing as a philosophy and core tenet that permeates the company’s culture, its communications with customers and its software and service development strategy.

Noteworthy strides aside, Microsoft recognizes that a new year also presents an occasion for resolutions. In that spirit, the company continues to strengthen its commitment to Trustworthy Computing, not just for 2006 but as a permanent corporate tenet.

That’s all to the good, because last night they released two new security advisories ([1], [2]) and are investigating another security flaw.

I know Microsoft has to maintain that there’s good news on the security front and hopefully there is, but perhaps they could coordinate public statements a little better within the company.

Filed under General Business, Public Relations, Security, Trusted Computing

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