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01.12.10

Microsoft to Rent the Software It’s Already Renting to Fight GNU/Linux Adoption

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Office Suites, OpenOffice, Vista 7, Windows at 1:27 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Microsoft’s lowering of the cost of Windows and Office is a sign that GNU/Linux is gaining

LAST night we wrote about Microsoft’s dumping of Office and Vista 7. They are trying to block GNU/Linux and OpenOffice.org adoption [1, 2, 3, 4] in all sorts of nefarious ways.

The Microsoft boosters from ZDNet and CNET have just stated that Microsoft will allow “renting” of Office and Vista 7, but perhaps they fail to understand that this already is rental; that’s what proprietary software with licences to run binary code is all about. They should read the EULA.

Here is what Directions on Microsoft (which we mentioned yesterday for its Microsoft boosting) had to say about this development:

Until Microsoft added this option, DeGroot said, Microsoft really only had the option of threatening to shut down a business or potentially pushing rental businesses toward Linux and OpenOffice.

That seems like a symbolic move which shows just how concerned Microsoft has become about significant gains of Free software on the desktop. Here is another new story (from yesterday) about a man who rejects Vista 7 and decides to abandon Microsoft altogether. He will be moving to GNU/Linux, not the Hype Company.

Freeing myself from the vile clutches of Microsoft

I’ve decided that Windows 7 holds absolutely no appeal for me. According to what I’ve heard, most of the new and “improved” features gear more towards people who couldn’t handle Vista or otherwise just don’t know how to use a PC. Plus, I’ve also read that it has the same software compatibility issues as Vista does, so that’s no good. And, lastly, $120 USD for an upgrade to the HOME version is friggin’ ridiculous, especially in this economy. So, I’m officially working on leaving Microsoft.

It is stories like this which make Microsoft nervous. It knows better than anyone else what is really happening because Windows reports to Microsoft which programs are installed (that’s a verified fact), maybe even which partitions.

“I’m not one of those who think Bill Gates is the devil. I simply suspect that if Microsoft ever met up with the devil, it wouldn’t need an interpreter.”

InfoWorld Editor Nicholas Petreley

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11 Comments

  1. TheTruth said,

    January 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

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    “Freeing myself from the vile clutches of Microsoft
    I’ve decided that Windows 7 holds absolutely no appeal for me. According to what I’ve heard, most of the new and “improved” features gear more towards people who couldn’t handle Vista or otherwise just don’t know how to use a PC. Plus, I’ve also read that it has the same software compatibility issues as Vista does, so that’s no good. And, lastly, $120 USD for an upgrade to the HOME version is friggin’ ridiculous, especially in this economy. So, I’m officially working on leaving Microsoft.

    http://evilgenius180.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/freeing-myself-from-the-vile-clutches-of-microsoft/

    WOW ROY, thats great, testimonial from someone that has admitted they never even USED the product.

    “According to what I’ve heard,” ***********hearsay

    “Plus, I’ve also read that it has the same software compatibility issues ”

    WOW how indepth reporting you do ROY,, what a joke, if all you can do is quote troll who admit they have no experience with the product in question.

    But FUD is enough for you to post your bile as “true”.

    WHAT A JOKE ROY..

    I’ve read that Roy of BN is a troll, lies and fabricates stories to suit his own propaganda.

    I’ve heard that all the people who support BN want to destroy FOSS.

    A little fairy told me the earth is flat, and we all live on the back of a giant turtle flying through space.

    Gee ROY, are you having trouble finding actual FACTS these days ??

    Scraping the bottom of the barrel for you’re own unique brand of hate and FUD..

    What do you think thinks like this do to you credability? do you think anyone reading this will not see it for what it is.

    Some fool who has never used Win 7, but makes comments about it, with no actual knowledge. They admit they do not use it, and that the information they are stating as FACT is just what he has read.

    gee, ROY, Im sure I could find millions of quotes about you ROY, that I could quote, or that I have “heard” or “read” about you…

    You’re a pathological liar ROY, seems you’re own EGO, has gotten in the way of ANY intelligence you may of had.

    As for you’re credability, what credability you have NONE…

    Again, how does it feel to be the laughing stock of the FOSS world?

    You’re a joke ROY… Get a job, and a life…

  2. wallclimber said,

    January 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

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    Dear “TheTruth,”

    I do hope you are feeling better after getting that rant out of your system. Roy’s BN post apparently caused you to spew some pent up frustrations.

    However, allowing your discussions to degrade into insults and name calling seems counter productive, not to mention childish.

    Here’s some truth for you. The days of Windows being on the majority of computers are not over, yet. I think we all understand that quite well.

    However, the days when Windows was the ONLY system installed on those computers are definitely, and permanently, gone. I don’t know anyone anymore that doesn’t dual boot, at the very least, or run Windows as a guest VM on a GNU/Linux host (if they must run Windows at all).

    Truly, people’s patience has begun to wear very thin with Microsoft’s over-priced and over-hyped products, as well as with their overbearing, mean-spirited, ugly business practices (and I’m being kind, here). The world’s gotten tired of it and is moving on.

    Microsoft is losing the battle, and when they’ve faded away into history, they probably won’t be missed.

    Now, please, get some rest and try not to get so overwrought, it’s surely bad for your health. :)

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    It’s “MUTEX” having another tantrum. You should see his verbal, highly vulgar attacks on me.

    Robotron 2084 Reply:

    Your post highlights what I enjoy most about folks like you. To me, the behavior and devotion of Linux zealots is far more amusing than Christians. Why? Because I stand a good chance of still being alive to see that your beliefs and predictions didn’t pan out. I’m truly going to enjoy your disappointment after years of telling other people your version of “the truth”.

    Your fifth paragraph shows the source of the problem. Your little world is radically different than reality. You’ve plugged yourself in with people like Roy who are just like you. What you haven’t yet realized, unlike investors who dumped millions into worthless on-line companies, dead teenagers who hung themselves after MySpace postings, and disappointed Ron Paul voters, is that the Internet is like the mirror on the passenger’s side of the car. What you see is a distorted, modified version of reality. You aren’t seeing the world as a whole.

    Regardless of being right or wrong, I’m willing to say you can’t unplug from the world you cherish so much because you really have nowhere else to turn. Linux zealotry provides the meaning that your life has lacked for so long and you really aren’t equipped to do without it. I’d say that’s more serious than having to read a few on-line insults from Mutex.

  3. Dennis Murczak said,

    January 12, 2010 at 5:36 pm

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    Wild accusations without any attempt to bring up an actual argumentation. That’s kindergarten level. You owe me three wasted minutes of my live, TheTruth!

    Robotron 2084 Reply:

    Never mind the comments. If you are a regular reader of this site, I’d say we’ve all lost more than just 3 minutes on the articles alone.

    Mikko Reply:

    Wow 2 trolls at the same time

  4. TheTruth said,

    January 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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    Nice “reporting” ROY LOL.. and to you duty guard dog, wallclimber,,, You’re welcome..

    your_friend Reply:

    You seem to always be on duty, harassing people here every day. Don’t you have something else to do?

    dyfet Reply:

    Perhaps it’s also his day job, so to speak. Certainly there are plenty of paid astro-turfers. It is amazing what some people will do for money.

  5. Robotron 2084 said,

    January 13, 2010 at 1:15 am

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    “The Truth” beat me to one of the problems with this article, so I’ll bring up another.

    Per usual, Roy likes to insert quotes, often out of context themselves, at the beginning or end of each article. The article itself criticizes Microsoft, so Roy sees nothing wrong with including a quote from someone doing the same, even if the author didn’t intend to comment on the subjects mentioned. Just another way to add insult to injury. There is a reason you won’t find this tactic used with any legitimate (think print) publications.

    For the record, Nicholas Petreley hasn’t been an editor at InfoWorld for a very long time and when he was only working for the “test center” division. He founded an on-line magazine called LinuxWorld in 1998. Why are we not surprised? I bet it didn’t take him long to think of the name.

    source: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/2076

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