EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

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

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

11 Comments

  1. TheTruth said,

    January 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Gravatar

    “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

    Gravatar

    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

    Gravatar

    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

    Gravatar

    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

    Gravatar

    “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

What Else is New


  1. The EFF Back to Tackling Software Patents, Not Just Patent Trolls

    Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyers start targeting large companies that exploit patents for intimidation and extortion, not just patent trolling



  2. Microsoft Wants to Devour the Competition (Linux), Devour People's Data

    Refuting the "new Microsoft" propaganda and some ludicrous concept that Microsoft is now "playing nice"



  3. Benoît Battistelli Thinks 'President' is Above the Law, Decides to Ignore the Court's Ruling

    Staff of the EPO is given yet more reasons to protest tomorrow at the British Consulate, for the so-called 'President' of the EPO reminds everyone of the very raison d'être for the protest -- a vain disregard for the rule of law



  4. Links 24/2/2015: Xfce 4.12 a Week Away, GNOME 3.16 Previewed

    Links for the day



  5. Links 23/2/2015: Ubuntu Kylin 14.04.2 LTS, Cinnamon 2.6 Previews

    Links for the day



  6. IRC Proceedings: February 8th - February 21st, 2015





  7. The EPO's Sham 'Internal Investigation' of EPO Vice-President Željko Topić's Affairs

    The EPO never investigated the Željko Topić affair, it only pretends to have investigated (one small aspect, i.e. cherry-picking) using a Benoît Battistelli-controlled group



  8. Links 21/2/2015: GNOME 3.15.90, Google Wins Android Lawsuit

    Links for the day



  9. Microsoft AstroTurfing War on GNU/Linux is Still Going On, But Hidden Better, Uses API as Instrument of Lock-in

    The corruptible press continues to describe blatant attacks (Embrace, Extend, Extinguish) against GNU/Linux and Free software as Microsoft 'embracing' Open Source



  10. Lenovo's Superfish Scandal is Spyware on Top of Spyware (Microsoft Windows), the Problem is Inherently Proprietary Software

    Shifting focus to the root problem, which is neither Lenovo nor its laptops but the non-free programs installed on hardware



  11. Benoît Battistelli Once Again Threatens EPO Staff That 'Dares' to Protest, Battistelli Exploits Terror Attacks to Pretend to Respect Free Speech

    The European Patent Office (EPO) President, Benoît Battistelli, reportedly started threatening -- as before -- staff that decides to exercise the right to assemble and protest against abuses, including the abuses of President Battistelli himself



  12. Links 20/2/2015: Android Studio v1.1, GDB 7.9

    Links for the day



  13. Links 20/2/2015: Bloomberg Joins Linux Foundation, ClearOS Community 6.6.0

    Links for the day



  14. The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Slams the European Patent Office for Structural Failings

    An important letter which we overlooked while writing yesterday's 4 articles about the European Patent Office (EPO); yet another key stakeholder complains



  15. Links 19/2/2015: Hewlett-Packard on Cumulus Linux, Previews of GNOME 3.16 Beta

    Links for the day



  16. Techrights Under Attack Again, Shortly After Important EPO Articles

    Techrights highlights a pattern that is months old; Site faces availability issues shortly after reports about the European Patent Office and its abuses



  17. EPO Staff Protests Against Benoît Battistelli’s Lowering of Patents Quality (Scope Expansion and Software Patents for Profit)

    A protest in Munich in less than 6 days will target Mr. Sean Dennehey, who has helped Battistelli cover up his abuses and crush legitimate critics, whom he deemed illegal opposition as if the EPO is an authoritarian regime as opposed to a public service which taxpayers are reluctantly (but forcibly) funding



  18. Breaking: European Patent Office Sued by Its Own Staff in The Hague, Must Unblock Staff's Voices

    The crooked management of the European Patent Office (EPO) gets in legal trouble after repeated attempts to cover up abuses and suppress criticism



  19. Željko Topić's History in SIPO Leaves a Legacy of Alleged DZIV Vehicles (Bribes), Authorship Abuses, and Intimidation Against Reporters

    Another deep look at Željko Topić's background in Croatia, preceding his very notorious appointment to the EPO where he now serves as Benoît Battistelli's most controversial attack dog



  20. The Old Obsession With Patent Trolls Continues to Distract From Debate About Software Patenting

    A roundup of recent coverage about monopolies on algorithms in the United States



  21. Links 19/2/2015: 64-bit ARM Linux, Chinese New Year

    Links for the day



  22. Links 18/2/2015: Linux Report, FlightGear 3.4

    Links for the day



  23. EPO Scandals: The Story So Far

    An overview of articles about mischief, misconduct and breach of laws at the EPO



  24. Links 17/2/2015: TripleO, Pivotal

    Links for the day



  25. Links 17/2/2015: SystemD 219, Frugalware 2.0 (Rigel) Released

    Links for the day



  26. Željko Peratović Slammed for Whitewashing Željko Topić After Publishing Important Piece on Behalf of Key Sources

    Response from Ivan Kabalin to Zeljko Peratovic's so-called "apology" which is both mysterious and seemingly inadequate as it does nothing to actually explain what was wrong (if anything)



  27. Benoît Battistelli Has Made Oversight of European Patent Office Absolutely Impossible





  28. Microsoft Already Killed Nokia, Don't Let It Kill Android Players Too

    Microsoft's strategy against Android mirrors the company's evil strategy that derailed MeeGo and Nokia



  29. Intel Continues to Attack Software Freedom Through UEFI

    The Trojan horse that Microsoft uses to cement its monopoly on desktops and laptops (making it hard or impossible to install and run GNU/Linux) is also being misused to block Coreboot



  30. Links 16/2/2015: Netrunner 15, Bridge Linux

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts