10.09.10

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English and Spanish Versions of FSF Post on Vista Phone 7

Posted in FSF, Microsoft at 11:50 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Free Software Foundation (FSF) explains why Vista Phone 7 [sic] is restrictive, belongs to an abusive company, and should therefore be worked against; Techrights has a translation into the language spoken in the highest number of countries

A READER and contributor of Techrights has kindly provided us with a translation of the new post from the FSF, which can be found below in two languages and should be spread as far as possible to ensure the product fails almost as badly as “KIN” did.


Windows Phone 7: the best choice for Patent Trolls.

USA flagPosted by Matt Lee

On Monday October 11, 2010 Microsoft will release Windows Phone 7 software, backed by the largest phone marketing campaign in history: reports estimate costs at between 400 and 500 million dollars.

Why does Microsoft need to spend so much money promoting their latest proprietary software? Clearly they face strong competition, but marketing, especially for high end mobile phones, is about creating an image in the consumer’s mind; an image that they want to identify with.

And that’s the problem that Microsoft has. Who wants to be identified with Microsoft? Who wants to be identified with a corporation run by Steve Ballmer?

Microsoft has a long history of unethical behavior in the software
industry, abusing competitors and its customers alike. Steve Ballmer has long been recognized as the leading force behind this behavior at Microsoft. Yet amazingly he was promoted to lead the corporation when Bill Gates stepped down.

Microsoft’s growth was tied directly to the growing popularity of personal computers. Normally you’d expect a fledgling company in a new industry to grow through customer goodwill. So how has Microsoft been able to mistreat customers every step of the way without losing them?

The tool Microsoft uses is what the FSF has been fighting against for 25 years: proprietary software. The problems with proprietary software are part of the reason free software is such a growing force today.

Proprietary software keeps users divided and powerless. If you are dependent on a proprietary software company for the software you run — and so many people are — you lose your freedom, and open yourself to abuse. Today, many people’s reaction to Microsoft is based upon the abuse they have suffered because the software they used was proprietary.

A history of abusive behavior

When you read a news report about a terrible Internet security problem, what you’re really hearing is a Windows problem. Why do you need to have virus protection software on your computer? Why isn’t the software safe to use as is?

When you can’t open a Microsoft created document using another piece of software, what you’re experiencing is Microsoft’s deliberate action to stop interoperability. You can use more than one browser to read web pages, or more than one music player to listen to your collection; why can’t you use different software to read office documents? Why won’t Microsoft tell other developers how to work with these files?

When the software you use doesn’t have the functionality or feature you want, or a bug is causing your computer to freeze, your only prayer is that Microsoft will release an update or a fix. Why can’t you tell the developers directly about the problem? How can Microsoft be so unconcerned about the issues that affect your work?

These are good reasons to avoid proprietary software in general, and Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 in particular. But Microsoft and Steve Ballmer aren’t satisfied. They also want you to buy a Windows Phone 7 to reward them for becoming the most dangerous patent troll imaginable.

Microsoft are suing mobile phone companies that use competing products like Android: products based upon free software. Microsoft is aiming to remove them from the market entirely or have them pay a patent tax for their availability.

If you haven’t heard anything about software patents yet, you can learn the sad tale here. In summary: there are hundreds of thousands of them, and you can’t write or distribute a meaningful piece of software without the threat of being sued. In particular, everyone in the software industry knows that the patents Microsoft is threatening others with are junk.

Software patents are the most important anti-competitive, anti-software-developer tool available. And right now they are being used to crush freedom.

On Monday and beyond, you can help by raising awareness for Microsoft’s actions.


Teléfono de Windows 7: la mejor opción para los Trolls de Patentes.

Spanish flagsPublicado por Matt Lee el 08 de octubre 2010 17:40

El lunes 11 de octubre 2010 Microsoft lanzará Windows 7 el software del teléfono, el respaldo de la campaña de comercialización telefónica más grande de la historia: los informes de estimación de costes de entre 400 y 500 millones de dólares.

¿Por qué Microsoft necesidad de gastar tanto dinero en la promoción de su más reciente software propietario? Es evidente que se enfrentan a una fuerte competencia, pero la comercialización, especialmente para los teléfonos móviles de gama alta, se trata de crear una imagen en la mente del consumidor, una imagen que quieren identificarse.

Y ese es el problema que Microsoft ha. ¿Quién quiere ser identificado con Microsoft? ¿Quién quiere ser identificado con una empresa dirigida por Steve Ballmer?

Windows 7 Teléfono de la serie: Otro dispositivo patentado diseñado para eliminar todos sus derechos.

Microsoft tiene una larga historia de comportamiento no ético en la industria del software, los competidores y abusar de sus clientes por igual. Steve Ballmer ha sido reconocida como la principal fuerza detrás de este comportamiento en Microsoft. Sin embargo, sorprendentemente, fue promovido para dirigir la empresa cuando Bill Gates se retiró.

El crecimiento de Microsoft estaba directamente relacionado con la creciente popularidad de las computadoras personales. Lo normal sería esperar una nueva compañía en una nueva industria a crecer a través de la buena voluntad del cliente. Entonces, ¿cómo ha sido capaz de Microsoft para maltratar a los clientes en cada paso del camino sin perderlos?

La herramienta de Microsoft utiliza es lo que la Fundacion de Software Libre ha estado luchando contra desde hace 25 años: el software propietario. Los problemas con el software propietario son parte de la razón del software libre es una fuerza creciente en la actualidad.

El software privativo mantiene a los usuarios divididos e impotentes. Si usted depende de una empresa de software propietario para el software se ejecuta – y hay tanta gente – usted pierde su libertad, y abrirse a los abusos. Hoy en día, la reacción de mucha gente de Microsoft se basa en el abuso que han sufrido porque el software que utilizaron fue de propiedad.
Una historia de comportamiento abusivo

Cuando se lee una noticia acerca de un problema de seguridad en Internet terrible, lo que realmente audiencia es un problema de Windows. ¿Por qué necesita tener un software de protección antivirus en su equipo? ¿Por qué no es el software seguro para su uso como es?

Cuando no se puede abrir un documento de Microsoft creado con otro software, lo que estás experimentando es una maniobra de Microsoft de dejar de interoperabilidad. Usted puede utilizar más de un navegador para leer las páginas web, o más de un reproductor de música para escuchar su colección, ¿por qué no se puede utilizar diferentes programas informáticos para leer documentos de oficina? ¿Por qué no dicen los desarrolladores de Microsoft otra forma de trabajar con estos archivos?

Cuando el software que utiliza no tiene la funcionalidad o la característica que desea, o un error que está causando bloqueos en el ordenador, su única oración es que Microsoft lanzará una actualización o una revisión. ¿Por qué no te puedo decir que los desarrolladores directamente sobre el problema? ¿Cómo puede ser tan indiferente Microsoft acerca de los problemas que afectan a su trabajo?

Estas son buenas razones para evitar el software privativo en general, y Microsoft y Windows 7, en particular de teléfono. Pero Microsoft y Steve Ballmer no está satisfecho. También quieren que usted compre un teléfono Windows 7 para recompensarlos por ser los trolls de patentes más peligrosas.

Microsoft está demandando a empresas de telefonía móvil que utilizan los productos competidores como Android: productos basados en software libre. Microsoft está tratando de sacarlos de la totalidad del mercado o hacer pagar un impuesto de patente para su disponibilidad.

Si usted no ha oído nada acerca de las patentes de software, sin embargo, usted puede aprender de la triste historia aquí. http://patentabsurdity.com/watch.html En resumen: hay cientos de miles de ellos, y no se puede escribir o distribuir una parte significativa de software sin la amenaza de ser demandado. En particular, todo el mundo en la industria del software sabe que las patentes de Microsoft está amenazando a otros con correo no deseado.

Las patentes de software son los más importantes contrarias a la competencia, la herramienta anti-software para programadores disponible. Y ahora se están utilizando para aplastar la libertades de los usuarios -LEE MIS LIBERTADES.

Desde el proximo lunes y el más allá, usted puede ayudar mediante la sensibilización de las acciones de Microsoft boycottenadolos.


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