Microsoft hates not just software freedom but also the freedom to modify hardware
Steve Ballmer daemonises whetever protects public interests
Summary: Jailbreaking, or removal of artificial barriers, banned by Microsoft
Not only MIT changed its mind on hacking after it had fostered the FSF and GNU. Microsoft too, a company founded by two saboteurs, reacted like Apple after its hardware had gotten jailbroken (Vista 8 is jailbroken for Microsoft-branded hardware), or in other words hacked*. Microsoft Peter was spinning it as something which Microsoft considers “good”, not a shameful development. But Microsoft’s reaction contradicts this:
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Windows RT operating system had been jailbroken to allow for the execution of unsigned ARM desktop applications. Microsoft quickly issued a statement saying it does not consider the findings to be part of a security vulnerability, and applauded the hacker for his ingenuity. Now, an enthusiast over at XDA Developers by the name of netham45 has released a Windows RT Jailbreak tool.
Update on December 11: Microsoft is investigating Windows RT Jailbreak tool, says ‘will take appropriate action’
So rather than let people do as they wish on hardware they bought Microsoft fights back. This ought to teach people that the “new Microsoft” is a company which not only monopolises on the software side but also on the hardware side; hence, it’s worse than ever. █
* Disregard the cracked/hacked confusion, which the corporate media deliberately perpetuates.