Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:22 AM
Microsoft lost vision of it's customers needs long ago. They have become another megacorp who's interest is in capital and profit. Most of what they spread is FUD and intimidation. The linux developers, especially Linus himself, take the attacks on intellectual property very seriously. That is the whole reason the GPL is being revised to version 3. The funny part is, MS is ACTUALLY trying to make it look like they hand authoall of their code, and have never stolen or bought code. Where, you can get code in Linux that is protected, and it's becoming more common these days, you may still install a linux system without any of these protected packages. These were written from the ground up, and improved by community members. Vista has been an experiment in disaster so far, but, just like XP, give it a couple of years and it will be fine. The first service pack is all ready scheduled for next years release. I guess the easy arguement is, if they developed it properly, instead of worrying about market release, they wouldn't have these problems. However, when you are THE major player, you have to release new things for your customers to, at the very least, maintain the image of someone with your interests in mind. Fact is, since win2k, MS has told it's users how their computers should run, what packets should be on it and exactly how it should be set up. The invasion of privacy disguised as product activation, WGA, WPA and all that nonsense is more FUD. There are all ready cracks out there that will get you a working updateable copy of vista, and there have been for XP for a very long time. The "linux war" has been going aon for quite a while. The first shots publicly fired were the novell deal. Check Groklaw for the lowdown on it all.