Posted 04 January 2006 - 09:33 PM
For several reasons we discourage pirated software.
1. we promote responsible growth of the internet
2. we spend hours countering the effects of programs downloaded without the user knowledge that amount to illegal entry into private property ... sorta burglery (a crime)
3. we work at improving opensource applications that do an awfull ot of good for people who for one reason or another do not (or can not) spend the money that software firms must charge to cover their expenses and research & development.
4. we encourage the existing arrangement of freeware & shareware that seems quite equitable, and free trials from large for profit firms are very helpful to the overall ideal growth of the internet
5. we don't think it's fair, in light of all of that, to use knowledge to compromise those cornerstones of development by assisting in a sub-category of practical use that really isn't consistant with these goals.
6. pirated software can also lend factors that endanger those that are not, leading ultimately to more work for us that adversely affects those who use no illegimate software.
Please understand this.
Heretic Monkey has stated it as clearly as it needs to be.
You are welcome to our help, but don't avail yourself of it, only to in turn treat us with the disrespect that is evidenced by supporting that which we do not.
Yes, more can be said of .iso conversion.
What I said was give it a go.
Perhaps I now temper that advice with the other points in your best interest.
It's OK to learn.
I hope we have helped you in that.
patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...