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Reasons to Avoid Microsoft


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These pages are a compilation of links and quotes to news articles and others sources that might help convince you to switch to Linux.

  • Most Companies Won't Deploy Windows 7 -- Survey (Slashdot.org, 2009.07.13)
    [MS Windows XP] [] Nearly six in 10 companies have no current plans to deploy Windows 7 by the end of next year, according to a new survey.


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  • Hacker, Microsoft duke it out over Vista desin flaw (ZDNet 'Tracking the hackers' blog, 2007.02.13)
    [] [Security Hole] [WOW!] [A security hacker] stumbled upon a 'very severe hole' in the design of UAC (User Account Control) and found out -- from Microsoft officials -- that the default no-admin setting isn't even a security mechanism anymore. ... [UAC] assumes that all setup programs (application installers) should be run with administrator privileges. ... 'That means if you download some freeware Tetris game, you will have to run its installer as administrator, giving it not only full access to all your file system and registry, but also allowing it to load kernel drivers.'

  • A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection (Peter Gutmann, 2007.01.04)
    [] Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to provide content protection for so-called 'premium content', typically HD data from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical support overhead, and hardware and software cost.

  • Vista furor (CNET News, 2006.10.20)
    [] Under changes to Microsoft's licensing terms, buyers of retail copies of Vista will be able to transfer their software to a new machine only once. If they want to move their software a second time, they will have to buy a new copy of the operating system. In the past, those who bought a retail copy of Windows needed to uninstall it before moving it to another machine, but there was no limit to how many times this could be done.


Collection originally created by, donated to LUGOD by, and maintained by Bill Kendrick.

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