Linked by Andrew Youll on Thu 11th Aug 2005 16:29 UTC, submitted by Jophn Deo
GNU, GPL, Open Source A common reason why more governments and enterprises around the world are moving to open source software is unhappiness, it was revealed during a panel discussion at the LinuxWorld Conference in San Francisco yesterday.
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Has anyone tried the new "critical software update" process that Microsoft has put in place? Updayes are advertised as 'critical' and without them your computer is susceptible to attack from the Internet. Fine! I'll get them. Then you are asked to allow a new version of the up-date software to be downloaded and installed - that's Ok as its happened several times in the past. Then the new update software starts a 'verification process' which uploads approx. 50K of data from YOUR computer to Microsoft's computer. This is necesary I am told so that Microsoft can tailor future upgrades to suit my personal PC - how are they going to do that? Some of the data they took is encrypted - what's in that data? Can I have access to this data? - probably not!

Talk about 'big brother', '1984', 'privacy concerns' and 'good customer focus' all rolled-in together.

No wonder people don't like Microsoft and are moving to Linux.

Microsoft are (for now at least) in a monopoly supplier position for me as a customer and I have no choice other than to take this behaviour. Its time for Governments to step in an regulate this repugnant behaviour.


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