Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Windows Vista was launched, the Free Software Foundation started its BadVista campaign, which was aimed at informing users about what the FSF considered user-restrictive features in Vista. Luckily for the FSF, Vista didn't really need a bad-mouthing campaign to fail. Now that Windows 7 is receiving a lot of positive press, the FSF dusted off the BadVista drum, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
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RE[3]: Why?
by r_a_trip on Thu 27th Aug 2009 14:00 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why?"
r_a_trip
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Try Windows 7, if you can remove your blinkers you might be surprised.

I could try that, but it would be costly. I'd have to buy a version of Windows 7 that is not too restricted, which probably means Windows 7 Home Premium. Then I'd have to flesh it out with the "best of breed" third party addons, which would increase the cost further. Test driving windows 7 legally would be an expensive endeavor.

I could have done it with the RC and then pack it with trial versions of the rest, but that seems like an awful lot of effort for something that will only be functional for 30 days (trial periods of third party addons mostly don't last longer).

I've installed the RC on VirtualBox (the proprietary one) and was pleasantly surprised with the smooth install (Vista's wasn't as smooth). A much needed improvement over XP. The desktop was a bit sparse to the eyes, but the color-scheme is very pleasant.

I didn't test it any further, because I have no real use for Windows anymore. GNU/Linux has taken its place. The Linux distro model fits my needs much better. I can't really see myself go back to the sand-boxed model of windows, where every piece of functionality needs to be bought after careful evaluation, because you don't easily chuck something you've parted hard earned cash for.

I know that Windows and addons can be "gratis" at the torrent market, but why go illegal if the alternative is just as gratis and legal to boot.

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