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[5]: Why?
by JeffS on Thu 27th Aug 2009 19:41 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why?"
JeffS
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nt_jerkface:

Since you've thrown the word "collectivist" in reference to Stallman, I'm guessing that you're a Randian (at least partially).

Yet, you argue in favor of the developer/proprietary software developer to take control of your computing experience.

And I always thought that a major part of the Randian/Objectivist/Libertarian/blahblah philosophy was to give freedom to the individual, without centralized control.

Yet, here you are, arguing in favor of centralized control, and against freedom for individual computer users.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a pragmatist and I use both Vista and Ubuntu (dual boot), with using Vista more often than Ubuntu.

But I hate things like DRM, WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage - the only advantage is for MS), file usage monitoring, vendor lock-in.

If I go to a hardware store, and buy a hammer, I should be able to use that hammer whenever, wherever, and however I want, period.

Software should be the same. But the big proprietary software vendors, as well ad the big media companies, try to put in as many restrictions as possible, interfering with what I want to do with my legally purchased computer, and my legally purchased software.

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