Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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lemur2
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The software world has always been that if you pay for the software you do not have to endure advertising, I can expect it on shareware or other freeware but not from software I paid for.

That being said, it is just one more in a long list of reasons to shun Windows 8


Actually, a great deal of "freeware" is actually FOSS software, also known as freedom software. Freedom software is open source copyleft software, so it is software written by a collaboration of its users. Such software is actually the very last place one would find ads, or any other similar anti-feature.

By its very nature, if a software product is a damaged good (e.g. one that shows ads, aka as adware), then it must be closed source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damaged_good

Since the users are the ones who write FOSS software, one must ask why would users include, in collaboration, any features which were against their own best interests as users?

The answer is, they simply wouldn't. To do so would make no sense whatsoever. Most open source freeware is actually freedom software (or FOSS or FLOSS), and it therefore emphatically is not a damaged good, and it does not contain anti-features. Typically one does not have to pay for FOSS software, but even so one does not have to endure advertising.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_and_open-source_software
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Free_Software_Definition

Edited 2012-11-11 12:13 UTC

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