Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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RE: Comment by marcp
by ze_jerkface on Sun 11th Nov 2012 20:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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First of all - this is not true. In the beginning there was only open and free [of charge] software, available for huge computers.

That's not true, IBM was selling proprietary software from the beginning. Please don't try to push that GPL revisionist history here.

It is not normal, it destroys your freedoms, privacy and it makes your life harder and less personal.

Disregarding the GPL newspeak definition of "freedom" there is a major upside to crapware which is that is lowers the entry price of computers. Have OEMs gone to far? Yes but I'm fine with non-invasive crapware like installed programs that don't run in the background.

The easiest possible solution is just to drop commercial software and switch to something else, but again: is it normal to be forced to do so?

That is a unrealistic solution that doesn't take into account the billions of dollars worth of proprietary software for which there is no free alternative.

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