Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2015 17:57 UTC
Microsoft

Malware means software designed to function in ways that mistreat or harm the user. (This does not include accidental errors.) This page explains how Microsoft software is malware.

Malware and nonfree software are two different issues. The difference between free software and nonfree software is in whether the users have control of the program or vice versa. It's not directly a question of what the program does when it runs. However, in practice nonfree software is often malware, because the developer's awareness that the users would be powerless to fix any malicious functionalities tempts the developer to impose some.

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No respect
by stereotype on Wed 25th Nov 2015 08:51 UTC
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Scenario:
Plug in an external USB HDD to restore backed up photos and music. While the files are copying, you decide to install an application.

Windows:
1. You can't open the HDD read-only if you wanted to.
2. As you browse the external HDD, Windows will write crappy thumbnail files everywhere without permission. Windows Media Player will actually modify your music files and insert extra metadata in them.
3. While you are installing the app you've just downloaded, the installer will look for the biggest drive to put its junk temp files in (this is the default for msi installers). Guess which drive that is? Yeah, your pristine backup drive.
4. Your external backup just got raped.

Linux:
1. You can open the drive read only if you want.
2. Thumbnails if any will be written to the home dir, not on external media.
3. No need to comment further...

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