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

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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RE[2]: No respect
by stereotype on Wed 25th Nov 2015 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE: No respect"
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Diskpart lets you *modify* a partition to be read only, which is a twisted way of doing it.
Plus I often format my drives partition-less to avoid a layer of complications such as alignment or legacy issues, so it won't work for me.

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