Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2006 22:08 UTC
Xandros Here is OSNews' review of Xandros Desktop Home Edition Premium version 4.0 (a mouthfull). Xandros Systems was so kind as to provide OSNews with the top of the line version of their product, which includes, among other things, complete copies of Versora Progression Desktop, CrossOver Office, and various non-Free drivers and utilities. Read on for the complete review.
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RE: Activation.
by Adam S on Fri 6th Oct 2006 13:21 UTC in reply to "Activation."
Adam S
Member since:
2005-04-01

This is really lame. Xandros is commercial software. If you think you're being tracked and refute that, fine. If your beef is with commercial software, you shouldn't have been using WinME. But if you don't like activation in general, then I submit that you're being suspicious -- are you a thief? Why is activation bad?

Either go for free software, or accept that people who sell legal commercial software have a right to protect their product.

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RE[2]: Activation.
by twenex on Fri 6th Oct 2006 14:54 in reply to "RE: Activation."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

There are two facets to this. Firstly, why should people have to "activate" a product they've already paid for? Would you accept Toshiba coming to your house to check whether you're only viewing legally-obtained DVD's on their player you just bought? Or Epson coming to "activate" your printer, or to check that you've not been printing off copies of "Pride and Prejudice"? No? I sure as hell wouldn't.

Secondly, why should customers trust companies who don't trust their customers? It's not as if they're whiter than white. In fact in their quest to "make money" they will do things that are unethical, immoral, and illegal, quite happily, and quite often. Check the recent news stories on Enron, Apple, HP and Microsoft for evidence.

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RE[3]: Activation.
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Activation."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You'd have a point if we were talking Microsoft or Apple; they're HUGE multinationals to whom one more or less legal copy would mean fairly little.

Now, however, we are discussing a small company, one that falls into complete insignificance compared to Microsoft/Apple. Hence, they have every right to defend their probably smal revenue stream. Without this activation thing, it would be extremely easy to pirate Xandros and leech off of the work of others.

In fact, I am happy Xandros is doing whatever it takes to ensure revenue. They owe it to their shareholders as well as to their customers, because no revenue = end of company = you as customer are f--ked.

People should learn that NOT all companies are the same, and that there is more to think about than just yourself.

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RE[2]: Activation.
by egon_spengler on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:38 in reply to "RE: Activation."
egon_spengler Member since:
2005-11-20

I paid completely legitimate US currency for a product, and then activation is required to fully use this product in its intended way. No, I refuse. And I submit that your implication that I am a thief is uncalled for. Either accept that something I paid for should work fully, or I get my money back.

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RE[3]: Activation.
by Adam S on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Activation."
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

When you buy Tivo, you have to activate it to get the schedules.

When you buy music from iTMS, you have to connect to Apple's servers.

When you get a credit card, you have to call to activate it.

This is life. Activation of commercial software is OK in my book.

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