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[4]: Activation.
by twenex on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:31 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Activation."
twenex
Member since:
2006-04-21

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.

Sorry, I disagree. There shouldn't be one rule for small companies and one rule for big ones, even if you switch 'em so that unlike now, small companies get the better part of the deal.

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.

I have no objection to any company "protecting it's revenue stream". What I object to is what I see as them putting the law into their own hands and going WAY over the top. As a private citizen, if someone steals from you you go to the police; you don't demand the right to sneak onto the property of everyone you know and everyone who lives near you to check whether they've stolen something, without even checking whether something has been stolen.

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.


Any company that mistrusts its customers, in the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing, is in my view JUST as bad as MS. They have the right not to trust them, I suppose; but we have the right not to trust those companies, too.

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RE[5]: Activation.
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Activation."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

n the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing

So there is no evidence that piracy in the software world exists?

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RE[6]: Activation.
by twenex on Fri 6th Oct 2006 15:42 in reply to "RE[5]: Activation."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Thom, don't be silly. There is evidence that software piracy exists, and that crime exists. That doesn't mean you or I can legitimately accuse the other of being a software pirate, a thief or a rapist without any evidence that the other has in fact pirated, stolen, or sexually assaulted some{thing,one}.

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RE[6]: Activation.
by sbergman27 on Sat 7th Oct 2006 05:35 in reply to "RE[5]: Activation."
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Thom,

In a community this cozy, if you treat your customers right, and show them that you trust them, there is every reason to expect that they will deal straight with you. Possibly even sending a little more money than required.

By requiring activation, Xandros is setting the tone for the relashionship. And it's not a good tone.

I'll admit there is a gamble involved. Xandros is on the conservative, conventional side of the gamble. But, in this case, I suspect it is also on the losing side.

-Steve

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