Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jun 2007 22:44 UTC
Windows As was to be expected, the Longhorn Reloaded team has been shut down by Microsoft. "It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a cesit and decist letter we recived from Microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to Longhorn Reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although Microsoft hknew about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server."
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RE: Cooperations buys laws
by npang on Tue 26th Jun 2007 03:33 UTC
npang
Member since:
2006-11-26

> The customer is treated like a criminal is that the gratitude for bying a product you pay MS to betatest?
you get a new OS thats incompatible with anything and
you have to rent or crack it to make it work.


This is exactly one of the many reasons to reject non-Free software altogether and invest money into the development of Free software. With Free software, not only do you have the right to use the software as any way you wish, you also have the right to go to any software developer and have them change the program to fit YOUR requirements; there is absolutely no need to be dependant upon the author of the software.

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RE[2]: Cooperations buys laws
by BluenoseJake on Tue 26th Jun 2007 03:53 in reply to "RE: Cooperations buys laws"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"You also have the right to go to any software developer and have them change the program to fit YOUR requirements"

I seriously doubt that, if I developed an opensource program, and you came to me and started to demand changes, I might consider it if it was worthwhile, but I also might tell you to take a hike. That's the right of the developer. The power of OSS is the legal right to modify applications YOURSELF to fit your needs, and with the GPL and similar liscenses, you have to make those changes available to the public. You have no rights to demand anything. The right you have, is to change it yourself, or find some other app that suits your needs better.

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RE[3]: Cooperations buys laws
by wakeupneo on Tue 26th Jun 2007 05:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Cooperations buys laws"
wakeupneo Member since:
2005-07-06

"You also have the right to go to any software developer and have them change the program to fit YOUR requirements"

I think the main point he was making was that he could go to *anyone* skilled enough to make these changes ...not specifically the original author of the software...

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RE[2]: Cooperations buys laws
by Soulbender on Tue 26th Jun 2007 04:04 in reply to "RE: Cooperations buys laws"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"you also have the right to go to any software developer and have them change the program to fit YOUR requirements"

You also have the same right with proprietary software, you can ask them to change it to fit your needs.
However, neither the company making the proprietary software nor the OSS developer is required to actually implement the change you want.
If you told me to make some change to one of my OSS programs and I didn't like that change I would, quite frankly, tell you to shut up or do it yourself. And even if you did do it yourself and sent me some diff's I would be under no obligation to add your changes.

Edited 2007-06-26 04:08

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