Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Aug 2009 22:23 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source When Windows Vista was launched, the Free Software Foundation started its BadVista campaign, which was aimed at informing users about what the FSF considered user-restrictive features in Vista. Luckily for the FSF, Vista didn't really need a bad-mouthing campaign to fail. Now that Windows 7 is receiving a lot of positive press, the FSF dusted off the BadVista drum, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.
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RE[3]: Quite expected
by jbasko on Thu 27th Aug 2009 03:26 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Quite expected"
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I'm down with the FTC organization. Free To Choose whichever OS or software I use, whether, GPL'd, BSD'd, or proprietary.

As much as Windows might have its issues, so do open-source stuff as well. This is software, written by men, so mistakes are bound to happen. Just use the best tool for the job!

As for the general population, branding ties people emotionally to a product. Windows is a brand, not simply an OS, similarly Microsoft is a brand, not just a software company. People are emotionally attached to brands and will forever choose to use what they and the wider population use as they want to be apart of that crowd and that's important to them.

I mean I think Apple and MS have good insight here. Apart from office/dev-use, OSs are simply now an avenue to access media. Media is important to people and whoever markets that the best and create the best experience during, gets the crowd. I mean spending on an OS is just an amortized costs as it's valuable to people in the long run to have easy and engaging access to media.

So as long as people have this attachment to media and branding, proprietary software etc., will be widely used.

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RE[4]: Quite expected
by sbergman27 on Thu 27th Aug 2009 03:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Quite expected"
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This is software, written by men, so mistakes are bound to happen.

Indeed. If the HURD had been written by women, it would be Microsoft trying to get a foothold in the desktop market today with their niche "Windows" product.

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Made me giggle anyhow. The irony is that women have historically been better with computers. Programming; invented by a woman. Big Iron; originally programmed by women. When the men went in to fix ENIAC, they relied on direction from the women on the team who would actually read the manual. Ha.. hehehe.. ah.. that's good stuff..

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