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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by Remiks on Thu 27th Aug 2009 13:42 UTC
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It's sad to see a group of people (be it a company or a foundation) using negative campaigns to get credibility and increase their user base. It was bad with BadVista, it was bad with the infamous "Get The Facts" campaign. Both MS and the FSF have resorted to this kind of thing, but is it really necessary?

I believe everything is a matter of taste and context. Be it on corporate world, or on the desktop, the software you use is just a choice you've made, because you're more comfortable, because you want to learn, or whatever reason. Corporations look for cost effective solutions; desktop users look to get their jobs done.

I've used both worlds, and I must say, I prefer GNU/Linux (or *BSD), but my preference doesn't come with a necessity of ranting over the proprietary alternative. For what I've seen of W7, it is good, and certainly, very comfortable... But I stick to my penguin friend, which has also never failed, and is too very comfortable (to me, at least).

One thing I don't get is why people tend to insult the things they don't use or don't like. We have here a person who is a fan (please, don't take it as an insult, I'm just trying to make a point) of Free Sotware, and a person who is a fan of Microsoft (or proprietary software, in this context)... Why not simply accept the fact that people have the right to use whatever they want, and then let them be...

Ranting about MS of the FSF does not benefit any of them.

Edited 2009-08-27 13:52 UTC

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