Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Nov 2015 17:57 UTC
Microsoft

Malware means software designed to function in ways that mistreat or harm the user. (This does not include accidental errors.) This page explains how Microsoft software is malware.

Malware and nonfree software are two different issues. The difference between free software and nonfree software is in whether the users have control of the program or vice versa. It's not directly a question of what the program does when it runs. However, in practice nonfree software is often malware, because the developer's awareness that the users would be powerless to fix any malicious functionalities tempts the developer to impose some.

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No respect
by stereotype on Wed 25th Nov 2015 08:51 UTC
stereotype
Member since:
2007-04-06

Scenario:
Plug in an external USB HDD to restore backed up photos and music. While the files are copying, you decide to install an application.

Windows:
1. You can't open the HDD read-only if you wanted to.
2. As you browse the external HDD, Windows will write crappy thumbnail files everywhere without permission. Windows Media Player will actually modify your music files and insert extra metadata in them.
3. While you are installing the app you've just downloaded, the installer will look for the biggest drive to put its junk temp files in (this is the default for msi installers). Guess which drive that is? Yeah, your pristine backup drive.
4. Your external backup just got raped.

Linux:
1. You can open the drive read only if you want.
2. Thumbnails if any will be written to the home dir, not on external media.
3. No need to comment further...

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RE: No respect
by ultrabill on Wed 25th Nov 2015 14:53 in reply to "No respect"
ultrabill Member since:
2008-08-07

The power of Windows is not only in its GUI, lot of interesting options are available with the command line too (like GNU/Linux, you know).
Just have a look at "diskpart" and you'll be able to mount your HDDs readonly. Not as fun as a checkbox, thought.

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RE[2]: No respect
by swerfot on Wed 25th Nov 2015 15:00 in reply to "RE: No respect"
swerfot Member since:
2012-10-20

The power of Windows is not only in its GUI, lot of interesting options are available with the command line too (like GNU/Linux, you know).
Just have a look at "diskpart" and you'll be able to mount your HDDs readonly. Not as fun as a checkbox, thought.

Windows never had any command line that could actually be considered usable. The first real attempt at having such command line is PowerShell, and while first 2 generations of PowerShell were relatively useless, latest ones are finally really getting somewhere and might even approach Unix CLI in terms of power and flexibility some day.

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RE[2]: No respect
by stereotype on Wed 25th Nov 2015 23:55 in reply to "RE: No respect"
stereotype Member since:
2007-04-06

Diskpart lets you *modify* a partition to be read only, which is a twisted way of doing it.
Plus I often format my drives partition-less to avoid a layer of complications such as alignment or legacy issues, so it won't work for me.

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