Will Microsofts Strong Anti Piracy Stand Drive People To Linux

Will Microsofts Strong Anti Piracy Stand Drive People To Linux



Will Microsoft's Strong Anti-Piracy Stand Drive People to​ Linux?
Microsoft is​ due to​ release its new Vista operating system either toward the​ end of​ this year or​ at​ the​ beginning of​ next year .​
Will this new operating system be as​ successful as​ Microsoft's other offerings?
Microsoft's own greed could end Windows reign as​ the​ leading desktop operating system .​
To fight piracy, Microsoft first introduced activation with its with Windows XP .​
Activation was supposed to​ insure that one copy of​ XP can only be used on one PC .​
Hackers easily created versions of​ Windows that avoided activation .​
Then in​ the​ fall of​ 2004, Microsoft introduced Windows Genuine Advantage .​
This program was created to​ allow Microsoft to​ check individual PCs to​ see if​ they are running a​ genuine XP or​ a​ pirated XP version .​
At first it​ was voluntary .​
Then last summer, Microsoft made it​ mandatory in​ order to​ download any free Microsoft software .​
Now its even become necessary to​ get XP security patches .​
If your PC fails the​ test and​ you have a​ counterfeit installation disk that appears genuine (including the​ holographic emblem similar to​ the​ one on real copies of​ Windows), Microsoft will send you a​ genuine disk for​ free in​ exchange for​ the​ fake disk .​
Otherwise, to​ make your Windows genuine you need to​ either buy a​ genuine Windows XP or​ take advantage of​ whatever offer Microsoft cares to​ give you.
With the​ advent of​ the​ Windows Genuine Advantage campaign, Microsoft has become a​ personification of​ a​ typical, greedy Corporate Alien .​
As Linux distributions get better and​ better, Microsoft has to​ be careful how it​ deals with its users .​
They seem to​ think that their software is​ so good, that people would rather pay than switch.
Microsoft licensing always stipulated that, to​ be legal, you had to​ buy a​ license for​ the​ Windows or​ DOS operating system for​ every PC you own .​
But from the​ early DOS days up to​ Windows 2000, someone would buy one operating system and​ pass it​ around to​ family, friends, and​ neighbors .​
So that one Windows 98 Second Edition wound up on ten or​ more PCs.
Linux, on the​ other hand, allows you to​ legally install it​ on every computer you own .​
So putting Linux on ten or​ more PCs is​ not only legal but desirable as​ a​ form of​ advertising for​ the​ operating system .​
But Windows users have been doing the​ same thing all these years .​
They've been advertising Windows by passing it​ around .​
It wasn't legal, nor condoned by Microsoft, but Windows piracy was a​ form of​ advertising that actually helped promote Windows and​ insure its growth .​
As you can see, all this rampant piracy didn't prevent Microsoft's Chairman Bill Gates from becoming one of​ the​ richest men in​ the​ world.
There's another thing to​ consider, when you think of​ operating system piracy .​
If you're a​ corporation with thousands of​ computers, you get a​ special deal on Windows licensing .​
If you're a​ big PC maker like Hewlett-Packard, you get a​ discount on OEM versions of​ Windows .​
But if​ you're a​ small computer store and​ you build five clone PCs per month, you'd have to​ pay the​ typical single user price for​ genuine Windows .​
(For XP that's about one hundred dollars for​ the​ Home Edition and​ one hundred fifty dollars for​ the​ Professional Edition.) It's hard for​ a​ small individual to​ get started and​ compete with the​ big boys, and​ pirating the​ operating system can be a​ means of​ leveling the​ playing field .​
Such piracy can be considered as​ really being a​ discount for​ the​ Working Class.
There are several Linux distributions that are just as​ good or​ even better than anything Microsoft has to​ offer .​
But people will still cling to​ Windows because they don't really want to​ learn anything new and​ switching to​ Linux would require a​ small learning curve .​
Microsoft has probably already made deals with PC vendors to​ install its Vista on practically every major PC brand in​ the​ US as​ soon as​ it​ comes out .​
To be fair to​ everyone, all PC's should come without an​ operating system .​
When someone orders the​ PC they would order the​ operating system as​ well and​ the​ store would then install it .​
Imagine if​ people were given the​ choice: Fedora Core 4 Linux: free or​ Windows Vista Professional: $200.00 .​
I​ wonder if​ they would still choose Windows?
Microsoft could actually make Windows the​ operating system for​ the​ next hundred years .​
All they have to​ do is​ make Vista free when it​ comes out .​
Just like Linux, the​ free version would have no support or​ warranty .​
They don't even have to​ make it​ open source (reveal its internal code); just make it​ free .​
They could still make money by creating a​ highly secure, highly tweaked, fully supported corporate version of​ Vista and​ sell it​ to​ big companies that can afford it .​
This is​ what Linux companies like Redhat and​ Novell do .​
If Vista was free, pirates would stop making money, Microsoft would save millions by eliminating the​ Orwellian tracking needed to​ determine if​ Windows is​ genuine, and​ Linux would no longer be much of​ a​ threat .​
Unfortunately corporate aliens tend not to​ see any further than the​ dollar sign .​
Microsoft will probably stick to​ the​ Windows Genuine Advantage program and​ try to​ thwart all attempts at​ hacking .​
Even though hackers will be able to​ circumvent any code that Microsoft comes up with, they will eventually get annoyed playing games with the​ giant Corporate Alien .​
Then pirated copies of​ Vista will become hard to​ get .​
This will end the​ advertising benefits derived from unchecked piracy that Microsoft enjoyed in​ years past .​
Windows Vista will start to​ lose market share and​ in​ 10 years a​ major Linux distribution will be the​ leading desktop operating system .​
If Linux triumphs, Microsoft Office, will also be replaced by Open Office, and​ the​ Microsoft stranglehold on PC software will finally be broken.
If you like Microsoft and​ want to​ keep it​ in​ power, encourage it​ to​ freely give away its Vista operating system .​
At least, suggest that they drop the​ annoying Windows Genuine Advantage program.
If you want to​ hasten Microsoft's downfall .​
Don't hack, pirate or​ buy Windows, especially its new incarnation, Vista .​
Learn how to​ work with your favorite distribution of​ Linux .​
You can download Linux distributions for​ free .​
Even with broadband this can take a​ long time .​
You can buy any Linux distributions for​ almost the​ cost it​ takes to​ make the​ disks at​ osdisc.com.When you buy your next computer make sure genuine Linux is​ loaded as​ your operating system .​
The more Linux gets established, the​ more everyone will be creating bigger and​ better software for​ it .​
In no time at​ all you will be getting the​ Linux Genuine Advantage.




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