Stallman must be getting desperate because of the Windows 7 launch, they have a new campaign:
“Windows 7 Sins: The case against Microsoft and proprietary software”
The FSF hired professional FUDsters:
“The FSF is hiring a campaigns manager to be part of the team that runs DefectiveByDesign and PlayOgg, helps coordinate the GNU Project, and generates new campaign ideas. This is an opportunity to take a leadership role in the organization that sponsors the GNU project, publishes the GPL, and fights for software freedom. “
And it seems 7 sins is the fruit of the labour.
So, here are the 7 sins commited by windows: (from windows7sins.org)
“The new version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, Windows 7, has the same problem that Vista, XP, and all previous versions have had — it’s proprietary software. Users are not permitted to share or modify the Windows software, or examine how it works inside.
The fact that Windows 7 is proprietary means that Microsoft asserts legal control over its users through a combination of copyrights, contracts, and patents. Microsoft uses this power to abuse computer users. At windows7sins.org, the Free Software Foundation lists seven examples of abuse committed by Microsoft.
1. Poisoning education: Today, most children whose education involves computers are being taught to use one company’s product: Microsoft’s. Microsoft spends large sums on lobbyists and marketing to corrupt educational departments. An education using the power of computers should be a means to freedom and empowerment, not an avenue for one corporation to instill its monopoly.
2. Invading privacy: Microsoft uses software with backward names like Windows Genuine Advantage to inspect the contents of users’ hard drives. The licensing agreement users are required to accept before using Windows warns that Microsoft claims the right to do this without warning.
3. Monopoly behavior: Nearly every computer purchased has Windows pre-installed — but not by choice. Microsoft dictates requirements to hardware vendors, who will not offer PCs without Windows installed on them, despite many people asking for them. Even computers available with other operating systems like GNU/Linux pre-installed often had Windows on them first.
4. Lock-in: Microsoft regularly attempts to force updates on its users, by removing support for older versions of Windows and Office, and by inflating hardware requirements. For many people, this means having to throw away working computers just because they don’t meet the unnecessary requirements for the new Windows versions.
5. Abusing standards: Microsoft has attempted to block free standardization of document formats, because standards like OpenDocument Format would threaten the control they have now over users via proprietary Word formats. They have engaged in underhanded behavior, including bribing officials, in an attempt to stop such efforts.
6. Enforcing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM): With Windows Media Player, Microsoft works in collusion with the big media companies to build restrictions on copying and playing media into their operating system. For example, at the request of NBC, Microsoft was able to prevent Windows users from recording television shows that they have the legal right to record.
7. Threatening user security: Windows has a long history of security vulnerabilities, enabling the spread of viruses and allowing remote users to take over people’s computers for use in spam-sending botnets. Because the software is secret, all users are dependent on Microsoft to fix these problems — but Microsoft has its own security interests at heart, not those of its users.”
So, let’s dissect each statement.. (yawn.. this is like a routine job now)
1: “Poisoning education”
“Today, most children whose education involves computers are being taught to use one company’s product: Microsoft’s”
And what does the FSF want? Linux education of course. How is it better? Learning Linux doesn’t make you learn “computers”, it is just Linux that you learn. In what way does learning emacs, vi, KDE, bash etc. has something to do with computer science as such? Just because you know the bash, doesn’t mean that you know how the computer works, how programming in asm works, what opcodes are, memory management and so on. Knowing Linux just means you know how to handle a specific OS and its programs.
“An education using the power of computers should be a means to freedom and empowerment, not an avenue for one corporation to instill its monopoly.”
Windows is much more widely used than Linux. Learning Windows gives more freedom: You can apply for more jobs as example. Even if Linux would be “better” (it isn’t), this would change nothing. Esperanto might be technically a better language than English, but it is harmful to teach pupils Esperanto instead of English, since their chances in the world are much higher if they know English.
2: Invading privacy
“Microsoft uses software with backward names like Windows Genuine Advantage to inspect the contents of users’ hard drives.”
This is plain FUD, WGA doesn’t scan the hard drive. It checks whether the product key is genuine. There are countless of security experts who tried to prove that Microsoft reads the hard disk etc. it was never proven. Many slashtards would get their first orgasm in their lives if there would be a proof of spionage by MS (aside from key checkings).
Besides, Open Source doesn’t save you from phome home:
Windows is the most used software in the world, and has tons of freetard haters. Not to mention competition (Apple, IBM, Sun etc.) Never was something proven. And there tons of people who are trying to prove it.
It would be just suicidial to add spying functions. if THIS would be indeed proven, many companies would drop Windows NO MATTER WHAT. Not to mention all those lawsuits that would follow, hell, MS gets lawsuits for decades all around the world just because the inclusion of a browser – imagine the lawsuits for THIS? They would go on until the year 2345.
3: Monopoly behavior
“Microsoft dictates requirements to hardware vendors, who will not offer PCs without Windows installed on them, despite many people asking for them.”
Dell offers Ubuntu PCs. Not many people want them. Netbooks came with Linux pre-installed, and most people wanted Windows.
And why do most retailers sell PCs only with Windows? To avoid something like that:
“MCFARLAND (WKOW) — Abbie Schubert paid more than $1,100 for a Dell laptop hoping to enroll in online classes at Madison Area Technical College, or MATC.
But something stopped her: she bought an operating system for her computer she never heard of, Ubuntu.
That’s an operating system for your computer similar to Windows that contains Linux. It’s highly regarded among some people and extremely popular with certain circles of computer users because it’s free.
Schubert says she ordered her laptop online at Dell.com expecting to buy your classic bread-and-butter computer.
She didn’t realize until the next morning her laptop defaulted to the Ubuntu operating system.
“It’s been a mess,” she said. “I regret ordering the computer.””
Oh, and there are enough freetards at companies at Dell, who seem to harm their customers with their freetard campaigns: (from the same article)
“Schubert says she never heard of Ubuntu until learning that she accidentally bought it. She called Dell the very next day and says the representative told her there was still time to change back to Windows.
But she says Dell discouraged her.
“The person I was talking to said Ubuntu was great, college students loved it, it was compatible with everything I needed,” said Schubert.
So she stuck with it.
Later, she discovered Ubuntu might look like Windows, but it doesn’t always act like it.
Her Verizon High-Speed Internet CD won’t load, so she can’t access the internet. She also can’t install Microsoft Word, which she says is a requirement for MATC’s online classes.
As a result, with no internet and no Microsoft Word, Schubert dropped out of MATC’s fall and spring semesters.
She also says Dell claimed it was now too late to get Windows and any changes she made herself would void her warranty.
“I’m extremely frustrated,” said Schubert. “I wanted to get back to school, but I needed a computer to be able to do that.”
27 News contacted Dell, but the company has not responded to us yet.””
So much for the evil Microsoft controlling Dell and others.
“Microsoft regularly attempts to force updates on its users, by removing support for older versions of Windows and Office”
Windows 2000, released, well, in 2000, is still supported and will be until 2010. That is 10 years. Windows XP, released in 2001, will be supported until 2014:
13 years! How long does a Ubuntu release last? 24 months at most.
If thirteen years are too short, what does the FSF expect? 25 years? 50 years? A lifetime?
5: Abusing standards
“Microsoft has attempted to block free standardization of document formats, because standards like OpenDocument Format would threaten the control they have now over users via proprietary Word formats. They have engaged in underhanded behavior, including bribing officials, in an attempt to stop such efforts.”
Even if it is true, IBM (FOSS darling) did the same:
“I can see why IBM opposes more voices (at least those that donâ€™t agree with its commercially motivated views). It has enjoyed unparalleled influence in international standardization for decades and may not now like more voices and decision makers in this process. Its allies could not have been clearer about that commercial agendaâ€“ to force the purchase of their products by blocking governments from procuring Microsoft Office, (http://www.consortiuminfo.org/standardsblog/article.php?story=20080328080930159) regardless of technical merit or actual demand.”
6: Enforcing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM)
“With Windows Media Player, Microsoft works in collusion with the big media companies to build restrictions on copying and playing media into their operating system”
This DRM only activates if you want to see blu-ray, HD DVD movies. Linux doesn’t have it at all, which means, Linux users can’t even watch them.
This argument goes like: showering can cause mold, thus, a house without a shower is better.
“Windows has a long history of security vulnerabilities … Because the software is secret, all users are dependent on Microsoft to fix these problems “
Open Source code doesn’t guarantee that some one looks at it. Take as example this 8 year old vulnerability in the Linux kernel:
Or the OpenSSL bug, undiscovered for years:
And with grave consequences, like invalid certificates.
And of course, Windows has more exploits, because more people use it, and that attracts malware authors. If Linux would have the same exposure, it would get the same unwanted attention.
Freetards always counter with the “IIS Argument” against this reasoning. Here is it at work:
Most people use Microsoft Windows, and pirates want to do as much damage (or control) as possible: therefore, they target Windows. But that’s not the only reason; the Apache web server (a web server is a program located on a remote computer that sends web pages to your browser when you ask for them), which is open source software, has the biggest market share (against Microsoft’s IIS server), but it still suffers from much fewer attacks/flaws than the Microsoft one.
And this is FALSE.
Here is IIS6:
Affected By 6 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 0% (0 of 6 Secunia advisories)
Six holes in six years. Not bad. And all of them patched.
If we compare that to Apache 2.2:
Affected By 15 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 13% (2 of 15 Secunia advisories)
The statistics for the new IIS 7 are impressive too:
Affected By 1 Secunia advisories
Unpatched 0% (0 of 1 Secunia advisories)
The “IIS Argument” is pure hogwash, because it proves the total opposite what the freetards want to prove! Perhaps it would help if they didn’t compare the newest Apache to the IIS version from 1996.
Well, that’s it for newest FSF FUD campaign.
They call their previous one, “Bad Vista”, a success by the way:
“On December 15, 2006, the FSF launched its BadVista.org campaign to advocate for the freedom of computer users, opposing adoption of Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free — as in freedom — software alternatives. Two years later, the campaign has nearly 7,000 registered supporters, the name Vista is synonymous in the public eye with failure, and we are declaring victory.“
For all its problems, Vista has a 17 time higher marketshare than Linux:
Many freetards would sell their complete family, if Linux would have such a “failure” in return.
What’s really ridiculous about the 7sins campaign is, that it is just a distraction. ALL the points are moot points. The FSF doesn’t really care about them.
Even if Win7 would be the most perfect software ever created, assembled by divine beings, with no WGA whatsoever, given free of charge, even if it would run with blazing speed on a 486 with 8 MB RAM , it wouldn’t matter at all.
“proprietary software is something worse than an inconvenience. Proprietary software is a social problem, and our aim is to put an end to it. Free software is sometimes more powerful and reliable, but what concerns us most is that it is a more ethical way to distribute software.”
As long it’s not “FREE” (as grandmaster RMS defines it), it’s evil. There is no common ground. So the 7sins campaign is just a red herring. It’s a fake cause.
[Note: This article was originally posted in 2009, so the secunia statistics may be different when you read this. Last time I checked them (August 2010), the general trend was the same (Apache had more open holes than IIS 6 & 7)]