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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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LQ Court Case: FOSS v. Software Fascism

Posted 06-18-2010 at 12:58 AM by Kenny_Strawn

I know, I know, the flame war between proprietary software advocates and FOSS advocates. It has plagued the Internet since the 1990s but, ultimately, FOSS is more free, is more controlled by the user, has less locks (like "Activation" or "Apple Hardware Exclusivity"), and is more customizable than ANY proprietary software.

Case in point: By hogging all the source code to your software, you effectively BLOCK development. To allow faster development and improvement of the software that caters to THE PUBLIC'S NEEDS, the software needs to be developed by the public. It's the only way for the OS to truly be public, not just through feedback. If you don't want to cater to the public's needs, that's your loss: Your OS won't be popular if it is not created with popular hands.

And in my opinion, it's not the hogging of source code that's the worst of business practices. It's the marketing tactics used for the sole purpose of monopolism.

Case in point: Apple. By dictating what OS goes on what hardware, you effectively BLOCK user migration even more. People don't buy a computer just to have an OS that they don't want stamped on it and that is impossible to remove. Such is extremely fascist, especially if you don't want OS X as I had said before. And these tactics don't just apply to Apple: Wireless carriers, such as AT&T and Verizon, also use such tactics as constantly rising ETFs, two-year-contracts and deception tactics like free phone upgrades to bind users to a new contract once the old is up.

Microsoft's tactics, in contrast, are tactics used on an entire market. These are even WORSE than Apple's, because an entire market is much bigger than just a single product. Microsoft, in contrast to Apple, wants to lock their OS to a whole bunch of computers, not just a single brand. M$ also corrupts lawyers and other public officials just for the selfish purpose of keeping the monopoly they already have. Microsoft doesn't give a **** about anybody else but their own selfish luxuries while forcing everyone else to live in poverty. Nobody likes selfism or fascism. Think about this, mattvdh, before you go and post corrupt images of M$'s false beauty.

And here's the ultimate gig: Once you install Windows, M$ tries to lock you in using such tactics as "Activation". And M$ tells corporations like Best Buy falsely that Linux will void their warranty on computers such as laptops and desktops when it really isn't supposed to.

Here's the ultimate lawsuit: that which convicts M$ of violating the Clayton Antitrust Act, which differs from the Sherman one in that it explicitly *OUTLAWS* the formation of a monopoly through corrupt marketing tactics. The Sherman Antitrust Act has loopholes that the Clayton Antitrust Act closes, and it's the Clayton Antitrust Act that M$ needs to be sued under. Is anyone with me? It is not double jeopardy, because these are two separate laws.
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