Free Software Foundation Protests at Boston, MA Microsoft Store Over Windows 8 Restrictions

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News Posted: Sun, Dec 23 2012 4:36 PM
Without getting too political here, you can't help but chuckle at the latest stunt (or whatever you'd call it) by the Free Software Foundation. The FSF recently rolled by a Microsoft store during the "Tech For Tots" session in order to spread a little holiday cheer. And, of course, to push copies of the Trisquel GNU/Linux operating system. While it's practically impossible for Linux to ever overtake Windows in terms of market share, who says the FSF can't have a little fun as it tries to chip away? The FSF proponents were joined by a gnu (it's a buffalo-like animal, and when used as a stuffed mascot head, is even more hilarious).


The FSF is campaigning against Windows 8 somewhat, noting that it -- in some ways -- restricts freedoms to modify and share software. It's not the first time the FSF has done something like this, but having the mascot head makes this particular stunt all the better. FSF executive director John Sullivan said, "Tablets and laptops are popular gifts for the holidays, but people often overlook the restrictions that manufacturers slip under the wrapping paper. These restrictions end up locking people into one company's products, and complicating things that should be simple like moving programs from an old laptop to a new one. We invite people to join us by going to http://fsf.org/windows8 and signing the pledge to switch to a free operating system. If you already use one, help a friend or family member switch."

So, will a stuffed gnu mascot convince you to ditch Windows?
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RWilliams replied on Sun, Dec 23 2012 5:19 PM

I hope the discs came with install guides, because I wouldn't trust that most passersby would know what the heck to do with the disk. If you mention "partition" and they start running, it's probably not for them.

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I tried Linux 3 times and it is ok, but everytime it tried to perform an auto update it would fail and crashed. after the 3rd try I gave up. I need something more reliable.

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Dorkstar replied on Sun, Dec 23 2012 7:02 PM

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"Tablets and laptops are popular gifts for the holidays, but people often overlook the restrictions that manufacturers slip under the wrapping paper. These restrictions end up locking people into one company's products, and complicating things that should be simple like moving programs from an old laptop to a new one. 

 

What? This is an issue? Do you not do research on a car before you buy it? I think anything like this is the consumers responsibility. Plus, didn't the surface have horrible sales figures anyway?

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MCaddick replied on Wed, Dec 26 2012 10:56 PM

Why don't these fools ever 'protest' like this outside the apple stores. Apple is a far greater threat than MS as far as locking people into an ecosystem. As for linux, sure, its ecosystem is free and open and totally useless. BEtte they spend their time making THEIR platform just not suck so much than people might actually think about using it (which of course, for any serious stuff you can't without massive compromises and trouble).

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