Non-Free software just got a little less free. M$ and others are putting wording into their licence-agreements that customers cannot file class-action lawsuits. This is another reason never to use non-free software. There’s just no recourse for getting messed up in a big way and we know from experience that M$ rarely does anything unless it’s to mess with competition or customers.
There’s something about Spain…
Years ago it was Extremadura switching to GNU/Linux over a weekend, more recently Andalucia switched. Now Galicia is investing nearly €1 million in promotion of FLOSS for business and government. They have already saved €2.5 million last year.
It looks like the Spanish Civil War all over again, only this time the Spanish are the winners.
The Catholic church has long ago pioneered education as a means of propagating faith and knowledge. The deal they have made with M$ goes against all that.
- M$ is all about keeping users of their products in the dark about price, how the software works, and sharing.
- M$ has deliberately foisted monopoly on the world or IT going against the Christian tenets of caring and sharing.
- M$ is all about bribing “partners” to mess with competition. (“How much do we need to pay you to screw NetScape?“) How Christian is that?
It looks to me as though the Catholic church has sold out and is willing to sell out its children. How many pieces of silver did that take?
At a recent event, Ballmer stated that M$ expects “8″ to be on 500 million PCs next year. M$ has now made a retraction. The imaginary number is about the possible upgrading of “7″ to “8″…
Consumers won’t do that so the number is irrelevant nonsense, just like Steve Ballmer. “7″ is slowing down and many businesses are only now migrating to it years after adoption, so the retail monopoly is “8″‘s only avenue. I would bet the retail monopoly will be much weaker next year than last year, now that ARM CPUs are sufficiently powerful and “8″ is cripple-ware on ARM. */Linux on ARM is set to thrive on ARM for the rest of 2012 and will do even better next year.