M$ has long had others lie on its behalf but no longer. When Kenya decided to prefer FLOSS, this was spoken:
““We agree with the open standards but not the free and open source software strategy,” said Paul Roy Owino, technology advisor, Microsoft East and Southern Africa.
“The Government stands to lose to hackers, freedom to third party modification coming with Free and Open Source Software it plans to adopt increases chances of Internet attacks,” he said “I do not think the Government has competent expertise to handle the challenges that comes with the free and Open Source Software,” he said.
Owino said through the Free and Open Source Software the Sate might find it hard to hold anyone accountable should its systems be hacked”
““Just like other players in the copyrighted software, we are accountable when our software is hacked, the case is different with the non-copyrighted software,” he said.”
Allow me to quote, M$’s EULA:
A. LIMITED WARRANTY. If you follow the instructions and the software is properly licensed, the software will perform substantially as described in the Microsoft materials that you receive in or with the software.
B. TERM OF WARRANTY; WARRANTY RECIPIENT; LENGTH OF ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES.
The limited warranty covers the software for 90 days after acquired by the first user. If you receive supplements, updates, or replacement software during those 90 days, they will be covered for the remainder of the warranty or 30 days, whichever is longer. If you transfer the software, the remainder of the warranty will apply to the recipient.
To the extent permitted by law, any implied warranties, guarantees or conditions last only during the term of the limited warranty. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so these limitations may not apply to you. They also might not apply to you because some countries may not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty, guarantee or condition lasts.
C. EXCLUSIONS FROM WARRANTY. This warranty does not cover problems caused by your acts (or failures to act), the acts of others, or events beyond the reasonable control of the manufacturer or installer, or Microsoft.
D. REMEDY FOR BREACH OF WARRANTY. The manufacturer or installer will, at its election, either (i) repair or replace the software at no charge, or (ii) accept return of the product(s) for a refund of the amount paid, if any. The manufacturer or installer may also repair or replace supplements, updates and replacement software or provide a refund of the amount you paid for them, if any. contact the manufacturer or installer about its policy. These are your only remedies for breach of the limited warranty.”
Yeah, M$ lied twice:
- once about GNU/Linux not being copyrighted and
- again about responsibility. They take no responsibility for the $billions of damage their software causes each year except to refund the purchase price within 90 days leaving the user with no functional computer.
Yeah, M$ spreads FUD, all this stuff about modified code and hackers. What’s with that? I just read PCs are being shipped from the factory with malware installed in that other OS. M$ told us so. Nothing to fear from M$’s OS? Right!