Tenacious Emma Alvarado

Emma Alvarado sued M$ in 2009 over the silly and costly XP “downgrades” for people buying PCs that came with Vista. The court disallowed class action and eventually ruled that M$ had not been shown to profit from the practice. Perhaps the dog ate the money but M$ and its partners never do anything without raking in huge amounts of cash.

She is tenacious and is suing again on more limited grounds, California law, which may better protect the consumer.

Going into business in any field is risky and opens one to legal suits but releasing beta software and charging money for it when customers really preferred previous products is a recipe for disaster.

I would have preferred Emma to organize a bunch of InstallFests, but each to his own… An InstallFest has the immediate reward of freeing people from enslavement to the monopoly and it is a lot of fun after the hard work of preparation is done. Legal suits tend to be draining of time and money for an uncertain result. In this case, I have no doubt that M$ is guilty of something be it poor business or gouging or anti-competition but justice delayed is justice denied and hardly worth the bother. Getting the world to use Free Software is a much more satisfactory result.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Tenacious Emma Alvarado

  1. Ray says:

    Happy New years!!!

  2. 2011 is here with the Debian Squeeze release imminent. It looks like another good year for Freedom in IT. There should be a string of new ARMed products running GNU/Linux shortly, particularly tablets.

    Good luck to everyone for 2011. Thanks for your participation.

  3. Dann says:

    Just wanted to mention a Happy New Year to you.

    I appreciate what you and Dr. Roy Schestowitz are doing for the world and hope that you keep it up.

    Best wishes from Alberta.

  4. Richard Chapman says:

    It takes a special kind of person to challenge a large corporation. I’m glad there are people like Emma. My small contribution happens every time I visit a Web site. There’s also the computer I didn’t buy about 4 years ago when my current one would have been “obsolete”, not to even mention the one I would “need” to buy soon. I’m glad to be off that treadmill.

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