Quote Originally Posted by glotz View Post
I really fail to see the significance of anything going on in Darfur to this discussion.

Micro$oft has a long history of abuses, it's a convicted monopolist and hasn't changed its ways a bit. No thanks to the US supreme court and the Bush administration.

Computers are very significant machines. And very different from most the other machines we have. We have for example a sewing machine, a washing machine and a telly, all of those are single purpose, limited machines. A computer is a free machine, you can use it to do pretty much anything you can dream. Many people agree that the printing press was one the defining inventions of the past that really made it possible to spread knowledge and helped tremendously improve peoples lives. Those presses were mighty big things, still slow and expensive to operate and didn't produce verbatim copies, unlike what todays computers can instantly and at no cost at all.

Micro$oft is making it a terrible experience for everybody to use computers. By limiting your use of the hardware and of their software and by making sure its operating system is preinstalled on pretty much all computer units sold. All they care about is making a buck.

I could talk about Chicago and IE 6 and criminal negligence but I won't. You can find information about these elsewhere if you're interested. Ditto spam and botnets.

I don't know if you're familiar with the ooxml episode? The 'standard' that says for example you must do things like word 95 does it! Micro$oft corrupted the ISO by bribery.

Another example of Micro$oft bribes is the olpc project, a project born to deliver open hardware and software for children in the developing countries to learn about the world and about computing. Now they face more expensive machines because XP wouldn't run on the original machines and EULAs that say among other things they of course cannot take a look at the windoze source code, all this thanks to a little check written to Mr. Negroponte.

Micro$oft was a member of the W3C when the internet standards were drafted. Yet Micro$oft chose not to implement the standards in IE 1 in a nasty move that has lead to the broken internet of today. Think what the internet would be like if it actually worked.

Perhaps you've heard about "trusted computing" and drm? Micro$oft is a champion of those things. And then of course, software patents.

I really haven't spent too much time studying the evil ways of Micro$oft and have no behind the scenes insider information. Yet, the things stated above quite easily convince me that it's not just another company. More like it, just another evil to the core company.
My point is that there are worse things in the world than a convicted monopolist. If you don't like Microsoft, don't use their products. If you don't like Novell, don't use their products. Just let other people make up their own minds.