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    Microsoft & Russia's Political Suppression of Opponents

    I'm really surprised no one has linked this story yet?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/wo...er=rss&emc=rss

    And:

    http://blogs.computerworld.com/16929...ship_dictators

    I'm normally not the bash-Microsoft type, but this behavior is reprehensible - no better than Yahoo's behavior in China. It disgusts me. Microsoft and its apologists can make whatever argument they want, it's disgusting.

    If there was ever an argument for Open Source Software, this is it.
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    Re: Microsoft & Russia's Political Suppression of Opponents

    Hey,

    I'm not sure what the article was called, but a journalist asked Microsoft's Bill Gates about the growing piracy of its Windows Operating System in Russia, back in the 1990's - he said he didn't care, that they would crack down on Russia in the future - when Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy would be fully developed.

    Guess he kept his promise.
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    Re: Microsoft & Russia's Political Suppression of Opponents

    Extremely disturbing, hopefully these groups will swap to a free OS. But the mere fact that 'political' is in the title=thread closure.
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    Re: Microsoft & Russia's Political Suppression of Opponents

    One statement: Suppression of information from the masses.

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    Re: Microsoft & Russia's Political Suppression of Opponents

    Quote Originally Posted by JustinR View Post
    Hey,

    I'm not sure what the article was called, but a journalist asked Microsoft's Bill Gates about the growing piracy of its Windows Operating System in Russia, back in the 1990's - he said he didn't care, that they would crack down on Russia in the future - when Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy would be fully developed.

    Guess he kept his promise.
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    Another reason to use OSS

    An article describing how MS licensing policies are being used for evil ends:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39136836...ew_york_times/

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    Re: Another reason to use OSS

    It's pirated software. How is enforcing a license agreement evil?

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    Re: Another reason to use OSS

    The point is that the Russian gov't is using "pirated software" as an excuse to suppress dissent. If all software were open source, then at least this excuse for crushing dissent wouldn't fly. Not to mention, as the article points out, the activists were careful to purchase their MS software legitimately, and yet they were still targeted for a search and seizure raid.

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    Re: Another reason to use OSS

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris1274 View Post
    The point is that the Russian gov't is using "pirated software" as an excuse to suppress dissent. If all software were open source, then at least this excuse for crushing dissent wouldn't fly. Not to mention, as the article points out, the activists were careful to purchase their MS software legitimately, and yet they were still targeted for a search and seizure raid.
    "open source" doesn't necessarily mean "free" as in beer.

    FOSS have licenses too.
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    Bad russian government. You still have a ways to go before your like the US. I mean at least the US Government keeps this stuff under wraps better. (Most of the time.)
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