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26 August 2009, 08:57

Free Software Foundation launches campaign against Windows 7

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Window7sins poster The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has launched a campaign against Windows 7. On the site, the foundation points out the dangers of proprietary software in general and of Windows in particular. It has sent letters to the heads of 499 of the Fortune 500 companies, aiming to enlighten them about the dangers of proprietary software, although not to Microsoft as the FSF says "we didn't think Microsoft would listen". According to Peter Brown, FSF Executive Director, the protest is about Microsoft's general approach and proprietary software, and has nothing to do with the specifics of Windows 7.

The site lists seven sins, saying that Microsoft is "poisoning education" by investing money on lobbying educational departments, "invading privacy", behaving as a monopoly, forcing updates on users to lock them in, abusing standards, enforcing Digital Rights Management (DRM, or as the FSF calls it Digital Restriction Management) and threatening user security by distributing vulnerable software.

To launch the campaign, the Free Software Foundation is holding an event today in Boston where a giant trash can will be filled with proprietary software from Microsoft, Adobe and Apple in an attempt to educate passers by of the dangers of that proprietary software.


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