by chammi - 2/3/06 2:29 AM
In Reply to: No reason to. by bknowledge
The aggressive activation policies that Microsoft pushed in XP have forced my away from that OS.
Case in point: Right now my father can't start his laptop because somehow Windows decided to lock him out. No apparent reason-- he has a licensed OEM copy, and hasn't upgraded his system to my knowledge. Plus, he's been using that copy of XP for over a year now, so it has to have already been activated and not just in trial. Anyway, now he's got to hunt for the original install materials, call MS and then deal with their pre-recorded menus.
None of that for me! Rather than forking over any more money to MS to upgrade, I just switched to Linux. I can always boot back into my outdated copy of windows for anything that requires it. (an unintentional benefit is that nobody's writing viruses for Win 9X anymore. Remember the Blaster Worm? Didn't touch me.) So I let my pre-XP copy of Windows handle the legacy stuff--and let Linux satisfy my craving for new apps and eye candy.
I'm not going to be elitist about it: I still use Windows PCs at work and school--but then I also use Macs if I need to. There are plenty of alternatives to Windows apps. In XP, activation was such a huge turn-off: I don't see why I should have to suffer to help MS fight piracy. I buy Windows software first and foremost for MY use, not for Microsoft's benefit. But MS has a history of forging on with its plans--be they bundled software or anti-piracy initiatives. It takes an awful lot of public outcry for them to scrap consumer-unfriendly policies, so I fully expect Vista to include most of what I've come to dislike about XP. At any rate, the early OS adopters have all sorts of headaches to deal with--remember when Win 95 and 98 first came out? Let the rest wait until the first Service Pack when the bugs are ironed out.
As for me, until MS re-earns my trust, I see no reason to invest in them.
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