Reasons to Avoid Microsoft
MS Windows XP
These pages are a compilation of links and quotes to news articles and
others sources that might help convince you to switch to Linux.
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- Government should block XP release
This sounds like an extreme move, and in a way it is. But it's vital. The
alternative is further abuse by a company that keeps demonstrating, in
word and deed, utter contempt for the law and fair competition.
- Why Windows XP will be the Denial of Service Explotation Tool of Choice
for Internet Hackers Everywhere
(Gibson Research Corp.,
Any system whose fundamental architecture prevents applications from
gaining 'Raw' access to the Internet will be MUCH harder to exploit.
... full Raw Socket support is absolutely unnecessary for the use of
ANY benign Internet applications.
- Microsoft Cracks Down on Sharing Windows XP
(Wall Street Journal - Personal Technology,
If you're one of the millions of consumers with multiple PCs in your
household, and you plan on upgrading them to Microsoft's forthcoming
Windows XP operating system, you're in for a rude surprise. For the
first time, Microsoft plans to force families to buy a separate, full-price
copy of Windows for each PC they upgrade. Each copy is expected to cost
around $100. Not only that, but [you are required] to let Microsoft
create and store a profile of the configuration of every PC on which
you install Windows XP ... If you don't allow Microsoft to collect this
information, your copy of Windows XP will simply stop working ...
[it] might still stop working at some point if you make a lot of changes
to your PC's hardware. I am not making this up. ... What if your PC
malfunctions, and you have to reinstall ... you'll have to explain
the situation to Microsoft...
- New Windows XP Feature Can Re-Edit Others' Sites
(Wall Street Journal,
One key test of Windows XP will be whether its features do more to
benefit consumers or Microsoft's business plan. ...
The feature ... allows Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser
... to turn any word on any Web site into a link to Microsoft's own
Web sites and services, or to any other sites Microsoft favors.
... [Smart Tags] mean that the company that controls the Web browser
is using that power to actually alter others' Web sites to its own
- Windows XP may steer users' Web choices
'Wouldn't that be something?' [Gartner analyst Michael Silver] said.
'You spend millions of dollars designing a Web site, and Microsoft has
a Smart Tag that sends (users) to one of (Microsoft's) own sites.'
- Windows XP and Incompatibilities with Multi-Booting?
...this could be seen by many as another move to stifle competition in
the PC market.
- Rivals Upset at Windows XP Features
Rivals and some state attorneys general are complaining that with
its Windows XP system, Microsoft is engaging in the same sort of
product bundling that gave rise to the current federal antitrust
case involving the company's Internet Explorer browser.
- Microsoft to keep software meeter running?
Microsoft may be changing its licensing practices, potentially compelling
large companies to pay up every three years to continue using a piece of
- The Microsoft jinx
Microsoft could step into a pothole if the upcoming Windows XP operating
system polices users.
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