Vista kill switch may push people to linux



It’s not really a surprising headline. I think anytime a proprietary vendor tightens the screws a bit to limit piracy they are going to force people to other, competing products. Especially when there’s a significant cost difference involved. If there are three t-shirts for sale, one for $5 with no logo and another for $50 with a brand logo (we’ll say nike) and yet another (pirated) with a nike logo for $10 and everybody thinks the nike logo is cool and in… they’ll buy the $10 “pirated” shirt unless they know that it’s pirated and are morally compelled to spend the $50. If piracy is cracked down on and you have a choice between the $50 logo shirt and the $5 no logo shirt….. hmmm I’d rather have $45 extra dollars than a swoosh on my shirt.


Of course, we heard something like this with XP and product activation, that this would drive people to linux and it may have, but not in huge numbers. However, what is being reported that Windows will have in Vista is a bit more of an ultimatum. (From Between the Lines)

Windows Vista will have new antipiracy technology that locks people out their PCs if the operating system isn’t activated within 30 days after installation….If Vista is not activated with a legitimate product registration key in time, the system will run in “reduced functionality mode” until it is activated, said Thomas Lindeman, a senior product manager at Microsoft. In this mode, people will be able to use a Web browser for up to an hour, after which time the system will log them out, he said….The new technology is part of Microsoft’s new “Software Protection Platform,” which the company plans to announce on Wednesday.

George Ou also thinks this will be a good thing for Linux citing the ridiculous price of the core operating system for people in the developing world.

A person in China for example making $300 a month will save up and spend $400 on a computer. They will spend 100 Yuan (about $12) on home grown software but they will never spend $100 on software when they can buy a black market copy for $1. If that wasn’t available or if Microsoft made it impossible to use the software because of WGA, they’ll simply stop using Windows and stop using Microsoft Office and use Linux and Open Office.

The main question, I think will be how limited the operation mode will be in actuality. Hopefully the various linux distributions can take advantage of this opportunity to broaden their user base. The only problem I see is the possibility of linux developing a “stigma” associated with the “cheap alternative”. In many ways linux is so much more capable (even in an absolutely free version) than a $200 copy of XP Pro could be.

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • 16,000 new viruses this year This is for all those people that say to me. "There haven't been any new viruses lately have there?" It's really amazing to me that people think if it's not on the national news it doesn't happen.... According to Pc Pro, Sophos has reported that 16000 new viruses have been......
  • Glide Effortless to be the first "browser as OS" Ok - browser as OS is a term that has been thrown about and speculated on. The concept is to provide a set of applications through ANY web browser such that it's suitable for doing the majority of your work. Most people speculate on Google being the company to bring......
  • Microsoft launches start page test to compete with Google's start page When I first saw the MSN search page I had to smirk. It reminded me much of the Google search page. It was a nice "clean" layout, take away the blue background and the similarities would be greater. Of course my first thought was. "OK they're copying google." or at......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • So What Can A Web Design Do Aimed At Your Website If you wish to have a web site that looks sharp, credible and professional, the best thing you can perform is hire a web design malaysia. web design malaysia would be the ones who have the effect of running your entire site from the appearance to how it's likely to......
  • Create A Web Presence Through Web Hosting Services The world wide web has brought about many changes in our lives. It brought many changes to our society as well.  It seems the whole world has been minimized by the internet. Our businesses, lifestyles, shopping, advertising and entertainment has gone web based and because of this, the need to......
  • The Rare Coin Collecting Debate Those who are thinking about getting into coin collecting are going to have to make a somewhat serious decision about their collection. These collectors are going to have to start to think about rare coins and are going to need to decide whether or not they plan on taking their......
www.pdf24.org    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.


Switch to our mobile site