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> Micoshaft vista installer is viral - EU probe needed.
> "We assume that Microsoft has its own interests at heart.
> It wants to launch another product without having to worry
> about the [European] Commission instituting various actions
> under antitrust law," he said. "The commission's concern
> is that computer manufacturers or consumers might be
> prevented from having a proper choice between
> different software packages."
> Under those terms of reference, the vista installer, as well
> as the ex-pee and windope 2003 installers are all viral by
> These and past micoshaft products limit choice between
> different operating systems by eliminating competitors
> boot software from a consumer system.
> SuSE + Ubuntu Linux picks up other installed OSes including windope
> installs and does not eliminate them. A clear indication that
> off the shelf technological solutions exist for making
> software installation co-exist with other operating systems.
> Altering the boot function to eliminate an operating
> system is normally the playground of viruses.
> Windope ex-peeh and vista are all viral installers
> that eliminate other OSes.
> Companies that make Linux distros should write in
> and complain to the EU competion commissioner that micoshaft
> is guilty of eliminating their operating systems from consumer
> PCs and should be refunded for any loss in sales that
> occur as a result of micoshafts viral installers.
> Even if the EU does not heavily fine micoshaft, a guilty
> verdict is enough to release the flood of lawsuits that small
> Linux distro companies can make against windoze installers
> sold by micoshaft for having harmed Linux sales.
Sarcasm, one would assume (April 1st, thanks Ray):
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| I enthusiastically downloaded my copy and began the installation
| procedure. This might be a good time to mention that the Vista
| installation program differs from the Windows XP installer in
| several significant ways. For example, when XP installs, it merely
| wipes out any Linux partitions on the hard drive. Windows Vista, on
| the other hand, will go much further - it will mount any Linuxp
| artitions it finds and then plant viruses and root kits in /usr/bin.
| After all, Linux hackers have been doing stuff like this for years to
| Window users - now it's time for some payback.
http://support. PAGERANKCONDOM microsoft.com/?kbid=247804
How to Remove Linux and Install Windows on Your Computer
Microsoft Extends Intellectual Property Protection to Millions of End Users
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| Increasingly, customers ask how Microsoft's protection compares with
| that offered by leading open-source and Linux vendors. Microsoft
| offers stronger IP protection than leading Linux vendors, as is
| shown in an independent report on indemnification recently
| published by the Yankee Group, a global IT analyst firm.
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