__/ [ Lobo ] on Saturday 11 March 2006 22:45 \__
> "Microsoft declined to offer details on the Brazilian version or when
> it will launch, though it is expected to be similar to other versions
> of Starter Edition. In its current form, Starter Edition is not sold
> on store shelves, but only as part of low-cost PCs. There are other
> restrictions on the software itself, such as the ability to open only
> a maximum of three programs at a time."
> Talk about "dumbing down" a generation of people...
> This offer is an insult to the Brazilians.
I once raised that argument, especially when I found out about the limit
imposed on active programs. It is not the *absence* of a feature, but a
punishment, which is a step too far.
Microsoft help discriminate against countries that are less wealthy. I
think it is a shame and a disgrace for a company that is perceived as an
authority (let alone a "monopoly") and thus has a a certain responsibili-
ty. What's next? MacDonald's in Brazil selling chicken skins? Imagine that
outrage. Mind you, software is duplicable, so it wouldn't have been hard
to provide something decent without a practicality penalty. I would urge
anyone in Brazil use Vista as an excuse to switch over friends and rela-
tives. Those who resist to change will need what you call an "excuse". On-
ly later will they understand (for themselves) that GNU/Linux is a better
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