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[News] [Rival] Why Apple is No Better Than Microsoft (and 10 Reasons to Boycott Microsoft)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Why Apple is No Better Than Microsoft (and 10 Reasons to Boycott Microsoft)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 13:44:21 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Is Apple the New Microsoft?

,----[ Quote ]
| Don't look now, but the role of the industry's biggest bully is increasingly 
| played by Apple, not Microsoft.  


Ten reasons to boycott Microsoft and Celebrate Software Freedom Day

,----[ Gist ]
| 1.   The rape of the ISO standardization procedures
| 2.   Microsoft’s products are inferior when it comes to safety
| 3.   Microsoft makes people pay and pay again
| 4.   Microsoft is not into compatibility
| 5.   Microsoft is not competing in quality but in threats
| 6.   Microsoft is lazy
| 7.   Microsoft’s products phone home
| 8.   The limits of the user agreement (Eula)
| 9.   Microsoft is into aggressive marketing campaigns in developing countries
| 10.  There are great free alternatives to Windows
| [...]
| Migrating  to Linux is much easier than most people think and if you have any 
| problems there is a great community waiting for you to help out. 



Apple licenses UI tech as part of settlement

,----[ Quote ]
| Settling a patent dispute that was brewing in the District Court for 
| the Eastern District of Texas with respect to certain, unnamed 
| Apple products, Acacia Research has announced that Apple will 
| now license specific GUI technology from its IP Innovation 
| subsidiary. 


Apple failing to understand open source

,----[ Quote ]
| There is a cost for not being a good Open Source citizen and that
| cost is loss of goodwill in the community. That loss is more
| expensive in the long run than Apple realizes.


Browser wars: Mozilla exec calls Steve Jobs 'out-of-date'

,----[ Quote ]
| Mozilla won't go away just because Jobs wills it, said Lilly, and he was 
| irked at the Apple CEO's attitude. "Today's connected world is no longer 
| constrained by the monopolies and duopolies and cartels of yesterday's 
| [software] distribution," said Lilly. "The Web belongs to people, not 
| companies.    


Class action over carrier-locked iPhone 

,----[ Quote ]
| Apple is being sued by another iPhone customer, this time over the inability 
| to use the phone with carriers other than AT&T, and high international 
| roaming  charges. 


Why Apple Can't Stop iPhone Hackers

,----[ Quote ]
| So will Apple and AT&T's legal action deter hackers? Hardly. Individual users 
| are already allowed to unlock their own phones under an exemption to the 
| Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that the U.S. Copyright Office issued 
| last November.   


Apple Bullies Bloggers, Again

,----[ Quote ]
| Apple has a history of using lawyers against bloggers. There was
| the now infamous Think Secret lawsuit, which may have had merit.
| But they also engage in clearly superfluous, bullying tactics as well.
| [...]
| The offending download page is here (the software has now been 
| removed). Blogger Paul O?Brien simply linked to this download
| page and included a screenshot of the user interface and also
| received a cease & desist letter from Apple's lawyers.


How Apple orchestrated web attack on researchers

,----[ Quote ]
| Apple is a mega corporation that nearly smashed the reputation of
| two individuals with bogus claims of fraud. It didn't matter
| that they weren't the ones pulling the trigger because they
| were pulling all the strings.


EU takes aim at Apple over iTunes

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| Norway, a European country that is not in the EU, is battling Apple
| for the same reason. In January, it said the computer and software
| giant must liberalize its music download system by October 1 or
| face legal action.
| Pressure on Apple has been building, with consumer rights
| organizations from Germany, France, Finland and Norway recently
| agreeing a joint position in their battles against iTunes.


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