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The Register: How Microsoft drove me to Linux

Jan 22, 2002, 21:55 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas C. Greene)
"It was XP product activation that broke the camel's back. I'd put up with steadily deteriorating software and my steadily deteriorating control over it, all right; but the idea that I should have to buy a separate copy of their rubbish OS for each machine I have made me want to vomit.

I can understand MS cashing in on businesses that use their software to earn a profit. Fair enough. But to tell me that if I buy their software for my home I don't actually own it, and have to pay the Demigod Gates tithe for each installation, well, that's just going a bit too far.

It's the XP 'product activation' slavery agreement that drove me, finally, to Linux. And fortunately, a lot of the newer Linux distros now install nicely on any x86 machine. I've been able to install it successfully and then refer to the documentation to tweak it properly, just as I used to do with Microsoft's products before the cheap bastards shrank their documentation to a mere glossy advertisement brochure."

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