Why I Want to Switch to Linux
I’m a Wannabe Geek
Of course I want to run
We Did It Before
Long ago, when we only had one pooter between us, we ran
Using Cross-Platform Software Anyway
Much of the software I’m using these days is cross-platform. I use
My text editor of choice at the moment is
Although I’ve still got a fair bit of my ‘
Letting Sam Play with the Tablet
My main computer is a
Microsoft’s Latest ‘Critical Security Update’
We do actually have enough Windows licenses for the machines we’re using here, but the copy that’s installed on Zippy (Sam’s desktop machine) isn’t really a legit copy. It’s a corporate edition with a generated key, and it doesn’t pass the ‘Genuine Advantage’ test. That’s not really been a problem for us before now.
A couple of days ago, though, it picked up a Windows Update, that ran a ‘Genuine Advantage’ check, and started adding delays to login, notices on the login screen, and little ‘nag’ bubbles whilst you’re working on it.
OK, so we got around it fairly quickly by deleting the update (took a bit of doing, they really don’t want you to delete it), but it’s kind of annoying, and it’s likely that it will stop being ‘optional’ soon.
I quite understand why Microsoft want to protect their software, and why they want to make sure they get paid for each copy of Windows that’s in use. I really don’t object to that. What I do object to is that they set up the automatic updates process some time back, and got people to trust it, by promising to only use it for critical updates. Nothing but critical security updates would apply themselves through Windows Update. Once a large enough number of us started to trust them on this, they push something through that’s nothing to do with security at all. It’s there to protect their profits.
Again, I don’t mind them wanting to protect their profits, though making me go through more tests and checks does put me off using any software. I mind the fact that they’ve done this so dishonestly.
I’ve since been offered another full retail copy of Windows XP, unopened, by a friend who had one spare, but I’d rather deal with an organisation that won’t treat me that way.
I’ll write a bit more about what I plan to do in order to switch in another post. With luck, though, it will all happen quite soon. It may not last again – if there’s problems I can’t solve in Linux, I’ll return to Windows again, but I’m going to give it another go. I wonder how many other people have just been nudged over the edge by Microsoft.