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Originally posted by autowrench
And what I do is my own business, I am all about the take down of the Military Industrial Complex and the Corporate Banking Cartel, in any, and every way that I can. I am surprised that so many of you actually support this corporate rule. We are supposed to "Deny Ignorance." Use free software, break the back of Microsoft!
Originally posted by ANNED
It is written in Unix and there are likely at least 500.000 people that can open the source codes and read everything in the programs.
All (or mostly all) of Windows source code is secret, as the code for most software made by any company.
With M$ most of the source codes are hidden and even most experts can not read a M$ distro line for line to find and remove all the tricks M$ has hidden in there distros.
No need for that, the code just needs to "see" if it was registered with a valid key, and Windows stops working if it's not. Software piracy is a crime in most countries.
many of these tricks report back to M$ anytime someone tries to use a pirate copy.
From what I have seen that's mostly because of the software the laptop makers include in their installations, in the company where I work all laptops have Windows installed (XP, Vista or 7) and they work without a problem for years.
Something i have noticed with laptops with M$ distros on them is that they die at ether 3 months 6 months or 1 year and have to have M$ reloaded on them.
They come with a recovery partition instead of a disk, and several makers include a program to burn a recovery DVD.
because most don't come with a disk to do a clean reload may people BUY a copy to use to reload.
That never happened with any of the previous versions, and I doubt it will happen. Even without support, a legal, old version of Windows must be keep on working, so they would risk being sued by millions of users all around the world.
I also believe that just after M$ ends support for XP on April 8, 2014, that a lot of XP computers will start crashing from sabotage by M$.
I still have Windows 2000 in one of my computers, with no problems.
I have three spare K7S5A motherboards with CPUs so i should be able to run my computer for years on XP unless M$ does something dirty.