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The Free Software Foundation Calls on Users to “Reject Windows 10”



/ 1 year ago

Windows 10 privacy

One of the best things about Windows 10 is that it’s available for free to Windows 7 and 8.1 users. You’d think that an organisation called the Free Software Foundation would appreciate that fact, right? Well, no. The FSF has issued a harshly-worded statement, imploring users to eschew Microsoft’s new operating system for its lax approach to privacy, its closed-source construction, and its use of free upgraders as glorified beta testers.

“The Free Software Foundation urges everyone to reject Windows 10 and join us in the world of free software,” its statement opens. It then goes on to attack the operating system, and its creator Microsoft, for using “draconian laws to prevent anyone from popping the hood on Windows”.

Users should steer clear of Windows 10, though, mainly due to its flagrant abuse of user privacy, according to FSF:

“Because it is fundamentally insecure and scoffs at privacy, Windows is an open window onto you. Because it locks users and independent experts out of the development process, it is also a locked door to your computer, and only Microsoft has the key. If you are considering replacing your operating system with Windows 10, we hope you switch to GNU/Linux instead.”

The FSF statement waxes lyrical about GNU/Linux for being free, open-source, and its democratic community, saying:

“By contrast, free software like the GNU/Linux operating system is developed by professional and volunteer communities working transparently, freely sharing their work with each other and the world. Users have meaningful influence over the software development process and complete choice over what code they run. This means the software usually treats them with respect. Even if a free software developer took a page from Microsoft’s book and began abusing its users, it would have no way to keep them locked in — when this happens, independent experts copy the source code, remove the offending bits and help people switch to the user-respecting version.”

Have you upgraded to Windows 10? If not, is it due to privacy issues? What advantages to GNU/Linux users have over Windows users?

Thank you Free Software Foundation for providing us with this information.


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  • Wesley Avrett

    Well now, that’s not entirely true. If you know what you’re doing, you can make ANY OS your personal bitch. You only need to know where the functions are. Besides which, you should always, ALWAYS have your strongest internet condom at the ready. I use Bitdefender Total Security 2015. People who are absurdly paranoid about their online protection, should always have layers of protection. The bias nature of FSF is obviously run by people who were shocked at a first glance, rather than getting deep under the hood. However, I have yet to see if it will break any of my video games. Only windows has the key? Please, you can get a physical copy with the key in hand. To say that only Microsoft has the key is silly. Your privacy is your own, if you take the initiative to make it so.

    • Eoin Mc Namara

      Pretty much this: I do have to agree with FSF on the weird privacy issues in Windows 10 (I mean, monitoring the words I type?) But because users have the option to turn this off the FSF seem to be more worried about those who would give their privacy away anyway, by answering bogus emails, not having anti-mal/spyware etc.

      Windows 10 is also encorperating a lot of security fixes that were evident on 7 and 8, so…FSF butthurt?

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  • Wesley Avrett

    Well now, that’s not entirely true. If you know what you’re doing, you can make ANY OS your personal bitch. You only need to know where the functions are. Besides which, you should always, ALWAYS have your strongest internet condom at the ready. I use Bitdefender Total Security 2015. People who are absurdly paranoid about their online protection, should always have layers of protection. The bias nature of FSF is obviously run by people who were shocked at a first glance, rather than getting deep under the hood. However, I have yet to see if it will break any of my video games. Only windows has the key? Please, you can get a physical copy with the key in hand. To say that only Microsoft has the key is silly. Your privacy is your own, if you take the initiative to make it so.

  • Wesley Avrett

    Well now, that’s not entirely true. If you know what you’re doing, you can make ANY OS your personal bitch. You only need to know where the functions are. Besides which, you should always, ALWAYS have your strongest internet condom at the ready. I use Bitdefender Total Security 2015. People who are absurdly paranoid about their online protection, should always have layers of protection. The bias nature of FSF is obviously run by people who were shocked at a first glance, rather than getting deep under the hood. However, I have yet to see if it will break any of my video games. Only windows has the key? Please, you can get a physical copy with the key in hand. To say that only Microsoft has the key is silly. Your privacy is your own, if you take the initiative to make it so.

  • Wesley Avrett

    Well now, that’s not entirely true. If you know what you’re doing, you can make ANY OS your personal bitch. You only need to know where the functions are. Besides which, you should always, ALWAYS have your strongest internet condom at the ready. I use Bitdefender Total Security 2015. People who are absurdly paranoid about their online protection, should always have layers of protection. The bias nature of FSF is obviously run by people who were shocked at a first glance, rather than getting deep under the hood. However, I have yet to see if it will break any of my video games. Only windows has the key? Please, you can get a physical copy with the key in hand. To say that only Microsoft has the key is silly. Your privacy is your own, if you take the initiative to make it so.

  • Danpapua

    LOL did you know that Windows defender is the best free Anti-virus. Oh and by the way did you even know it beats out Kapersky and Norton for Virus and malware detection. FSF needs to actually do their research before making statments. Oh and bonus’ to Linux is like none because the OpenGL support sucks, the base versions of Linux have to be secured by the user or you are open to everything, and the list could go on.

  • Jeff Ward

    Using upgraders as beta testers? What? No, that would be people like me who are using Insider Program builds.

    • Louie Hill

      Pretty much, I mean that was the deal, we test it and we get it for free, at least for insiders. Even then, my Desktop has insider, laptop has launch version, seems fine to me. That’s not to discredit the people who have been having issues, but no OS launches without bugs, and describing the retail version as a Beta is totally blowing the issue out of proportion. Unless of course, your only point of reference is demo versions of games being touted as “betas”.

    • Louie Hill

      Pretty much, I mean that was the deal, we test it and we get it for free, at least for insiders. Even then, my Desktop has insider, laptop has launch version, seems fine to me. That’s not to discredit the people who have been having issues, but no OS launches without bugs, and describing the retail version as a Beta is totally blowing the issue out of proportion. Unless of course, your only point of reference is demo versions of games being touted as “betas”.

    • Louie Hill

      Pretty much, I mean that was the deal, we test it and we get it for free, at least for insiders. Even then, my Desktop has insider, laptop has launch version, seems fine to me. That’s not to discredit the people who have been having issues, but no OS launches without bugs, and describing the retail version as a Beta is totally blowing the issue out of proportion. Unless of course, your only point of reference is demo versions of games being touted as “betas”.

    • Louie Hill

      Pretty much, I mean that was the deal, we test it and we get it for free, at least for insiders. Even then, my Desktop has insider, laptop has launch version, seems fine to me. That’s not to discredit the people who have been having issues, but no OS launches without bugs, and describing the retail version as a Beta is totally blowing the issue out of proportion. Unless of course, your only point of reference is demo versions of games being touted as “betas”.