July 8, 2002

Palladium consumer oppression scheme

proclus writes: "Here is the round up on Microsoft's latest world domination plan.

  • ZDNet:


MS: Why we can't trust your 'trustworthy' OS

The Register:
MS to eradicate GPL

Washington Post:
Microsoft Wants Security Hard-Wired in Your Computer

Slashdot:
MS Palladium patent

Read the
Palladium FAQ

Microsoft's notions of "security" and "trust" are obviously one-sided, and
such a system would certainly be used to squash fair use and first sale rights.
Moreover, mono-culture is bad policy for computer security; Damages will
be widespread when the system is inevitably compromised.
The internet is our public common, but in this scheme Microsoft would be the
sole gatekeeper. Free software can protect you from such outrages, because the
source code is anchored to the common for all to see. Use free software
instead of Microsoft products.

  • GNU-Darwin free software recommendations
  • Web browser:


Dillo

Word Processor:
AbiWord

Spreadsheet:
Gnumeric

Email app:
Postilion

Graphics editor:
The Gimp

Presentation SW:
ImageMagick

Personal encryption:
GnuPG

Web Services:
DotGNU

All of this software is available for Apple computers and Intel PCs,
from The GNU-Darwin Distribution

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