View Full Version : Windows Vista "Crippleware"

10-06-2006, 09:30 PM
From the NYT:

SEATTLE, Oct. 4 (AP) — In its forthcoming Windows Vista product, Microsoft (http://www.nytimes.com/redirect/marketwatch/redirect.ctx?MW=http://custom.marketwatch.com/custom/nyt-com/html-companyprofile.asp&symb=MSFT) will take much harsher steps to curtail piracy than in previous versions of its operating system, including crippling the usefulness of computers found to be running unlicensed copies of the new software.
Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, said Wednesday that people running a version of Windows Vista that it thought was pirated would initially be denied access to some Vista features. That includes Windows Aero, an improved graphics technology.
If a legitimate copy is not purchased within 30 days, the system will curtail functionality much further by restricting users to just the Web browser for an hour at a time, said Thomas Lindeman, Microsoft senior product manager.
In that situation, a person could use the browser to surf the Web, gain access to documents on the hard drive or log onto Web-based e-mail. But the user would not be able to open documents directly from the computer desktop or run other programs like Outlook e-mail software, Mr. Lindeman said.
Microsoft said that it would not stop a computer running pirated Vista software from working completely and that it would continue to deliver critical security updates.
The company said it had added more sophisticated technology for monitoring whether a system is pirated.
Microsoft plans to take similar tough measures with the forthcoming version of its Windows server software, called Longhorn, and to incorporate it into other products.

10-06-2006, 10:40 PM
All the more reason not to install it, it's just another Microsoft hacker honeypot product anyway.

10-07-2006, 12:42 AM
First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Finally they fight with you
And then you win.

Slackware just released 11.0, SimplyMEPIS just released 6.0?, Slax just updated, Knoppix, ... I can't keep up. http://distrowatch.com/

Joe (SoCal)
10-07-2006, 03:33 AM

10-07-2006, 03:50 AM
MAC isn't thinking differently, linux is thinking differently :D

10-07-2006, 09:21 AM
The problem here is not so much that they want to stop people from using pirated software, I have no problem with that. The problem will come down to, I can see this coming, is that it will cripple computers that Microsoft thinks is running a pirated copy, authentication will could be a huge headache. A headache that buyers of Vista will be paying for.