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Pledge “boycottvista”

"I will not purchase any computing equipment from manufactures that recommend Windows Vista™ or any other Microsoft® products but only if 100,000 potential computer buyers around the world will do the same."

— Ottavio Caruso

Deadline to sign up by: 31st December 2008
165 people signed up, 99835 more were needed

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A computer with Microsoft® Windows Vista™ preinstalled is a locked computer, which will only run Microsoft-approved applications and media files.

Windows Vista™ is the ultimate vendor lock-in. You will spend tons of money but you will not be free to do what you want with it.

Avoid computers with Microsoft® Windows preinstalled; avoid buying from high-street retailers. If you have the skills, build the computer yourself.

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  • Allthough i lack final proof for the statement about the restrictions on the user, from experience and from what the producer makes possible with the integration of DRM in the Kernel, i can't support anyone who recommends this product to the less informed end user.
    That legitimates this promise for me.
    Stefan Nolde, 7 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • The Free Software Foundation (FSF) has
    launched BadVista.org, a campaign with a twofold mission of exposing the harms
    inflicted on computer users by the new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting
    free software alternatives that respect users' security and privacy rights.
    http://badvista.fsf.org/
    Ottavio Caruso, 7 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Vista suxx, my linux box is much better in all ways. Besides, all manufacturers which sell pc's in my region, sell it with preinstalled pirated version of windows :)
    Lester, 7 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Any piece of s...oftware produced by Microsoft is worse than it's previous version. Surely Vista will be last of Microsoft's OSes because nothing can be worse than it.
    bugmaker, 7 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection
    http://www.cs.auckland.ac.nz/~pgut001/pu...

    Key facts:
    - Disabling of Functionality
    - Decreased Playback Quality
    - Elimination of Open-source Hardware Support
    - Denial-of-Service via Driver Revocation
    - Decreased System Reliability
    - Increased Hardware Costs
    - Increased Cost due to Requirement to License Unnecessary Third-party IP
    - Unnecessary CPU Resource Consumption
    Ottavio Caruso, 7 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I refused Windworms XP in the
    past and refuse Vista now. YES.
    I prefer free and open source DOS'es.
    Yes, DOS IS a serious OS, while
    Vista is a crap.
  • They use windows at work as a networked system. I kid you not they must reboot the server weekly. At home I tried to reinstall XP it will not install several updates including a new version of explorer. This is the last straw, I killed XP and installed linux mint 2.0. No more DRM or other restrictions.
    William D. Whitfield, 7 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Community Linux has an interesting article on how to get a Windows refund.

    http://community.linux.com/print.pl?sid=...
    Ottavio Caruso, 7 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Actually, I would recommend dual booting as to removing Windows. The main reason is that Wine is not good enough yet. WHen it is, I will gladly uninstall Windows.
    qinjuehang, 6 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • GNU/Linux is the best Operating System in the world! Free, Fully customizable, Open and LIGHT!
  • I have installed a dual boot with Windows Vista and FreeBSD, installing FreeBSD, with XP this went without issue but after SP1 FreeBSD would work obviously but Windows Vista SP1 would just loop and not boot, I removed it and made my workstation a dedicated FreeBSD with VirtualPC and Linux for other things.
    Chris, 5 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Ottavio Caruso, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Andrzej Zaborowski
  • mereale maro
  • Stefan Nolde
  • TetSio[Nainn]
  • Петр
  • Kathryn V. Lalonde
  • BSDobermann
  • Паша Араюмс
  • Ivan M Makarenko
  • David Roberts
  • xyz
  • Dan Kruchinin
  • M. Konstantin (dixel)
  • ipse
  • Ilya "rumaxi" B.
  • Kolyan[ufalug]
  • Ilya aka XiL
  • Incred
  • Dmitri "S0ReX"
  • Voldemar Lazarev
  • Evgeniy (Amperandus)
  • Evil_And
  • bugmaker
  • Drisch
  • Ars
  • Alexey Mikhailov
  • Alexandr Dmitriev
  • LucidFox
  • Paul P. Komkoff Jr
  • RZguest
  • Vitaliy T.
  • skyfi
  • AlexB
  • Nicolas Vigier
  • Max Stotsky
  • Мамінов Антон
  • Cris
  • FlySnake
  • Dmitry Koptev
  • A15Y87
  • observer
  • unnamed (friend of karma)
  • schumen
  • Graber
  • Vazetdinov Igor
  • Anatoliy Okhotnikov
  • Roman Ulianenok
  • Sergey Zhilkin
  • Russell Coker
  • b0b3
  • Andrey Jernosek
  • Lester
  • Indiestory
  • C. Harris
  • Jason Carroll
  • Daniel Reimer
  • Bitterman
  • Damian Wojsław
  • Ramil Clarin
  • Adam Heczko
  • Aurélio A. Heckert
  • Serge Daniloff
  • Leandro Nunes dos Santos
  • xaos
  • Grazieno Pellegrino
  • xrs2000 (GNU Against Capitalism and Monopolies)
  • Valery Honig
  • Laura Kataja
  • WoolF
  • Osama Bin Laden
  • Tony Spinillo
  • Howl
  • Erik Edelmann
  • Etrans
  • Yuri Tsarev
  • Mykola Dzham
  • Dobrov Sergey
  • Stentor O'Hobb
  • Kendall Bailey
  • misterV
  • Selim13
  • Артём фарафонов
  • theD
  • KUlibiN
  • Genius
  • efim losev
  • Fernando Vezzosi
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  • Zerk
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  • Matt
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  • Onur Aslan
  • Maxym Dilay
  • HappySmileMan
  • Joseph
  • Matthew Correia
  • Michael Jolley
  • Monakhoff
  • enzo
  • Cameron Porter
  • Paul Stroud
  • James Rowe
  • Броневой Александр
  • Evan Jones
  • Forge
  • Eric
  • CrackMaster aka KoS
  • Nix
  • WillemV
  • Clemens Sauerzopf
  • JohnT
  • Stefan Steiniger
  • ralf tauscher
  • veronese claudio
  • Giacomo Lacava
  • Love all things Linux
  • Christophe PERNOD
  • Bernd Dupal
  • Heike
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  • Artificiere
  • Стельмах Павло
  • firewolk
  • Pavel Moltchanov
  • Peter Tworek
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  • Chris Pet
  • Павел Колчанов
  • Dmitry Dzhus
  • David Rowlinson
  • ebbeyes
  • Giuseppe Spagnolo
  • 12 people who did not want to give their names, 1 of whom has done the pledge

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