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[GNU/FSF Press] "": FSF launches campaign against Microsoft

From: John Sullivan
Subject: [GNU/FSF Press] "": FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 13:56:26 -0500
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Boston, MA -- December 15, 2006 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today
launched, 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.

"Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression
when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your
control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very
restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a
Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention
on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care",
said FSF program administrator John Sullivan.

The campaign will organize supporters into effective and unusual actions
drawing attention to this daylight theft of computer users' rights, aggregate
news stories cutting through the Vista marketing propaganda, and provide a
user-friendly gateway to the adoption of free software operating systems like
gNewSense (

Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF said, "Whilst Microsoft embarks upon
its largest ever product launch, its marketing dollars will be spent in an
effort to fool the media and user community about the goals of Vista. Our
campaign will ask the important questions. Can you set yourself or your company
free? Can you ever be free from Microsoft? As with our campaign against Digital
Restrictions Management, we aim to demonstrate that technologists can be social
activists, because we know the harm that Vista will cause".

Among other harms, will focus on the danger posed by Treacherous
Computing in Vista. Commonly called Trusted Computing in the industry, it is an
attempt to turn computers from machines controlled by their user into machines
that monitor their user and refuse to operate in ways that manufacturers don't

Supporters can sign up to receive more information and participate in the
campaign at

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting
computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer
programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom)
software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants --
and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread
awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of
software. Their Web site, located at, is an important source of
information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support their work can be made at They are headquartered in Boston, MA, USA.

Press Contact: For more information about this announcement or to schedule an
interview, please contact Peter Brown or John Sullivan at +1-617-542-5942 or

John Sullivan
Program Administrator        | Phone: (617)542-5942
51 Franklin Street, 5th Fl.  | Fax:   (617)542-2652     
Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA    | GPG:   AE8600B6

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