You know what, Ive had about all I can take of Windows. Its not that I hate Windows, I like Windows, its that I hate the license agreement that comes with Windows.
In my work, I have been taking my laptop with me to jobsites to do testing on the various AV systems Im working on (it makes sense since most of the guys paying for these rooms want to be able to bring their laptops in and plug em up and have em work). Anyway, Ive noticed that I often find myself unable to log onto the various networks. I figured it must be either because theyre not publicly accessible or Im not running WindowsXP Pro on my laptop. Now, I cant do anything about the public accessibility of the networks, but I can fix the Windows issue.
You see, when WinXP first came out, I bought WinXP pro for my old IBM Aptiva, as WindowsME was very easily the worst operating system ever made. I never should have upgraded it from 98SE, but I digress. WinMe wouldnt run any networking that I wanted, and I had just gotten my laptop and I really really wanted to be able to keep a backup of my important stuff on my desktop computer. It was slow, but I had put a nice big hard drive in it and it was good for storing stuff. So, I have a perfectly legal copy of WindowsXP.
Naturally, I thought, Hey, I have a legally acquired copy of WindowsXP Pro at home, I wonder if I can just put that on my laptop??. Well, I looked at the EULA and what do you know, I cant. Not only that, but upon closer inspection, I cant have any more than 10 computers file/print sharing with my XPPro machine. What on earth is that about? They think that theyll sell more copies of WindowsServer? I have news for you, Microsoft, Im not in the server market.
And then theres the whole idiotic product activation scheme. They want to stop piracy? Thats all well and good, but how about instead of making everybody activate Windows to make it work, you charge for WindowsUpdates, or simply make unregistered versions ineligible for WindowsUpdates. All the security holes in Windows will eat them alive. I know that Microsoft has incorporated the crippleware for WindowsUpdate into XP service pack 1. Thats fine with me. What I hate is that they are requiring me to activate the stinking thing after theyve put a ton of restrictions on how I can use it and then want me to call them if I have to reinstall it? Never mind actually having to reinstall it, it will deactivate itself if I make significant hardware changes to my computer. Its too far.
Not only that, but Symantec has jumped on the activation bandwagon. My mom recently bought NIS 2004, and the thing immediately crashed on her (but not before it was activated, lousy piece of crap). I am most displeased with Symantec. Because of the product activation, it makes simply uninstalling it and reinstalling it a hassle.
So, to Windows, I fear you have left me no recourse but the one fingered salute.
Viva Linux and the GPL.