Thank you Scott Granneman…

…for saying what quite a few of us long time power users of Microsoft Windows are feeling about what Microsoft is ‘shoveling’ our way in Vista!

In Scott’s last Security Focus article entitled, Surprises Inside Microsoft Vista’s EULA, he lays it all out, and brings it all together in the last paragraph of the article with the following:

If you thought that the legal troubles the company faced in the late 90s would perhaps mellow it out, you were wrong. Far from it. The draconian limitations I’ve discussed could only be enacted by a monopoly unafraid of alienating its users, as it feels they have no other alternative. Microsoft may yet learn, however, that there are limits to what its users will bear. To paraphrase what my fifth-grade teacher often told his rambunctious class, “Beware the wrath of a patient user base.” Security pros have already given Microsoft a deserved black eye over the never-ending string of gaffes and vulnerabilities streaming out of the company. It seems now as though another black eyes and a bloody nose may be coming, along with a final wave goodbye. There comes a point at which corporate hubris causes a fall, and we may be seeing the beginning of that collapse. If so, Microsoft will have no one but itself to blame.

I have always enjoyed all of Scott’s articles, but this one really hit home. This article is a must read for anyone who is a Windows user, particularly one who is considering buying a new computer soon.

I am one of the users who has actually moved over to Linux (on one computer) and back to Windows 2000 (on the other, actually dual boot with Linux on that one) for the things I still need Windows for. I gave away my Windows XP Pro because of the WGA fiasco. And I will NEVER use Vista on my own computers.

Now. Why isn’t the government taking care of this “problem?!” This for once, is clearly in their arena.

If you don’t know who Scott Granneman is, he teaches at Washington University in St. Louis, consults for WebSanity, and writes for SecurityFocus and Linux Magazine. His latest book, Hacking Knoppix, is currently in stores.

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