Too Late, Dumbasses

Via Frank Ney, who notes, “This should make up for all the legitimate OEM and CD/DVD installs that Micro$oft declared illegitimate. More than half the installs declared “piracy” are due to plain incompetence on the part of M$.“:

Windows 10 will be free for software pirates
Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users this summer, but Microsoft is also extending its offer to software pirates. “We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” says Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Windows chief, in an interview with Reuters.

This is a desperation grab at retaining legitimate users who MicroCeph has incorrectly labeled “pirates.”

Too late. When they did that to one of my machines, I wiped the drive and installed Linux Mint. Ran better on that old machine than Win. Liked it so much that I wiped my main work computer’s drive and installed Linux on that one, too. It also runs better: less of a resource pig, more stable, faster, and with Wine it runs the two Win apps I still need for work.

And it’s free for everyone.

Heck, I found Mint to be an easier install than the last few Win installs-from-scratch, which used to be my gripe about Linux distros (in the past, Linux was the automotive equivalent of needing to be a Goodwrench-certified mechanic with a professional garage full of Snap-On tools just to drive down to the convenience store for a six-pack).

Confession: I do have one machine still running WinXP SP3. That’s primarily intended for an older, completely nontechnical user who gets baffled if desktop icons aren’t where he thought they were.


One thought on “Too Late, Dumbasses

  1. wdg3rd March 19, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    Funny, more than 20 years ago, I found installing SLS Linux from floppies to be easier and faster than Windows 3.1. Aside from a few hardware issues. Most people get the idea that Windows is easy to install because they never installed it themselves and think firing up and registering a new machine counts as installing.


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