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.