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What not so with Microsoft Windows Vista?

the New Windows Vista operating system from Microsoft - a huge step backwards for your freedom.

Usually, the new software gives the chance to do more by means of the computer. Vista, in turn, intends to limit your opportunities.

Vista imposes the new forms `` Digital Rights Management (DRM) Management of the Digital Rights ``. To call DRM more precisely Management of Digital Restrictions (Digital Restrictions Management) because it is technology which Media are giants and the computer companies try to impose to all of us to have control over how our computers are used.

The expert in the sphere of technological safety Bruce Shneyer (Bruce Schneier) explains it most expressively:

Windows Vista includes an array of ``features`` that you do not want. These features will make your computer less reliable and less secure. They`ll make your computer less stable and run slower. They will cause technical support problems. They may even require you to upgrade some of your peripheral hardware and existing software. And these features will not do anything useful. In fact, they`re working against you. They`re digital rights management (DRM) features built into Vista at the behest of the entertainment industry - And you do not get to refuse them.

Windows Vista contains the mass of ``features`` which are not necessary to you. These features do your computer less reliable and less protected. They will force your computer to work less steadily and more slowly. It will cause problems with technical support. They can even demand modernization of some of your peripheral devices and the software which you used before. And these features will not do something useful. As a matter of fact, they work against you. They nazvatsya by features of management of the digital rights (DRM) which are built in Vista on a show business order - - - And you cannot refuse them.

DRM gives the power of Microsoft and Media - to giants

- They solve what programs you can or cannot use on your

computer They solve what functions of your computer or the software you can use

- They force you to install new programs even if you do not want it (and, certainly, to pay for this privilege)

- They limit to you access to certain programs and even to your own files with these

of DRM is forcibly provided with technological barriers. You try to make something, and your computer says to you that you are not able to do it. In order that it effectively worked, your computer has to watch what you do constantly. Such continuous shadowing uses computing resources of the computer, and it is one of the main reasons for which Microsoft says that you need to buy new, more productive equipment to work with Vista. They want that you bought the new equipment not because you need it but because your computer has to be more powerful for effective restriction of your actions.

Microsoft and other computer companies these sometimes call restriction ``The calculations based on trust (Trusted Computing)``. Considering that they intend in order that the computer ceased to trust you and began to trust Microsoft, these restrictions to call ``The calculations based on deception (Treacherous)`` more podkhodyashche.

Even when you lawfully buy Vista, it does not belong to you.

Windows Vista, also as well as the previous versions of Windows, is the proprietary software: it is leased to you on the terms of the license which is rigidly limiting your rights of the user and also without source code therefore nobody except Microsoft can change the program and even to find out what it does actually.

Microsoft speaks about it better in total than

of The software is licensed, not sold. This agreement only gives you some rights to use the software. Microsoft reserves all other rights. Unless applicable law gives you more rights despite this limitation, you may use the software only as expressly permitted in this agreement. In doing so, you must comply with any technical limitations in the software that only allow you to use it in certain ways.

This program is licensed, but not sold. This agreement grants to you only some rights to use the program. Microsoft reserves all remained rights. Except cases when the applied precept of law grants to you more rights despite this restriction, you can use the program just as it is allowed to you in this agreement. Thus, you have to submit to technical restrictions in the program which allow you to use only it in the certain ways.

Even more the fact that different Vista versions have various license restrictions confuses. You can read all these licenses to the address

of Microsoft. com/about/legal/useterms/default. aspx.

Painfully to read these licenses therefore people often do not protest against them. But if we do not begin to protest, we will lose significant freedoms. There are several ridiculous restrictions which you will find reading:

- If your copy of Vista arrived together with purchase of the computer, this copy of Vista can be used lawfully only by this car, eternally.

- If you bought Vista in retail shop and installed it on the car which you already possessed, you have to remove completely it from this car before you are able to install it on other car.

- you grant Microsoft the right, through the Windows Defender program, to delete programs which will be recognized by it programs - spies from your system.

- you agree to the fact that Microsoft will spy on you, through the Windows Genuine Advantage system. This system tries to identify copying cases which Microsoft considers illegal. Unfortunately, recent researches showed that this system was already mistaken more than in 500000 cases.

The free software, it as GNU/Linux does not demand from you to agree to such absurd conditions of licensing. It is called free because you are free to make some copies and to share them with any number of friends. Nobody will monitor your actions and to call unfairly the thief.

What you can make to help to protect your freedom

there is a battle between those who appreciate freedom, and corporations, such as Microsoft which want to earn from depriving us this of freedom. DRM and absurd licenses are in heart of this battle. Please, join us on the party of freedom, having said no not only to Windows Vista and other products containing DRM, but also to all proprietary programs. Use, not containing DRM, free programs, such as the GNU/Linux operating system. You can solve your problems being confident that your rights and freedoms will not be limited now and in the future.

While the increasing part of our life becomes digital, it is vital to protect our digital freedoms also as we worked on protecting our freedom of press and words.