FSF starts campaign to enlighten computer users against Microsoft's Vista OS

December 16, 2006
When a multi-billion dollar company famed for their extreme stand for all proprietary software is on the verge of releasing their much touted next generation OS named Vista, what does Free Software Foundation which shuns all things proprietary do ? That is right, they start a campaign trying to enlighten the computer users about the pitfalls of buying Vista and also introduce them to the Free alternatives that one can have in place of Microsoft's offer.

FSF has launched a new site named badvista.org which will focus on the danger posed by Treacherous Computing in Vista.

John Sullivan, the FSF program administrator has aptly put it as thus :
Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care.
FSF invites all Freedom loving computer users to participate in the campaign at Badvista.org.


  • I wish the FSF would campaign instead for things that actually need promotion like Xiph.Org's media formats (Ogg, FLAC, etc.) Proprietary stuff like MP3 and MPEG 4 is becoming so common place in everyone's life that soon there won't be a escape. The way we watch media is too important to ignore.