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by John Sullivan posted at 2006-12-15 12:06 last modified 2007-02-21 16:56 Copyright © 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

Welcome to BadVista.org, the Free Software Foundation campaign opposing Microsoft Vista adoption and spotlighting free software alternatives.

The official industry release day for Windows Vista was November 30. Vista will be released on users in January 2007 (or so the story goes).

With your help, we will:

  • Organize supporters into effective actions protesting Microsoft's daylight theft of our freedoms
  • Aggregate news stories cutting through MS Windows Vista marketing propaganda
  • Provide a user-friendly gateway to free software adoption

You can help the campaign and stay up-to-date by signing up for the BadVista mailing list. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to get involved, so there are two ways to do this.

The recommended way is to have an account at fsf.org. If you've already set one of those up, maybe by donating in the past as an associate member, or in order to leave comments on the GPLv3 drafts, then you can just go to your mailing settings and check the new box for the BadVista mailing list.

If you don't have an fsf.org account yet, then it's easy to set one up. We're using a single sign-on for everything we do now, so you'll only have to go through this once. It only takes a minute, and most of the information is optional (please just leave any fields you don't like blank instead of telling us your address is 123 asdf St.).

This is a blog, and we want it to be a conversation and a community—once you're registered, you'll be able to leave comments on posts here, and we hope you will. Test it out with a "Hello" at the bottom of this post if you want.

But if you're a wallflower or none of this appeals to you, or if you are a Microsoft employee and don't want us to know that you're keeping tabs on us, then feel free to use this form.

Welcome!

Re:Join the campaign and speak out for your freedom

Posted by bryansee bryansee at 2008-03-05 16:41
Hello! Salam!

I'd like to join the BadVista campaign and speak out for my precious software freedom, demanding that all Microsoft software (including Windows Vista and its successor) to be released under a license which respects the freedom and privacy of computer users.

Saya nak menyertai kempen BadVista dan mengucap untuk kebebasan perisian saya, semua perisian Microsoft (termasuklah Windows Vista dan penggantinya) mesti dikeluar di bawah lesen yang menghormati kebersendirian dan kebebasan pengguna komputer.

Re:Join the campaign and speak out for your freedom

Posted by search at 2008-04-07 11:23
I completely agree with all that here is told
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Re:Join the campaign and speak out for your freedom

Posted by olga123 at 2008-09-16 11:58
I completely agree with all that here is told
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La Free Software Foundation anuncia una campaña contra Microsoft Vista

Posted by meneame.net at 2006-12-15 14:10
Según la FSF la campaña tiene un doble objetivo: en primer lugar, advertir de los peligros que inflige a los usuarios el próximo Microsoft Windows Vista y, en segundo lugar, promover alternativas libres a los derechos de privacidad y seguridad de los usuarios.

La Free Software Foundation anuncia una campaña contra Microsoft Vista

Posted by Fresqui.com at 2006-12-15 15:43
Según la FSF la campaña tiene un doble objetivo: en primer lugar, advertir de los peligros que inflige a los usuarios el próximo Microsoft Windows Vista y, en segundo lugar, promover alternativas libres a los derechos de privacidad y seguridad de los u

5 ways to help the BadVista.org campaign

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-01-02 17:17 last modified 2007-02-21 16:52 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

Try a Google search for Windows Vista. You'll find us on the first page, only a few notches below the official Microsoft site.

That's a measure of the amount of attention we received after the December launch. But we're not seeking this attention for its own sake. We want the attention so we can make sure the world knows about the new restrictions and problems that lie beneath the Vista eye candy, and about the benefits of the superior free software alternatives.

We spent the holidays catching up on all the feedback and press we received after the launch. One of the most common questions heard was, “How can I get involved? How can I help?” Here's how:

  • Show your support for the campaign by creating an account at fsf.org and subscribing to the BadVista mailing list. If you also enter your geographic information, we'll be able to contact you about campaign actions in your area.
  • Suggest news stories. You can help BadVista.org be the most effective first-stop site on the web for Vista news by letting us know about stories we have missed. Send the links to <info@badvista.org>, or leave them in the comments here.
  • Get artistic. With the name Vista, we want this campaign to have a strong visual element. If you have GIMP/Inkscape skills, draw your own "vistas" (maybe taking the pile of discarded computers at the bottom of this page as an inspiration), or campaign logos and promotional materials. Send us the info on how to get the images from you at <info@badvista.org>. Right now we could especially use some web banners that people can post to advertise the campaign, and some smaller images to go along with the blog categories as they develop.
  • Send us a blog post. We already have plans to publish the work of many others from the free software community here. If you've written something that fits as a blog post with one or both parts of our mission statement, send it to us at <info@badvista.org>.
  • Send us translations of any of the material you see on the site. We have a framework ready to go for making multilingual content available.

The second most common request we received was for a prominent area on the site listing specifically the reasons people choose free software over Vista. The beginnings of our Vista FAQ will appear shortly. And we want to hear what you think about it—what reasons and examples should we be stressing?

Protected Media Path DRM

Posted by bryansee bryansee at 2008-01-29 10:45
The Protected Media Path is used to create a Protected Environment to enforce Digital Restrictions Management protections on content. It does not restrict people to do with their own software, but DRM prevents them from copying DRM content through process isolation and continued monitoring of what kernel-mode software is loaded. If an unverified component is detected, then Vista will stop playing DRM content, rather than risk having the content copied. When a trusted component in the Protected Environment is compromised, it is revoked, thereby turning the computer against its owner. This feature is perhaps an example of Microsoft's draconian adherence to DRM, and it is added to Vista to possibly prevent people from using rightfully owned media with their own. But, this feature only applies to a very small segment of media files, called the premium content. It is to be anticipated that in the near future all commercial media files will be classified as such.

My advice is that: avoid purchasing premium content for use on Vista.

Re:5 ways to help the BadVista.org campaign

Posted by katrina at 2008-03-04 11:30
[...] Vista will stop playing DRM content, rather than risk having the content copied. When a trusted component in the Protected Environment is compromised, it is revoked, thereby turning the computer against its owner [...]
General Discussion - Microsoft will stop selling XP on June 30th
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http://www.veromaxx.com/

Re:5 ways to help the BadVista.org campaign

Posted by bryansee bryansee at 2008-03-05 16:41
Here are the stories that you have missed:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9066658 - Language packs delay Vista Ultimate SP1 - ComputerWorld.com
http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/02/15/1536256&from=rss - Vista SP1 Update Locks Out Some Users

Alan Wake Is Vista Exclusive...On PC, That Is

Posted by bryansee at 2008-03-10 17:20
Yes, Alan Wake, Remedy's upcoming thriller, will not be exclusive to PCs, just exclusively on Windows Vista for PCs, meaning that anyone running XP or below will not be able to play it.

Re:5 ways to help the BadVista.org campaign

Posted by bryansee bryansee at 2008-03-12 11:57

Re:5 ways to help the BadVista.org campaign

Posted by comment at 2008-06-16 13:08
Güzel Sözler

We will waiting your other articles..

Re:5 ways to help the BadVista.org campaign

Posted by Guzel Sozler at 2008-09-02 18:01
need help about windows server 2008 ? which is better 2003 or 2008? thnx

Re:5 ways to help the BadVista.org campaign

Posted by msn adresleri at 2008-09-18 12:16
great article thanks.

Let Microsoft know they need to fix their search engine

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-01-03 16:55 last modified 2007-02-21 16:51 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

In a comment on the last post, mfoetsch pointed out that a search for BadVista-related terms using Microsoft's live.com engine was producing rather...unexpected results. Many posts and pages turn up that link to BadVista.org, but no results from badvista.org itself appear.

So I did a little testing. I checked the results at google.com, yahoo.com, ask.com, and live.com. You can see from the screenshots that there does seem to be a problem.

Is it deliberate? No way to know I suppose, though to their credit if you search for "badvista.fsf.org", you will get some (rather odd-looking) results. So perhaps this is some kind of technical problem with the interaction between their search bots and our site.

Either way, you should let them know about the omission. Leave a comment here to confirm you did it, so we can keep an informal count. Let's see how quickly we can get it fixed.


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Re:Let Microsoft know they need to fix their search engine

Posted by positron at 2006-12-15 12:28
I signaled http://badvista.fsf.org.

Tagging Vista at Amazon.com

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-01-23 15:25 last modified 2007-02-21 16:48 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

DefectiveByDesign.org successfully campaigned to add tags to DRM-laden products being sold via Amazon. You can now find over 775 crippled products tagged with “defectivebydesign”.

Unsurprisingly, the various versions of Windows Vista are already on that list. 14 people have gotten the ball rolling by tagging “Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium” with “defectivebydesign”.

How about we get some more up there? Take a minute to visit the page for each of the Vista versions and leave tags that express your opinion about the software, so that other potential users will have a chance to learn about the unadvertised Vista “features” that lock you out of your own computer.

Here's a list of Vista products to start.

Other than defectivebydesign, what other tags are appropriate? drm, nonfree, badvista, downgrade? If you come up with new ones, leave them in the comments here too.

And don't forget that there are also web forums on Amazon linked to from each tag and product that you can use to explain why you object to Vista or why you used a particular tag.

(Note that if you don't already have an Amazon account, you might not want one—there are serious privacy concerns about how Amazon collects data from users through their click stream and shopping habits.)


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Share your WOW moments with BadVista.org in NYC

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-01-25 14:40 last modified 2007-02-21 16:47 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

Join BadVista.org in New York City for two actions to coincide with the Microsoft Vista launch on Monday, January 29th at 12pm and 2pm. They will take place near Times Square and near Grand Central.

Let us know that you can make it by emailing info@badvista.org. Include your name, email address, and phone number, so we can keep you up-to-date—if you already have an FSF account with this info in it, then just let us know your username.

Be sure to forward this post to friends and bring them along.

If you can't make it to New York City, there will be other actions for you to take part in to show your support on January 29th and 30th. We'll be sending out more details, but if you already know you want in, send your name, city, email, and phone number (or your FSF user name) to info@badvista.org.

The Backstory

In an open letter to computer users, Bill Gates asked everyone to share their “wow moments”:

As we prepare to launch Windows Vista...I'd like to invite you to share your wow moments with us. While you explore this Web site to learn more about Windows Vista, please help us celebrate the dawn of a new era by taking a few moments to share some of the wow moments you've already experienced.

BadVista.org would like to take Mr. Gates up on his open invitation. But since the Web site Microsoft set up to collect the “wow moments” doesn't work with free software browsers, we decided to deliver our message in person.

Conveniently, Microsoft is hosting a two-part high-profile launch event near Grand Central and in Times Square in New York City on Monday, January 29th, featuring a keynote by Steve Ballmer. That's not too far away from us, so we thought we'd show up and share.

Turns out, they don't want to hear your “wow” moment unless you are important and have an invitation. We asked for one, but we were refused:

Dear Mr. Sullivan,

Thank you very much for your e-mail and for your interest in the Launch Celebration. Unfortunately, because of the limited capacity, additional invitations are not being offered.

So, we won't be inside the event. But we'll be there. We need you to be there to—and it's OK if you don't have an invitation. Come join us in sharing a “wow moment”: the realization that Vista imposes restrictions we simply won't accept on freedoms we value.

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A BadVista at Microsoft's New York launch parties

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-01-30 00:00 last modified 2007-02-21 16:46 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

A common theme between the Microsoft Vista launch events that took place in major cities yesterday was the willingness to leave their customers out in the cold. In Toronto, they built an ice house (!) and conducted interviews inside it. In New York's Times Square, they kept their guests, including Vista beta-testers and journalists, waiting outside for hours in the freezing cold before admitting them to the theater to be “wowed”.

But despite the cold and the attempts to corral us into a tiny roped-off “free speech zone” hidden between two tour buses, DefectiveByDesign and BadVista activists were able to effectively communicate our message to all of the invitees waiting outside and to the many passersby in both Times Square and at the earlier nearby luncheon.

We talked to people and distributed literature about the dangers of Vista, DRM, Treacherous Computing and proprietary software. We distributed hundreds of CDs with free software for people to take home and try as an alternative to Vista.

We had a lot of people approach us—including many of the Microsoft event staff—to ask, “What's this all about?”

We did also raise our voice to be heard, shouting, “The OW Starts Now!” to counter the blaring signs proclaiming Microsoft's slogan, “The WOW Starts Now!”

We may not have Lebron James, Shaun Alexander, or other such celebrity software experts on our side, but judging from the reception we received from this crowd, people—once they know the details—are very concerned with Microsoft's attempted hoodwink masquerading as an “upgrade”, and are very willing to listen to us plain unfamous people.

Thanks to Kevin, John, David, Jeff, and everyone who sacrificed the circulation in their extremities to capitalize on this opportunity to be heard.

You can see more photos at http://flickr.com/photos/tags/badvista.

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Tell Dell to sell free software systems

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-02-20 18:37 last modified 2007-02-21 13:14 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved.

Dell is soliciting your ideas for how they can improve their systems. This is a great way to let them know that you want hardware to be sold preinstalled with free software, or without any operating system on it at all so that you can set up your own non-Vista free software environment.

There is no reason you should be forced to pay a Microsoft Tax every time you buy a Dell computer.

You can go here to propose your idea and to vote for ideas you support. If you register an account with them, your vote counts for 10 anonymous votes.

Did you vote? Let us know in the comments here.

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Re:Tell Dell to sell free software systems

Posted by Alex Brola at 2007-12-10 18:27
Dell is doing a great job. Selling linux on their PCs and now they're going even further into it. Thank god someone has balls.

Re:Tell Dell to sell free software systems

Posted by andly at 2007-12-16 21:19
Voted. i have purchased recently a new pc.
The dealer want to sell me a pc with vista preinstalled. I have bought a pc without any os.

WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-03-01 18:29 last modified 2007-03-05 12:00 Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301, USA Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are permitted worldwide, without royalty, in any medium, provided this notice is preserved

It's no secret—anyone who wants to avoid supporting Vista is going to have a hard time buying a new computer. Most new computers come with Microsoft Windows preinstalled, and already it is difficult to find a machine not carrying Vista around on its back.

Many of you helped bring this concern to Dell by voting at their new feedback site. You said you wanted an option to buy a machine without Microsoft Windows preinstalled, or with a free software operating system.

The Free Software Foundation published a paper today entitled, “The road to hardware free from restrictions” calling on major hardware vendors to recognize that they can have a mutually beneficial relationship with the free software community, and outlining the areas vendors should act in to make that a reality.

The paper is being sent by the FSF directly to the biggest manufacturers, but it's vital that users and consumers also communicate this message. It's nonsensical that people have to pay a premium on hardware to cover the cost of Microsoft Windows when they are just going to format the hard drive and install GNU/Linux as soon as they get the machine home.

You can start by giving the paper a digg.

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Re:WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by comment at 2008-06-16 13:09
Güzel Sözler

We don't like Vista forever GNU (;

Re:WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by filmizle at 2008-09-02 18:00
xp is much better than vista. certainly faster

Re:WANTED: One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by filmizle at 2008-09-02 18:00
xp is much better than vista. certainly faster

One computer, free software friendly, no Vista

Posted by Open Source Toolbox at 2007-03-02 04:34
Following lessons learned from Dell's experience with IdeaStorm (and maybe somewhat of a fiasco), the Free Software Foundation (FSF) published a paper, “The road to hardware free from restrictions” calling on major hardware vendors to recognize t...
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The BadVista campaign, started in December 2006, advocated for the freedom of computer users, opposing adoption of Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free (as in freedom) software alternatives. It declared victory in January 2009, with supporters moving on to do the same work against Windows 7.

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