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BadVista.org: Time to jump

This article appeared in print in the December 2006 issue of the FSF Bulletin.

by John Sullivan posted at 2006-12-15 12:00 last modified 2007-02-26 15:32

As activists perhaps we imagine ourselves as marginally more self-aware versions of the famous frogs waiting for their soup to boil. We know the evaporation of freedom tends to approach at a slow, deliberate pace, and that those seeking its evaporation hope this recipe will maximize their efficiency while minimizing our objections.

But sometimes, the cooks get greedy. They crank up the temperature because they are late, their guests are waiting on them, and they need things to happen faster. At moments like this, we either jump out of the pot, or we cede a sizable portion of our livable space all at once. We are now facing such a moment with the release and possible adoption of Microsoft Vista, a moment where there could be a massive and sudden reduction in the freedom of computer users.

In March, Microsoft announced a $500 million business marketing campaign, calling it their “largest ever”. Much of this budget will be devoted to promoting Vista. By the time you read this, Vista will likely be shipping to large commercial outfits (though at the time of this writing we are still reluctant to underestimate their capacity for delay). It is scheduled to be available for imposition on individual users at the end of January 2007.

Already for the last several months, technical journalists have been reviewing the release candidate versions of Vista. The success of the free software movement and of campaigns against Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) like DefectiveByDesign.org can be seen in the priority these journalists have been giving in their reviews to criticisms of the new restrictions and limitations imposed by Microsoft.

To seize this moment, the Free Software Foundation has launched BadVista.org, a campaign with a twofold mission of interrogating Vista and spotlighting free software alternatives. The campaign will comprise the organization of supporters into effective and unusual direct actions protesting Microsoft's daylight theft of our freedoms, the aggregation of news stories critical of Vista, and the provision of a user-friendly gateway to free software adoption.

Microsoft Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall downgrade and regression. It is a ruse to compel the further transfer of control over peoples' computers to an external and mysterious certification authority with peculiar standards of “genuine”. It is a ploy to artificially motivate the purchase of expensive, unnecessary hardware.

With this campaign, we will ensure that each time reporters mention Vista, they will be comparing it not to Windows XP or Mac OS/X, but to gNewSense and other free software distributions. By making our criticisms from a place of freedom, we will ensure that comparisons focus on the ethical relationship between user and software — not only on which system has the better graphical transparency or the superior benchmark performance. Our aggregation of all the bad news about Vista will be a valuable resource available for anyone trying to write an honest assessment.

In the past, we have often found that the primary obstacle encountered when asking a friend, family member, or workplace to try a free software operating system is the effort required to change the operating system at all. But over the course of the next several months, this suggestion will look much more reasonable next to the alternative — a painful and complicated Vista downgrade.

In the same vein, it is sometimes difficult for computer users without much technical knowledge to relate concretely to the reasons we in the free software movement are so concerned with the ethics of software distribution. But from the reviews we've seen so far, it is apparent that through its overt shackling of users and its boldly invasive “security” mechanisms, Vista will make our case for us, compellingly.

You can help us expose Microsoft's business marketing campaign as the “largest ever” power grab that it is. Visit BadVista.org and join the ongoing conversation about best practices to promote free software during this critical rollout attempt. Create and participate in direct actions to keep freedom at the head of the Vista debate as it comes to a boil. The movement for free software is not merely a movement against Microsoft, of course. But let's make sure their $500 million soup turns out to be a feast for free software.

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Re:BadVista.org: Time to jump

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Re:BadVista.org: Time to jump

Posted by homan homan at 2008-03-27 14:14
I think my computers problems all some how are because of vista.I want to put xp on my computer but not sure if it can be done. It is sad my computer is 7 months old and i already have problems that are driving me crazy.

Re:BadVista.org: Time to jump

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Join the campaign and speak out for your freedom

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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.

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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

BadVista.org: FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista

by John Sullivan posted at 2006-12-15 15:51 last modified 2007-02-21 16:54 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.

Boston, MA—December 15, 2006—The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched BadVista.org, a campaign with a twofold mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by the new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free software alternatives that respect users' security and privacy rights.

“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”, said FSF program administrator John Sullivan.

The campaign will organize supporters into effective and unusual actions drawing attention to this daylight theft of computer users' rights, aggregate news stories cutting through the Vista marketing propaganda, and provide a user-friendly gateway to the adoption of free software operating systems like gNewSense (http://www.gnewsense.org) and Ututo (http://www.ututo.org).

Peter Brown, executive director of the FSF said, “Whilst Microsoft embarks upon its largest ever product launch, its marketing dollars will be spent in an effort to fool the media and user community about the goals of Vista. Our campaign will ask the important questions. Can you set yourself or your company free? Can you ever be free from Microsoft? As with our campaign against Digital Restrictions Management, we aim to demonstrate that technologists can be social activists, because we know the harm that Vista will cause”.

Among other harms, BadVista.org will focus on the danger posed by Treacherous Computing in Vista. Commonly called Trusted Computing in the industry, it is an attempt to turn computers from machines controlled by their user into machines that monitor their user and refuse to operate in ways that manufacturers don't authorize.

Supporters can sign up to receive more information and participate in the campaign at http://badvista.org.


The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software—particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants— and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software. Their Web site, located at www.fsf.org, is an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support their work can be made at http://donate.fsf.org. They are headquartered in Boston, MA, USA.

Press Contact: For more information about this announcement or to schedule an interview, please contact Peter Brown or John Sullivan at +1-617-542-5942 or <pr@fsf.org>.

(This story is on digg.)

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FSF launches campaign against Microsoft Vista

Posted by UNIX-WORLD NEWS at 2006-12-15 17:59
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched BadVista.org, a campaign with a twofold mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by the new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free software alternatives that respect users' security an

BadVista - Kampagne der FSF

Posted by F!XMBR at 2006-12-15 18:06
Boston, MA—December 15, 2006—The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today launched BadVista.org, a campaign with a twofold mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by the new Microsoft Windows Vista and promoting free software alterna...

Organización estadounidense declara la guerra a Microsoft Windows Vista

Voy a empezar contando una fábula, la de la mosca y el elefante. Había una mosca volando por todo el

FSF Launches "BadVista" Campaign

Posted by Donna's SecurityFlash at 2006-12-16 22:08
From Slashdot http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/16/2252240 : FrankNFurter writes to note the launch

Bad Vista

Posted by chorse's weblog at 2006-12-17 13:12
The Free Software Foundation has launched a capaign against Vista. You really should have a look. Freedom tastes of reality! ...

Die Badvista Kampagne

Posted by at 2006-12-18 07:53
Die Free Software Foundation hat unter der Domain Badvista.org eine Kampagne gegen Windows Vista gestartet. Die Kampagne verfolgt zwei Ziele: Erstens soll auf die Gefahr hingewiesen werden, die sich Benutzer von Windows Vista aussetzen und zweitens sollen kostenlose Software Alternativen, die die Privatsphaere und die Sicherheit des Benutzers respektieren, gefoerdert werden.

Informationen wie man die Badvista Kampagne unterstuetzen und sich aktiv beteiligen kann, sind ebenfalls auf der Website zu finden.

BadVista.org

Posted by Timmy's Blog at 2006-12-18 11:27
The Free Software Foundation luanched a new site: BadVista.org They want to promote free software alternatives that respect users’ security and privacy rights. To be honest, I don’t know what they are trying to accomplish with this campaign...

BadVista, la seconda Intifada

Posted by casperize at 2006-12-18 22:26
Doveva accadere, era solo questione di tempo. Il Profeta ha parlato, la fatwa contro il nascente demone Windows Vista partorito dall’Impero del Male con sede a Redmond è firmata, i muezzin stanno salendo ai minareti per attaccare la lagna e...

Organización estadounidense declara la guerra a Microsoft Windows Vista

Posted by Bloggers MSDN Latam at 2006-12-19 05:05
Voy a empezar contando una fábula, la de la mosca y el elefante. Había una mosca volando por todo el

BadVista.org, I proud of you?

Posted by Lorgor at 2006-12-19 15:02
John Sullivan, program administrator of The Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced the BadVista.org a campaign against Microsoft (Windows) Vista.  I am interesting on this (I don’t care on what they want to do with Microsoft). “Vista is an...

Vista - it's cool, but

Posted by OffBeatMammal at 2006-12-21 03:26
Because the service pack for SQL 2005 is now available ( for testing ) that lets it run under Vista I

You know Vista is&nbsp;Bad?

Posted by iTechnology at 2007-01-12 09:49
Free Software Foundation has launched a campaign (i.e BadVista) against Microsoft Vista which will be released for public in the next month (i.e January 2007). FSF has launched the campaign against Vista when they know Microsoft was trying to convince ...

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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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.

What a transition to Windows Vista might look like

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-01-19 16:16 last modified 2007-02-21 16:49 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.
Thanks to all of you who have sent in images for us to use in the campaign. Keep them coming! Here's a great one we received from Samuel Lourenço.
From this to this

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BadVista shirt

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-02-15 15:58 last modified 2007-02-21 16:45 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.

We are working on producing some t-shirts of our own, but in the meantime, an enterprising supporter has independently made a BadVista logo shirt available at cafepress.com.

Note that sales of this shirt do not fund the campaign, but wearing the logo does help.

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New BadVista shirts available!

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-04-05 17:53 last modified 2007-04-05 17:53

BadVista shirts are now available! Purchasing them helps support the campaign and the work of the Free Software Foundation. It's also a great way to get the BadVista message out to people who don't spend quite as much time on the Internets as some of us do.

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Mailing lists available on gmane.org

by John Sullivan posted at 2007-05-07 14:43 last modified 2007-05-07 14:43

You can now keep up with both of the campaign's mailing lists via gmane.org.

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About this blog
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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