Why use a virtual machine? **RESOLVED**

Steven Vollom stevenvollom at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 2 17:47:02 GMT 2008


Eberhard Roloff wrote:
> Ignazio Palmisano wrote:
>   
>> Steven Vollom wrote:
>>     
>>> Eberhard Roloff wrote:
>>>       
>>>> Nils Kassube wrote:
>>>>   
>>>>         
>>>>> iodine at runbox.no wrote:
>>>>>     
>>>>>           
>>>>>> WGA is implemented in XP also. It can be a major annoyance.
>>>>>> But I reckon it's a big plus for Linux, which has no such restrictions.
>>>>>> So I'm glad MS is keeping it up ! :-D
>>>>>>       
>>>>>>             
>>>>> You can have something similar to WGA for Linux if you want:
>>>>> <http://www.linuxgenuineadvantage.org/>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Nils
>>>>>
>>>>>     
>>>>>           
>>>> Great!!!
>>>>
>>>> Thanks much!
>>>> Eberhard
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>   
>>>>         
>>> Dear Eberhard,
>>>
>>> When you have time only, but what is this email about.  I went to the 
>>> website that Nils included and read what was there, however, I am still 
>>> stumped.  Isn't kubuntu free?  Am I supposed to pay someone a license 
>>> fee?  Sorry to be so stupid, but I don't understand what Linux Genuine 
>>> Advantage is about.  I don't want to cheat anyone anymore, so please 
>>> explain.  (two exceptions, I have no conscience when it comes to 
>>> Microsoft and the Movie Industry)
>>>
>>> Steven
>>>
>>>       
>> The page is meant as a joke, I'd guess :)
>> I.
>>
>>
>>
>>     
> Dear Steven,
>
> great that you ask!
>
> You are absolutely correct. Kubuntu is free and you won't have to pay a 
> license fee, as long as you use the software that comes with your 
> Kubuntu DVD.
>
> Actually WGA (Windows Genuine Advantage) is famous and over time it grew 
> to be a synonym for "unfree software
> forcing it's users to pay"
>
> WGA became an abrevation for Microsofts way of doing business, which 
> might be legally ok, but from a OpenSource perspective, it might look to 
> be obscure.
>
> For a much more qualified description, see here:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Genuine_Advantage
>
> Moreover, at some time, microsoft had technical problems with WGA which 
> led to this:
> http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070124-8690.html
> (WGA falsely accuses millions)
>
> Now, Linux-WGA is just a great joke.
>
> It claims that Linux Users migrating from windows will miss the 
> Microsoft world in general and the WGA Trouble in particular.
>
> Now the latter is said to be cured by Linux WGA, so that your new Linux 
> OS will behave like you know it from your old MS-OS.
>
> Again, it's just a professionally made joke, but it really made my day 
> to read about it, outlining all the various facettes of WGA, and it's 
> never ending "WGA is testing your installation to be legally valid" way 
> of treating customers that paid good money for the OS and other software 
> from Redmond.
>
> Kind regards
> Eberhard
>
>
>   
You take too much time for me, my friend.  I have started trying to 
change over to Konqueror instead of Firefox.  I know it just takes a 
little getting used to to gain its advantages; I noticed one thing this 
morning that was interesting.  One click to add a bookmark; you lose 
some options, but  I think better anyway.

Have a great day,
Steven



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