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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

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  • Free as in... (Score:5, Informative)

    by Danzigism (881294) on Friday February 28, 2014 @11:02PM (#46373145)
    beer?
  • Re:Kinda funny (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28, 2014 @11:13PM (#46373215)

    I remember when Bill Gates said that if software were being pirated, he would prefer that it was HIS software being pirated. He wanted to hook them now, so that he could charge them later.

    I guess there aren't enough pirates being hooked, so now they have to give it away gratis.

    What exactly makes you think this is a different strategy?

  • Re:Ugly Stuff (Score:2, Informative)

    by Billly Gates (198444) on Friday February 28, 2014 @11:17PM (#46373227) Journal

    ... and Google is some sort of saint?

  • Re:Kinda funny (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 28, 2014 @11:42PM (#46373355)

    Er, no, he didn't go to law school. He went to Harvard without picking a major and then dropped out. While there he published a paper on some relatively well-known problem in combinatorics, I believe, which certainly seems to suggest that he was not taking a typical "pre-law" undergrad course-load, either.

  • Re:IE compatabilty (Score:3, Informative)

    by Billly Gates (198444) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @12:24AM (#46373579) Journal

    Guess I will have to hire someone else then.

    It is not like there are free VM's to use [modern.ie] nor are there free virtualizers available [virtualbox.org].

    To say no to the world's most popular browser and letting your customers give a leg up to the competition whose site works just fine for their customers is inexcusably. It is not like IE 9+ is not standards compliant or anything.

    I see many who claim NO IE EVER!!! .. also make websites that only work with -webkit CSS extensions and viewed best with Chrome, yet bash IE 6?!

  • Re:Kinda funny (Score:5, Informative)

    by Luckyo (1726890) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @12:57AM (#46373713)

    Strange how all those people pirating win 7 get their updates just fine according to the comment section of TPB on the most popular windows 7 torrent I just searched for to fact check this statement.

    Could be they're all lying and it's a grand conspiracy. I'm going to go with more likely scenario - that pirate crowd have long cracked the protection and are enjoying their DRM free stuff as usual while the rest of us have to live with it.

  • by Torin Darkflight (851576) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @01:07AM (#46373755)
    Indeed, and 8.1 IS free to existing users of Windows 8. But it definitely is too big to be considered a service pack, yet also not enough of an update to be considered a proper new version.

    One thing that bugs me about Windows 8.1 currently is that there is no legitimate way (to the best of my knowledge) to walk into a computer store and buy a DVD copy of Windows 8.1 (Only Windows 8), or even download the Win8.1 installer or an ISO and burn it to a DVD or flash drive for later use, it's only available though the "Microsoft Store" for immediate installation at the time of download. I fix computers as a side job. What if someone brings a computer that has been upgraded to Win8.1 to me and they need me to do a repair install of the OS? I can't do that without Win8.1 media of some sort, so my only option is a total reformat and reinstall of vanilla Win8, followed by a lengthy update process to Win8.1. There is no way as far as I am aware to slipstream Win8.1 into the ISO for Win8. Plus, there's no guarantee Win8.1 will remain a free update forever, so if Microsoft decides to yank that free update path, then PC techs like me and our customers would be screwed.
  • Re:Kinda funny (Score:5, Informative)

    by davester666 (731373) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @02:00AM (#46373957) Journal

    It's the sound that occurs when you hit a cheap aluminum frying pan with a wood spoon.

  • Re:Kinda funny (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 01, 2014 @05:14AM (#46374441)

    FUD

    Total and utter nonsene.

    Daz loader works perfectly fine WITH Windows Updates AND WGA verification.
    We routinely use it on systems that have valid license, but no direct internet connection because it is so much less hassle than the telephone activation system.

    And don't get me started on the stupidity of being allowed to downgrade Win8 to Win7, but there is no way to get a valid Win7 key for such systems.
    There we use a loader too.

  • Re:Kinda funny (Score:5, Informative)

    by Hamsterdan (815291) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @05:38AM (#46374507)

    Not true. They are ways to activate 7 in a permanent fashion (SLIC comes to mind), or other ways via searching for Windows Activator. And yes, a hacked win7 *will* auto update

  • Re:Nope (Score:4, Informative)

    by HuguesT (84078) on Saturday March 01, 2014 @08:07PM (#46378549)

    The advantages are several, here are a few I can think of (not that I practice them myself !)

    1- You can use your Windows installation in both a real and a virtual machine. Some VM engines allow you to run off a physical disk, like VMWare. If you dual-boot from Linux or OSX, sometime you want to use your windows installation to check out some software and you do not want to reboot and lose your current work. With the DRM version of Windows, you would need two licenses, even though you are never using both at the same time.

    2- You can change your hardware anyway you want. The DRM version will unregister itself if you change the CPU, the motherboard, too many disks, the graphics card, and whatnot. You have to re-register by telephone, which is a huge hassle and may stop working if you do it too often.

    3- You can carry over your installation of Windows to your new computer (same issue as #2, really).

    4- Why do you need as many licenses of Windows if you have say 3 computers but only ever use one at any given time ? Say one at work, one at your SO, and one at home, if you are self-employed?

    Basically Windows is behind the time. Linux is free and good, and OSX is becoming more and more gratis (not libre, unfortunately).

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