Free Software Foundation Launches BadVista

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-12-18

The Web sites name tells it all., a Web site run by the Free Software Foundation, is devoted to the mission of exposing the harms inflicted on computer users by Microsofts Windows Vista operating system and promoting free software alternatives that respect users security and privacy rights., launched by the FSF Dec. 18, is a blog that expresses both the FSFs opinions and links to Vista-related selected news stories and reviews.

According to John Sullivan, the FSFs program administrator, "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. Well be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them and why people should care."

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