Vista Not Spurring Computer Sales
“The release of Microsoft Windows Vista operating system at the end of January has, so far, failed to stimulate the market in the way many hoped,” Gartner analyst George Shiffler said in a statement. “Our market data suggest Vista has had very limited impact on PC demand or replacement activity.”
In what I'm sure is just a coincidence, the Windows Genuine Disadvantage (WGA) license-checking snoopware recently became mandatory. Even on WinXP computers that had been blocked from installing that "update", it is now installing. It surely can not be a way to force WinXP users to switch to WinVista. I am sure no one in Redmond has thought of that.
But I have serious questions about this WGA snoopware. Is the Dept. of Defense excluded from this? Or is the nation's safety in the hands of a group of power-obsessed and money-obsessed managers in the Northwest? Why hasn't anyone else mentioned this? False verification failures were common last year. Has WGA become more accurate since then? Perhaps our government needs to adopt FLOSS instead of putting public safety at risk because of someone's greed and power-lust. If I may make a recommendation, Ubuntu Linux or Linux Mint are wonderful desktops. Xandros is said to be pretty compliant with Active Directory. Ubuntu Studio is enhanced for multimedia creation and would be a great addition to the PR branch.
Many users of computers where this update had previously been blocked report seeing the gold shield saying that important updates were ready to be installed, including WGA. Others reported that they went to the updates site and had to install it in order to get any other updates.
Can mandating OGA for MS Office 2000/XP/2002/2003 users be far behind? Will users soon find themselves forced to use Not-so-open XML for their documents? No one outside of Redmond knows for sure.
You can also read the original Information Week article.