Thursday, January 27, 2005

Microsoft to protect Windows against piracy

This is relevant to the BSA story that we are having a discussion about. BBC has a story on how Microsoft is planning to restrict security updates to only licensed copies of Windows. CNN also carried the same story mentioning that users will have to prove that their copy of Windows is genuine before they can download security updates.

This would mean that if you have a Rs. 40 pirated copy of Windows, you will not be able to get any security updates for it -- and that will make your computer more vulnerable to attacks.

So will someone be able to come up with a Rs. 40 solution to that?

5 comments:

KO said...

Use Linux. It's free. You could always buy WinXP for 300 dollars...

SQ said...

But Linux has eons to go before it can catch up to where Windows is today. And that is why people don't use it.

Unless the average computer-user (who doesn't even know what an IP address is) is able to install and use Linux without any hiccups, it won't catch on.

atrophying said...

The only viable option does seem to be Linux - especially since it doesn't look like there will be a solution worth Rs.40 - of course, I might be wrong, and there could be a group of highly intelligent monkeys working away on solving this issue in a top secret laboratory, hidden somewhere in the smog that envelopes Karachi.

AllahBaba said...

"Linux is only free if your time is worthless" ;-)

http://www.linuxsucks.org/read.html?postid=8345&replies=39&page=1

Anonymous said...

Buy the pirated copy of security updates in Rs.40