Bob Schwier on Sun, 7 Sep 2003 21:57:06 -0400

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Re: [PLUG] Microsoft Run High School?

They have already done just that.  At the school I was at last year,
the woman who actually maintained the computers left in tears because
of the tyranny of the woman who was in charge of the computers.
I ran against her when I tried to do a Linux install on a machine that
had a trashed Win95 and legal way to repair it.
The install went smoothly until I had to ask for the necessary information
to connect this machine to their net.  She accused me of having some
purely selfish agenda to do this act of desecration against Bill Gates.
I could only gape in wonder.  I was doing this as a favor on a job that
I was leaving the next day.  What personal use could I get out of this
machine except the satisfaction that I turned a piece of junk into 
something usable?

On Sat, 6 Sep 2003, Paul wrote:

> Art Clemons wrote:
> > I'm missing something here, just how can Microsoft actually legally 
> > ban the introduction of a second operating system on a computer a 
> > school system owns?  What putative rights are you assigning?  
> > Admittedly if Microsoft owned the computers, it could ban the 2nd OS, 
> > but otherwise, it's on shaky ground indeed.  If MS wants to try 
> > banning the installation of a 2nd OS as part of its EULA, the easy 
> > solution is to install the other OS first.  I don't understand this 
> > fear of MS or its being pushed as the devil from Redmond.  It's a 
> > large corporation with all of the flaws that large corporations show.
> M$ doesn't require the legal right to ban other OSes.  M$ just has to 
> make schools /believe/ that they can't run other OSes, or make it less 
> attractive to consider installing them.  It might be similar to the way 
> laptops are "required" to be sold with the latest version of Window$.
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