Microsoft Windows XP as view by RedHat
From the time-to-boycott-monopolist? dept. (4140) (0) by Luis
We have seen it happening before, and we have allowed it to happen again. Microsoft's ultra proprietary practices has slowed down, if not killed, most technologies: from MP3's to media streaming. (Microsoft alledgely degrades decoding and encoding capabilities for other players, but allows full encoding/decoding quality for their own Windows Media Player). This is the date that we still don't have a Linux or any other OS outside MacOS and Solaris, Windows Media Player. In fact, Windows XP is a lot more restrictive on letting the opensource community use it's proprietary Windows Media protocol/format. You can read a lot more about this from RedHat's Opinion article.
"Let's get out of this vicious trap the way we got in: by controlling what we do with our money. If you are already running Microsoft's products, do the sensible thing and BOYCOTT THE MONOPOLIST. Let Microsoft's latest products sit in warehouses until Microsoft comes to their senses and removes all the eXtra Proprietary technologies they've been engineering over the past several years. Wait until Microsoft offers a level playing field to other operating systems, applications, and network service providers.
". There is also this article on Wired Magazine about Windows eXtra Proprietary feature? :-)
Maybe it's just time to emphasize on boycotting Microsoft?