Thursday, February 1, 2007

Legal Issues with Vista

Most people I've talked to have wanted to avoid Windows Vista as long as possible, mainly siting ridiculous hardware requirements and the fact that the OS has no real improvements beyond flashy graphics.

Turns out there is another good reason not to install Vista on your home machine: you loose a lot of rights. The BBC has an article going over the license agreement. Among the problems are a piece of software called "Windows Defender" which continuously scans for "spyware, adware, and other potentially unwanted software", unfortunately the definition of "potentially unwanted software" is left up to Microsoft. Software that the program finds high risk (again, whatever they want that to mean) is automatically deleted, regardless of whether or not that will cause other programs to crash. Perhaps some search tools from Google will be labeled spyware and deleted? Why not?

I also love the line
"you may not work around any technical limitations in the software". If there are holes or problems with Vista, you have no right to try and fix them, or to make the OS better in any way.


No comments: