I provide technical support for a dozen or so people on an ad hoc basis. I have recommended software to people countless times. I have supported the Microsoft view of the world and Windows software for 20 years. I have never installed Linux (sorry Aunt Susie).

This article shows the basic gameplan for Microsoft to curb piracy. I think it is a mistake. Here is why:

People like myself are the reason Windows works for many consumers. We fix the problems. We upgrade the Ram. We remove the spyware. We do the backups. We show you where Windows Update is. Dell may sell you the box, but we (your techie friend or relative) keeps you running smooth. DSL and Cable modem providers allow completely un-firewalled access to your computer. Windows security is terrible “out of the box”. Computers need maintenance. And your techie friends/relatives provide that maintenance all across the country.

If those people can not afford to purchase software, they can not get “good” at that software. More and more, I see people like myself turning to open source. Linux is getting much, much closer to prime-time. I am questioning whether or not to start educating myself in the open-source world.

I would need to get good at a lot of new stuff, but it might be worth it. I suppose I could run Windows in VNC if Linux didn’t have a Quicken or MS Money type program.

Anyway, as a Microsoft supporter, I am admitting, I am considering jumping ship.

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