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New MS goes back to basics against WINE
[link|http://winehq.com/hypermail/wine-devel/2005/02/0441.html|WineHQ]
As some of you may know, Microsoft is planning to totally restrict
access to the Microsoft
download center to all non-genuine windows users. So you would expect
some check for pirated
copies of windows to be involved. If you visit the download center with
IE you get an activex control,
but if you try with Firefox, you'll have to download a little program,
that returns a code you have to copy into
the download page, to get access to the download you selected.
By quickly looking at the program, I noticed it looks for a registry
key, this key is...
SOFTWARE\\Wine\\Wine\\Config
the wine configuration key.
the Windows Genuine Advantage program press release
[link|http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/jan05/01-26GenuineAdvantagePR.asp|http://www.microsoft...neAdvantagePR.asp]
says that in the second half of 2005, all users connecting to the
Microsoft download center or to windows update
will have to validate their copy of windows. Interestingly if you run
the validation program on wine, and the version
of windows you're emulating is prior to 2000 or is windows server 20003,
you get a message saying a validation code
couldn't be found, because of technical difficulties or because you're
running an unsupported operating system.

Looks like MS is going back to the old school here.

Personally, I think some of this control game stuff will backfire on them. People don't update their Windows system files often enough as it is, making it harder will just result in more hacked systems.

Jay
New Turnabout is fair play
They should just change the WINE registry key name.
Regards,

-scott anderson

"Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson..."
New They have the right
even if it's stupid, and will further blacken their rep.

The 'Genuine Advantage' comes from disadvantaging those that don't pay, after all. MS is cutting off those that haven't paid a license fee, and don't upgrade 'on schedule'. MS can't be forced to provide service to those that haven't signed up with them, after all.

It's gonna PO a lot of people that have to shell out more cash just to stay current enough to be even marginally safe on the 'Net, though. It will drive them right into the arms of Linus Torvalds and Steve Jobs. Annoying the marks has become part of the 'Microsoft Experience'.

This is a GOOD thing.
[link|http://forfree.sytes.net|
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Imric's Tips for Living
  • Paranoia Is a Survival Trait
  • Pessimists are never disappointed - but sometimes, if they are very lucky, they can be pleasantly surprised...
  • Even though everyone is out to get you, it doesn't matter unless you let them win.


Nothing is as simple as it seems in the beginning,
As hopeless as it seems in the middle,
Or as finished as it seems in the end.
 
 
New What about those on WINE who do have paid licenses?
It happens. Do they check for that somehow?

Wade.

Is it enough to love
Is it enough to breathe
Somebody rip my heart out
And leave me here to bleed
 
Is it enough to die
Somebody save my life
I'd rather be Anything but Ordinary
Please

-- "Anything but Ordinary" by Avril Lavigne.

New Run the update under Windows
Wine can use the Windows install - config, .dlls, everything.
[link|http://forfree.sytes.net|
]
Imric's Tips for Living
  • Paranoia Is a Survival Trait
  • Pessimists are never disappointed - but sometimes, if they are very lucky, they can be pleasantly surprised...
  • Even though everyone is out to get you, it doesn't matter unless you let them win.


Nothing is as simple as it seems in the beginning,
As hopeless as it seems in the middle,
Or as finished as it seems in the end.
 
 
     MS goes back to basics against WINE - (JayMehaffey) - (4)
         Turnabout is fair play - (admin)
         They have the right - (imric) - (2)
             What about those on WINE who do have paid licenses? - (static) - (1)
                 Run the update under Windows - (imric)

Yeah, God forbid it should be your Mom.
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