WGA – Linux’s Switch Campaign (sponsored by Microsoft)
July 12, 2006 8 Comments
Ubuntu, an African word from Zulu and Xhosa, is pronounced “oo-BOON-too”. See the other FAQ on its meaning, it’s a worthwhile read, and no, you’re not the first person to wonder.
The primary motivation for my switch to Ubuntu was Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA). WGA is a ploy by Microsoft to get users to actually pay for their software or switch to Linux. It’s much more effective than Apple’s “Switch” campaign.
Here’s the process I used to go through:
- Obtain Stolen Windows XP Key
- Install Windows XP (and SP 2)
- Crack WGA
- Get ‘critical’ Windows patches
- Wait for WGA cracks to be worked around by Microsoft
- Be denied Windows patches from MS
- Repeat steps 3-6 ad nauseum
Yeah, I could just pay for Windows. I can’t afford to drop $200 on an OS right now. I won’t ever spend that kind of money on an OS now that I’ve used Ubuntu.
Ubuntu meets my computing needs for free. My computing needs:
- Web (Firefox)
- Instant Messaging (gAIM)
- Desktop Weather (gweather)
- Music Jukebox (amarok/xmms, haven’t decided yet)