[K12OSN] Microsoft and Wine

Doug Simpson simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
Fri Feb 18 18:39:29 UTC 2005

Ol' Billy's getting worried!

Doug Simpson
Technology Specialist
DeQueen Public Schools
DeQueen, AR 71832
simpsond at leopards.k12.ar.us
Tux for President!

On Fri, 18 Feb 2005, Bryant Patten wrote:

> a friend just forwarded this along to me... apologies if it has already 
> been posted here
> Bryant
> ----
> Microsoft Blocking Wine Users From Downloads Site
> Posted by Zonk on Thursday February 17, @09:34AM
> from the they-could-use-some dept.
> IamTheRealMike writes
> "In January, Microsoft announced a new anti-piracy
> initiative called Genuine Advantage. From this summer onwards all users 
> of
> Microsoft Downloads will be required to validate using either an ActiveX
> control or a standalone tool. Yesterday Ivan Leo Puoti, a Wine 
> developer,
> discovered that the validation tool checks directly for Wine and bails 
> out
> with a generic error when found. This is significant as it's not only 
> the
> first time Microsoft has actively discriminated against users running 
> their
> programs via Wine, but it's also the first time they've broken radio 
> silence
> on the project."
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