[K12OSN] Microsoft and Wine

Rob Owens hick518 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 18 19:29:16 UTC 2005

I'm a little confused about this.  Does this only
apply to Microsoft software that you download from
them?  (In other words, a purchased cd copy of their
software is not affected)?  I didn't even realize that
Microsoft had any software available for downloading.


--- Bryant Patten <opensource at whitenitro.com> 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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