[K12OSN] Microsoft and Wine

Brian Beck Linux_Man at comcast.net
Sat Feb 19 01:56:25 UTC 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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I have no reason to doubt the potential truth of this, but has it 
appeared on any major news or tech sites?  Because until it does it's 
got "urban legend" written all over it.

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