FSF Comes Out Swinging Against Windows Vista
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In This Issue * FSF Comes Out Swinging Against Windows Vista * Networking Perspectives: Secure Remote Access Solutions * FAQ: How do I install Windows Deployment Services? * Stream OS and Application Images, Regardless of Hardware Differences
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Recently, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) launched a marketing effort aimed at besmirching Windows Vista and promoting open-source alternatives. Sadly, the campaign, which can be viewed online at BadVista.org, does more to highlight how out of touch some members of the open-source community still are, despite years of work from both open-source and proprietary software businesses aimed at bridging the gaps between the two sides.
"Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade," writes FSF Program Administrator John Sullivan in a note posted to the BadVista.org Web site. "It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a Trojan horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care."
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Networking Perspectives: Secure Remote Access Solutions
by Alan Sugano, firstname.lastname@example.org
In today's networking environment, remote access is almost assumed for companies of all sizes. It gives employees and IT support staff a great amount of flexibility with the option of working from anywhere, not just at home. Of course, anytime you open up your network for remote access, you increase the risk of unauthorized users gaining access to your network. Read Alan's suggestions for secure remote access solutions at the following URL:
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FAQ: How do I install Windows Deployment Services?
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