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by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on Jul 29, 2015 05:16 PM

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Microsoft uses draconian law to put Windows, the world's most-used operating system, completely outside the control of its users. Neither Windows users nor independent experts can view the system's source code, make modifications or fixes, or copy the system. This puts Microsoft in a dominant position over its customers, which it takes advantage of to treat them as a product.

By contrast, free software like the GNU/Linux operating system is developed by professional and volunteer communities working transparently, freely sharing their work with each other and the world. Users have meaningful influence over the software development process and complete choice over what code they run. This means the software usually treats them with respect. Even if a free software developer took a page from Microsoft's book and began abusing its users, it would have no way to keep them locked in -- when this happens, independent experts copy the source code, remove the offending bits and help people switch to the user-respecting version.

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Try a free OS and programs

The FSF maintains a list of endorsed GNU/Linux distributions, and there are myriad resources online for getting started. If you want to try free software but you can't be persuaded to leave Windows quite yet, try these free programs that work on Windows.

Spread the word

We can't hope to match Microsoft's huge advertising budget, but if you're on social media you can help us show there's another way: use the #FreeFromWindows hashtag and encourage your followers to steer clear of Windows.

Examples of Windows' abuses

Windows 11 requires the use of a TPM, an example of treacherous computing. By requiring a TPM, Microsoft can impose more severe DRM on media, and refuse to install programs that Microsoft doesn't approve.Windows 11 requires a Microsoft account to be connected to every local user account, giving Microsoft more ability to spy on their users -- and correlate what they do on the machine with their personal identity.Windows 11 sends BitLocker hard drive encryption keys back to Microsoft by default. Windows' 10's privacy policy asserts the privilege to sell almost any information it wants about users, even creating a unique advertising ID for each user to sweeten the deal.Microsoft announced that, starting with Windows 10, it will begin forcing lower-paying users to test less-secure new updates before giving higher-paying users the option of whether or not to adopt them.Microsoft is reported to give the NSA special security tip-offsthat it could use to crack into Windows computers.This is just the tip of the iceberg. To read more about Microsoft's mistreatment of its users, see the list on gnu.org.

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