[contact] "My University offers me my Microsoft Windows license" Worldwide Campaign

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at ansol.org
Sun Sep 27 01:38:21 UTC 2009

Hello Laurent,

The only question that was answered was that it was not a hack.

As it is, I must reinforce my disagreement with advising people to buy
proprietary software.

You will not reach those students with this campaign, anyways, so you might
as well call it a day and a bad decision and cut it.

I'm sure that by Monday you will feel the egg on your face, even if you
currently don't.

I'm certainly most disappointed.

If the only objective was "to destroy Microsoft's stronghold" on the
computer market, it would be one thing, but the objective is to free
computer users (nowadays, most humans).

You don't convince drug addicts to quit by advising them to buy from
the big boss as a means to free them from resellers downstream.

I will remove the link to racketciel from nao.quero.imposto.ms while
this campaign is on.


On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 01:15:16AM +0200, Laurent Séguin wrote:
> Dear Rui,
> Dear Matthias-Christian,
> We understand your first reaction when reading the page for the students
> http://www.racketware.info/msdnaa/call-on-students
> However, you may have noticed a link towards a page for the free
> software community
> http://www.racketware.info/msdnaa/for-free-libre-open-source-software-community
> There, you will read this:
> ---- 8< ----
> Recently, in France, new labels have appeared in the hardware department
> of  some stores. They advertise a possibility to obtain a refund for
> Windows ® from the manufacturer. That is probably mainly due to all
> these actions.
> However, it is still substantially unsufficient: the licence price is
> not displayed alongside the machine.
> Neverheless, this refund possibility, today for only some manufacturers,
> is irreversible: any step back on their side would shed too much light
> on bundled sale issues. We intend to take advantage of this irreversible
> evolution to exert a new type of pressure on the manufacturers.
> ---- >8 ----
> Moreover, this campaign is aimed at those students who intended to use
> Windows anyway, whom we do not reach very easily.
> Through this campaign, those students will discover that they usually
> pay for Windows, that they can get a refund for it, that they can even
> install an additional OS.
> Not to mention that this campaign will put an enormous pressure on the
> refund circuit.
> I hope this answers most of your questions.
> Should you have more questions, please contact us again directly at
> contact at racketiciel.info This email address is read directly by people
> behind this campaign.
> Sincerely,
> -- 
> Laurent Séguin, Vice-Président de l'AFUL
> -= Association Francophone des Utilisateurs de Logiciels Libres =-
>     *Promouvoir les logiciels libres et les standards ouverts*
>                    <http://www.aful.org/>


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