Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Support free software! Buy this copy of Windows Vista Ultimate!


A somewhat ... unusual charity auction. 100% of profit goes to http://ubuntu-be.org, the official local ubuntu team for Belgium.


The story behind this original boxed MS Windows Vista Ultimate Edition is quite exceptional.
With ubuntu-be.org, we had a booth at a conference on IT in education. One of us, François, started talking to the people at the Microsoft booth and received this box as a gift (carrot/bribe?) from a Microsoft employee.

Since he only uses Ubuntu on his pc, he doesn't need this MS Windows Vista thing. He decided ubuntu-be.org could use money better than a copy of Vista. So here's your chance to support free software by buying Windows Vista!

38 comments:

Tom said...

Maybe they should threaten us with the copy of Vista unless we pay them :)

Anonymous said...

i don't think any ubuntu user want that. Why don't you just returned to a store and get a refund?

nixternal said...

If only I could get on buying that! I think it would be better to have the community donate a dollar, and then you guys blow it up :)

Mark Van den Borre said...

Nixternal,

You can do with it whatever you want if you buy it, including blowing it up.

To us, this box is worth only what the fool is prepared to pay for it.

We hope to be able to use the proceedings for some printing work or a second hand laptop for ubuntu-be.org.

Anonymous said...

It's neither a carrot nor a bribe. It's actually the stick!

"Go use Vista, you naughty boy!!!"



EtienneG

Anonymous said...

I could pay to see it blown away in million pieces by an explosive.

Michael said...

Haha, I wish I could do that with my express upgrade. Unfortunately, it only works on my hardware.

Anonymous said...

>To us, this box is worth only what the fool is prepared to pay for it.

Considering the fact that someone may be using this opportunity to deliberately bid on something they don't want purely to give you some cash... you could just have inadvertently insulted someone donating to you.

Bram said...

Better to sell this thing to someone who might have a use for it.
Blowing it up doesn't help anyone (ok ok maybe our ego).

Bram

Bram said...

ah, forgot to specify that I actually don't know anyone who might have a use for it :)

Anonymous said...

they gave you this copy for free as a gift... so don't be so mean and offend MS! they we're nice to you linux guys even with DELL selling your OS instead of theirs on some machines

Anonymous said...

Come on guys. As superior as Linux is in so many ways, Vista is not without merit or MS would be out of business and they're not. You may not prefer it but it's not without value - especially in the corporate world where suit monkeys make decisions everyone has to live with - like "we'll use MS only"

Anonymous said...

"To us, this box is worth only what the fool is prepared to pay for it."

It's a shame that you have to frame it that way. Contrary to what you might believe, there are those of us who have legitimate uses for Windows Vista and who - quite frankly - don't mind and even enjoy working with it. Being a Windows user doesn't automatically disqualify the individual as a fool - though from this community I should probably expect this level of thought.

Not long ago I wrapped up a test where I ran Ubuntu on one of my render boxes for a few months to see how I liked it. Although I didn't stick with it, I was going to take this opportunity to toss some money towards open source software, since it's a cause I can support - and I can use an extra copy of Vista for a new box I'm putting together. But frankly, I find your comment insulting, so I will have to bid you good-day and wish you the best of luck with your endeavours.

Anonymous said...

Hey linux nerds. I bet a 2 GB workstation with Vista is a better user experience than Ubuntu. Why? because i dont have to hack it to do these:
1. Get wifi to work
2. Use my iPod
Besides, I can actually play games and develop web applications with same tools as you guys (e.g. Eclipse)
AND let me tell you Editplus is much better text editor than anything you can dream of in linux-land

Anonymous said...

"To us, this box is worth only what the fool is prepared to pay for it."

Yeah, that was quite fool of you to say that, wasn't it?

(This comment is posted from Ubuntu Gutsy)

LVS said...

which will mean MS is supporting Ubuntu-be.
If they don't want that kind of money, this copy should simply be destroyed or returned.

Not said...

'Hey linux nerds.' - Hey tard, how was your day? your a special boy.

'I bet a 2 GB workstation with Vista is a better user experience than Ubuntu.' - What does 2GB have to do with?

'Why? because i dont have to hack it to to these:1. Get wifi to work 2. Use my iPod' - Well, if you had an IQ above 80, you could work out how to recompile a kernel, which is not 'hacking' its configuring, as for the ipod... its the most popular portable media player *out* there, I'm sure somebody smarter than you has got it to work.

'Besides, I can actually play games and develop web applications with same tools as you guys (e.g. Eclipse)' - Wow, you really are special... how kewl you can make ur windowz desktop like linux... we can use your tools too, we have free emulator software and layers (Qemu, Wine)... not to mention a broader range of software and additional power.

AND let me tell you Editplus is much better text editor than anything you can dream of in linux-land. - Hey look, I just emerged wine, and tried this program, and guess what... it works!

Wow, you really must have tried hard to jump into linux land, its a shame you didnt cross over completely, you'll definately be missed...

Anonymous said...

ubuntu really sucks if it was decent priced and I didn't have a copy of it I'd buy it. I understand the benefits of ubuntu over windows. BUT, I'm a gamer. I didn't buy the 8800ultra amd 6000 4gb of ram. To have a pretty desktop. I got it for gaming and sorry ubuntu. Wine doesn't seem to run anything I want it too

Anonymous said...

Telling us that anyone with an IQ of 80 or above should be able to recompile the kernel. Sure, tell that to the millions of home users who only want to buy a $500+ computer from Dell, take it home and plug it in, with all the color coded plugs. Get on the internet and send email All without having to recompile the operating system.
Sure. Easy.

Get real, Linux/ubuntu is great for those hobbiests but not for the masses.. Even though ubuntu is great, give it to your grandmother without installing it and let her do the install, and see how long it takes her to get her email and get on the internet without you putting your fingers on the keyboard or telling her what to do.

Anonymous said...

Answer to "Not said..."
See thats the the thing with Linux and its users. "It just works" our linux community is always overjoyed over the fact that they actually have an app for linux (i.e. it exists) you'll moan only if you had options. and believe me I've traversed the OS world my triple boot macbook also runs Ubuntu linux which I frequently use. I do believe a linux server is the best thing you can use (I run a webapp on with weblogic). The desktop experience of linux can't beat windows in next 5 years and Mac OS X in next 10 years!!

Anonymous said...

Linux although great for servers has serious shortcomings in desktop world for non-geeks...read this
http://letssumitallup.blogspot.com/2007/10/why-i-dont-have-linux-on-my-desktop.html

Anonymous said...

shortcomings of destop linux
http://letssumitallup.blogspot.com

Not said...

'ubuntu really sucks if it was decent priced and I didn't have a copy of it I'd buy it. I understand the benefits of ubuntu over windows. BUT, I'm a gamer. I didn't buy the 8800ultra amd 6000 4gb of ram. To have a pretty desktop. I got it for gaming and sorry ubuntu. Wine doesn't seem to run anything I want it too'

Ubuntu sucks because Wine wont play any games? I didnt say Wine was the beginning and end of software emulation layers, there are various tools out there such as Cedega, and while I agree with you that currently Linux isn't a great OS for gaming, its not the Operating System or any softwares fault it doesnt comply with the closed source standards that many games are built on, but slowly things are changing (UT, various other games)

'Telling us that anyone with an IQ of 80 or above should be able to recompile the kernel.'

I didnt say that they should know how to compile a kernel, but figure out how (Not to mention this guy is a some professional web developer that needs his elite textpad to design).

While I agree with you that with the latency between new hardware being released and being fully supported under linux means that for a while users are left out in the dark, things are changing and 'super elite web developers' should be able to figure it out.

I'm open to other peoples opinions on *why* linux, or Windows, or their religion are the best or worst things around provided they have grounds to stand on. Stating that it 'sucks' and having obvious intellectual disability just provokes me to write a worm that destroys every computer with port 80 open to prevent the spread of the disease

Mark Van den Borre said...

I see three lines of reaction:


1)"To us, this box is worth only what the fool is prepared to pay for it."

This is a quite standard expression in Dutch. No negative connotations at all in the sense of all buyers of Windows vista being fools. It's just a way to say "it's worth what the market thinks it's worth".

2)"Microsoft is being nice to you, and you are being mean by selling this."
François received a gift from someone he hardly knew on behalf of a multinational company.

This was a well appreciated act of kindness. Surely the giver will appreciate François actually benefiting from this gift!

3) "Ubuntu is not ready for the desktop."
That's your opinion. You're entitled to that. Mine is different.

skel said...

I like Ubuntu. I was easy to install and the web forums made it really easy for me to find support. Setting up Wi-fi was much easier in Ubuntu than it is in Windows and Gedit is an excellent text editor so I'm not even going to try this other editor. Ubuntu runs faster on all my computers than Windows XP/Vista does and the auto-updater facilities make sure that my software is always up-to date. Now you can say games don't work. If you go to any big games retailer you will find that lots and lots of games actually dont work on Vista. 'Game' in Belfast have had to put stickers on games to indicate which ones work with Vista. I had no problem getting many of my games to work under Ubuntu, even ones that woouldn't work in XP or Vista. Both operating systems have their good and bad features but I think I'll stick with Ubuntu. It's great that I can just download an Ubuntu cd whenever I want and not have to eneter a 20 digit rgistraion code.

alchemist said...

Hello,

This box could be used as as symbol for the Free Software : Windows is better used in its box!

The buyer should never open it and better sell it again for an other Free Software project.

My two cents,
brother-in-law ;)

alchemist said...

wow, the price is now 0xFF EUR :)

Dieter_be said...

I agree with alchemist: it looks like a great box to put your monitor on, especially usuable for conferences.

Landon said...

I want it but the link doesn't work.

notriddle said...

Why not just return it and use the money for Ubuntu. It's easier than trying to sell it, though selling it to someone who wants to Youtube a disk smashing would be cool.

Søren said...

What I really want to know is:

Did you give the poor MS people some Ubuntu CDs in exchange?

Ethan Anderson said...

Sell it on Ebay.

Reason for selling: Ubuntu is vastly superior.

Avoura said...

Seems like even Microsoft cannot give Vista away, it really is that bad!
I never want to use it, and I really enjoy using Ubuntu and other Linux distros, and sometimes Windows XP. With Vista, Microsoft just threw out all the good bits of the OS to replace them with something a fancy designer came up with.

卡库尔 / Kakur said...

Why is this popping up on Planet Ubuntu again?

(And did they give out Ubuntu discs in return? That would be fun :3)

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Ubuntu is vastly superior....

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cv said...

I will never go for Vista, i feel XP and windows 7 are the best..anyways nice blog.thanks


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