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Microsoft Was Distributing Ubuntu Linux

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the but-not-so-much-anymore dept.

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ausage writes "Groklaw has noted that for the last few days, Microsoft has been distributing Unbuntu Desktop Linux from the Windows Marketplace Website. The page is gone now, but can still — as of this morning — be seen using Google cache. 'Heaven only knows that's true, simply perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. The part Microsoft got wrong is it says the license is "Free" and "No limitations". Actually, the GPL does set some limitations, like what you are responsible to do if you redistribute.'"

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281 comments

confusing (1, Interesting)

bleh-of-the-huns (17740) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609489)

Slightly confusing.. wtf...

Maybe an employee joke?

Re:confusing (1)

include($dysmas) (729935) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609615)

just got my head round this, gotta be some employee's last day joke type thing ....

Re:confusing (3, Funny)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609657)

At least it got 11000 downloads -- not too shabby! :-)

Re:confusing (3, Interesting)

kebes (861706) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609751)

Let's assume for the moment it was an employee joke.

Microsoft can certainly fire the employee, but they nevertheless distributed Ubuntu, which includes alot of GPL-software. This means that they are bound by the terms of the GPL. Among other things, this means that:
1. Anyone can ask for source code from Microsoft. If Microsoft doesn't give out source, then they are violating the GPL and hence copyright law. If they do give out the source code, then they better hope it doesn't infringe on other companie's patents, or they can be sued for patent violations.
2. If memory serves, even the GPLv2 has clauses about implicitly extending any licenses to whoever you distribute the software to. (The GPLv3 makes this much more explicit.) So that would mean that all of MS's claims of patent infringement disappear, since they have now given us permission to use their patents. (Am I wrong on this point?)

If it was a employee doing this, I suppose MS can argue in court that they suffered from sabotage and can't be held responsible. Is that a valid legal defense? Or are companies always bound by the actions of their employees, with their only recourse being to fire the employee?

I can easily imagine a disgruntled employee doing this to force Microsoft into a tough position. If they are now a Linux distributor, then they are in a tough spot.

Re:confusing (2, Insightful)

jbrader (697703) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609801)

I don't know about "2" but as to "1" if somebody asks them for the source couldn't they just point them to the relevant Ubuntu web page?

Re:confusing (5, Insightful)

kebes (861706) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609803)

Ah... apparently the download link was redirecting to CNET. So I guess Microsoft can claim, as they do with the Novel coupons, that they are not the ones actually distributing the binaries hence not bound by the GPL.

Re:confusing (5, Insightful)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609871)

Too bad that argument doesn't work for torrent trackers. Yay double standard!

=Smidge=

Re:confusing (5, Interesting)

_Hiro_ (151911) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609827)

You also have the debate as to whether they were a distributor or merely a Vendor. If Staples carries a boxed copy of RHEL, they're not bound by the GPL anymore than they're bound by the EULA for Windows for carrying Vista.

Since it wasn't a Microsoft-Branded product, and was in their "Marketplace" area, not their downloads, they probably haven't incurred any liabilities at all.

Re:confusing (2, Insightful)

Erioll (229536) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609967)

You also have the debate as to whether they were a distributor or merely a Vendor. If Staples carries a boxed copy of RHEL, they're not bound by the GPL anymore than they're bound by the EULA for Windows for carrying Vista.

Since it wasn't a Microsoft-Branded product, and was in their "Marketplace" area, not their downloads, they probably haven't incurred any liabilities at all.
Beyond that, if somebody put it up without approval then they aren't liable to be bound by it. It's like if some random guy at MS signed a contract saying that his company gives up all patent rights now and in the future. It wouldn't hold water because it wasn't authorized by anyone with the authority to authorize that. This falls under the same sort of thing.

Re:confusing (1)

_Hiro_ (151911) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610309)

Depending on who's arguing the point. At work we had a gentleman in maintenance sign a Yellow Pages agreement, and the Yellow Pages (One of the third-party ones who send you the order-stub that looks like a bill) published an ad for us that we didn't want. When they called about their money, we refused to pay because the person who signed wasn't authorized to do so. They said they didn't care, and sent the debt to collections, where it sits to this day.

Re:confusing (1)

soleblaze (628864) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609883)

MS wouldn't have to show any of their source, nor would they have to do anything about their patents that are in their software. However, I believe they would be required to give out the source or point in the direction of where the source can be found of all the programs that are shared on the ubuntu iso. GPL also has some crazy things like having to provide it for 3 years.

Re:confusing (4, Informative)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609979)

Microsoft can certainly fire the employee, but they nevertheless distributed Ubuntu, which includes alot of GPL-software. This means that they are bound by the terms of the GPL. Among other things, this means that:


Microsoft has distributed GPL software in the past (Services for Unix). Just not Linux per se.

Re:confusing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19610019)

> This means that they are bound by the terms of the GPL.

Um, bullshit and pathetic. You can't be forced into distributing something against your knowledge or will.

Re:confusing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19610223)

I'm looking for the "itsatrap" or "aprilfools" tags...

i cant believe its not horsecock (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609491)

nt

Am I wrong? (4, Informative)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609495)

Or do I see that Microsoft was merely putting a link to a place where you can download Ubuntu? Wouldn't this free Microsoft from any obligations under the GPL?

Re:Am I wrong? (4, Insightful)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609635)

Who said they were violating the GPL?

Re:Am I wrong? (4, Interesting)

Lockejaw (955650) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609717)

Well, it wouldn't be a violation of the GPL, but it would be hard for them to make a serious lawsuit threat for using software they gave you.

Re:Am I wrong? (1)

moderatorrater (1095745) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609757)

Actually, the GPL does set some limitations, like what you are responsible to do if you redistribute.
It's at least implying it.

you are correct (4, Informative)

number6x (626555) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609779)

Windows Marketplace had a link to CNET's Download.com site. So MS was not distributing.

Still humorous though!

Re:Am I wrong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19610199)

don't turn to logic! that screws up all the knee jerk reactions and fud that is sure to be spread by the anti-microsoft thugs here.

another instance where slashdot misrepresents to drum up flames. imagine that.

The puling of the SlashSheep (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19610339)

Damned if you do, and damned if you don't. The FOSSies whine that MS doesn't "support" (a desperate appeal for funding, one has to assuming) FOSS... but when MS cites Ubunghole as an alternative to paying for a quality OS, the FOSSies go nutzo.

As an aside, the most amusing thing is how people outside the US would rather put up with a pirated copy of Windows than a free (as in worthless) copy of Lunix. So even when competing with free, Windows still wins.

BWHAHAH (5, Funny)

jrwr00 (1035020) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609509)

Arg! our Linux spy have bee found! he was going to make a windows update to reinstall windows as Ubuntu, Oh well i guess this works

niger innis (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609511)

niger innis says this is a great move

Interesting to see what comes out of this (4, Funny)

pembo13 (770295) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609533)

I've been trying to get an Ubuntu laptop myself, maybe Microsoft can give me a laptop too.

Re:Interesting to see what comes out of this (5, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609985)

There's probably a shitload of free chairs in their parking lot today, too.

Classic (1)

TENxOXR (1044052) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609535)

I can't even imagine why they would do this, trying to provoke a little healthy competition are they? Internal joke that escaped? Hacked off employee that got a bad performance review? Who knows...

Performance Review (4, Funny)

norminator (784674) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609685)

I can't even imagine why they would do this [...] Hacked off employee that got a bad performance review?

Well, I'm pretty sure his next review is going to be even worse.

First Post! or maybe not (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609537)

I think my first post is missing because:

1) It was on a blackberry confiscated by the communist French govt.
2) I was ready to post, but the lake I was fishing on suddenly disappeared
3) I was 4th born in my family and I'm too stupid to post
4) ???
5) Profit!

Stereotype review needed (2, Informative)

baomike (143457) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610033)

Sarkozy is the new French pres, having defeated Royal the "left of center" candidate.
Even the parliment went conservative, although not by a huge majority.
And Sarkozy likes the US.

Re:First Post! or maybe not (1)

calculadoru (760076) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610163)

Oh man, do you read the news or what.

MS distributing a Linux distro? (5, Funny)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609545)

... thought it was a bit cold outside, did hell REALLY freeze over?

Re:MS distributing a Linux distro? (1)

SnowZero (92219) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609815)

Amazing, isn't it? I guess John C Dvorak was right after all...

Re:MS distributing a Linux distro? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609821)

Are you in Iowa too?

Re:MS distributing a Linux distro? (1)

jshriverWVU (810740) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610069)

Are you in Iowa too?

No the south, the deep south.

Re:MS distributing a Linux distro? (3, Funny)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610227)

Australia?

Hell on Earth, but also... (1)

Hoplite3 (671379) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610237)

Well, given the terrible times of late, with the global warming and such, its clear that we're experiencing Hell on Earth.

However, there's conservation of infernal-ness, so Hell is experiencing "Earth on Hell", which is great if you're damned. These small nice gestures represent a gradual cooling of the hellfire and a nice-streak developing. It also has occasional impact on our life up here in the form of Microsoft distributing Linux.

Is it getting cold? (0, Redundant)

Ramble (940291) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609549)

Brrr! It's getting chilly in Hell nowadays.

Distributing? (4, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609559)

There's a difference between "distributing" and "referencing". According to TFA, Microsoft was doing the latter by sending users to CNET for the product.

This is amusing, but it will not have any of the legal implications that many would expect from Microsoft distributing Linux.

Re:Distributing? (1)

norminator (784674) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609649)

I don't think TFS was accusing MS of violating the GPL, it was just accusing them of misrepresenting the license that covers Ubuntu Linux. I don't think it was even implying that it was done intentionally, just that whoever listed Ubuntu on there was a little careless with their description.

On a side note... how did that get there to begin with? Can users of the website submit software, a la Web2.0, or did some MS dude explicitly approve it?

Re:Distributing? (1)

sayfawa (1099071) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609783)

But even if they were really distributing it, so what? Well, obviously that would be a huge fricking deal, but it wouldn't have any legal ramifications. MS could distribute Ubuntu if they wanted to just like I could.

Re:Distributing? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610009)

Well, obviously that would be a huge fricking deal, but it wouldn't have any legal ramifications.

It *would* have some rather serious implications under the terms of the GPL license. Specifically, Microsoft would be agreeing to give patent rights with the code. Which would invalidate their request for protection money.

Or so the claims from Groklaw have been. In this particular case, Groklaw pointed it out as simply amusing. The submitter jumped the gun a bit and reported that Microsoft was "Distributing" Linux. Which was bound to cause a lot of folks to think that Microsoft had just given up their patent rights. Thus my post pointing out the error. :)

Re:Distributing? (2, Funny)

Knuckles (8964) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610101)

Looks to me as if they'd have a hard time suing you over patents though.

"Unbuntu"? (5, Funny)

sczimme (603413) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609563)

From the summary:

"Groklaw has noted that for the last few days, Microsoft has been distributing Unbuntu Desktop Linux from the Windows Marketplace Website.

However, according to the cached page Microsoft spelled 'Ubuntu' correctly.

Re:"Unbuntu"? (2, Insightful)

GMFTatsujin (239569) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609683)

Microsoft *is* the Un-Ubuntu.

They've been distributing that for years. I say we call the article a 'dupe' and move on to real news.

Re:"Unbuntu"? (1)

_Sprocket_ (42527) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609919)

Microsoft *is* the Un-Ubuntu.


SCENE: MR BALLMER IN A WHITE LINEN SUIT ON A LARGE WICKER CHAIR.

BALLMER: Microsoft... the un-Ubuntu. Freedom - never had it, never will. Ah-ha-ha-ha. [BIG SMILE]

Re:"Unbuntu"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609975)

next you'll hear Bill talking about Microsoft's new OS: Lunix (coming out in 2009)

Re:"Unbuntu"? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19610325)

They both got it wrong. Everyone knows it's UBANTO.

Rebuntu link? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609565)

I downloaded and installed Unbuntu from the Microsoft page. Does anyone know where I can find a link to Rebuntu?

Re:Rebuntu link? (1)

Cctoide (923843) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609847)

Search in the general area surrounding the Onbuntu.

Re:Rebuntu link? (2, Funny)

halfloaded (932071) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609887)

It will be out later this year when MS releases Service Pack 1 for Unbuntu.

Re:Rebuntu link? (5, Funny)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610017)

I thought one of Linux's advantages was that you didn't really need to Rebuntu so often.
Also -- obligatory xkcd. [xkcd.com]

How much do you want to bet (3, Interesting)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609571)

that a security breach was responsible for this? Someone breaks into the microsoft distribution area and silently puts Ubuntu there and leaves, knowing that Microsoft probably would not notice for days.

Re:How much do you want to bet (2, Insightful)

rhartness (993048) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609643)

I kind of had the same thought but I think it is more likely that a disgruntled employee did this, or one that knew his days at M$ were numbered.

Re:How much do you want to bet (5, Interesting)

jeevesbond (1066726) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609737)

That makes a lot of sense, either that or a Microsoft grunt was playing a practical joke (whoever is responsible: they're playing with chairs IMO).

The breadcrumbs for that page backup your theory:

Downloads > Utility Downloads > System Downloads > Driver Downloads > BIOS & System Update Downloads > Ubuntu Desktop

Pretty weird place to put the download if they meant to be distributing it. :)

Re:How much do you want to bet (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609893)

Sounds like a "system update" to me...

Re:How much do you want to bet (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609991)

It is more likely sheer ignorance. How many people know that Ubuntu is a version of Linux. Probably less than know Linux is an OS that can replace the basic functionality of MS Windows on many machines.

My suspicion is that someone submitted this to the market place. Note that the title is Ubuntu Desktop, rather than Ubuntu Linux. Also note that the text does not seem to contain 'OS' or 'Linux', and from the description appears to be an office application rather than full featured OS. I suspect that some drone put it on the page never realizing what it was. Given that MS is almost always oblivious to the market, someone probably just thought YAOO.

Re:How much do you want to bet (1)

treckle (987555) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610331)

Or, more simply, some third-party vendor thought it would be funny to list it. I doubt it was a Microsoft employee.

From the Windows Marketplace FAQs [windowsmarketplace.com] :

"How does Windows Marketplace determine product and reseller selection?

Products and reseller data are provided by reputable third-party suppliers. Windows Marketplace does not favor products or reseller selection in any way. Windows Marketplace lists -- but doesn't provide preferential treatment - to Microsoft products."

System Requirements (4, Interesting)

Odin_Tiger (585113) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609595)

Supported OS
Windows 3.x
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows Me
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows MCE
Windows 2003 Server
WTF?
Also...

Number of Downloads 10,923
Like...Damn.

Re:System Requirements (3, Funny)

IWannaBeAnAC (653701) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609633)

Does it use a Windows-based installer?

Re:System Requirements (4, Informative)

Jugalator (259273) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609697)

You can run all those operating systems virtualized from within Ubuntu, so I guess technically they're supported. ;-)

Re:System Requirements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609765)

This sounds perfectly reasonable. You can install over the top of all those operating systems just fine!

Compiz Fusion (1)

twoboxen (1111241) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609607)

I know I was impressed by the new Compiz Fusion videos, but I never expected M$ to throw in the towell.

Vista is a disaster... Once the mindless trolls that make the corporate decisions (at every company at which I've ever worked) learn that... sigh. if only.

System requirements (3, Funny)

Nimey (114278) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609645)

From the cached page:

Windows 3.x
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows Me
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows MCE
Windows 2003 Server

*snerk* The Windows 3.1 requirement really makes this post.

SP1 (4, Funny)

MadUndergrad (950779) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609655)

They only took it down because they forgot to replace all instances of "Ubuntu" with "Vista SP1". It'll be back fairly shortly, I'm sure.

Lmfao (1)

cromar (1103585) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609671)

That is too rich!

It seems like it would be more damning if it wasn't just Windows Marketplace, though.

Psychological tactic? (1, Interesting)

TheDarkener (198348) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609693)

Could this possibly be something simply to stir up the community by causing confusion?

That being said, is there anything illegal about MS re-distributing Ubuntu? Did anyone here actually download it? Can we checksum everything to make sure they didn't trojan any packages?

Re:Psychological tactic? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609795)

doubtful.
If anything it will stir up amusement rather then confusion.

Theres nothing illegal about them redistributing it so long as its unaltered.

limitations of the GPL .. (2, Informative)

rs232 (849320) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609711)

"Actually, the GPL does set some limitations, like what you are responsible to do if you redistribute"

Actually that isn't a limitation, it prevents you from imposing limitations on what downstream developers can do with the code.

Re:limitations of the GPL .. (1)

spun (1352) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609897)

It is a limitation, in service of greater freedom. Freedom is like that, you have to give up some to gain some. That's a basic implication of the golden rule. If you don't want something done to you, you can't go around doing it to others.

Re:limitations of the GPL .. (1)

Short Circuit (52384) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609961)

Actually that isn't a limitation, it prevents you from imposing limitations on what downstream developers can do with the code.
Making it a limitation. But not necessarily a bad one.

sweet sweet endorphins (2)

Gearoid_Murphy (976819) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609735)

ah yes, let the derison of yet another microsoft foible begin, I can feel those endorphins already, coupled with the remnants of the Red Hat and Ubuntu defiance of Microsoft patent fud, I've been walking around with a natural high these last few days ;), speak my friends, let my minds reward systems be overwhlemed with the resonance induced by our collective anti-microsoft rants, amen ;)

Re:sweet sweet endorphins (1)

wordsnyc (956034) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609833)

Please step out of the vehicle, sir.

Poor Novell... (1)

jfbilodeau (931293) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609823)

I did a search on Windows Marketplace for Suse. No result where returned. Instead, the website asked me 'Were you looking for Windows Vista?'

On the other hand, there are 22 search result for Linux!

Not Quite (3, Interesting)

lprechan (9859) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609873)

The part Microsoft got wrong is it says the license is "Free" and "No limitations".

The page Google cache is showing me does not say that. What the page I'm seeing says is...

1. Ubuntu is and always will be free of charge. - (True according to the Ubuntu web site.)

2. You do not pay any licensing fees. - (True.)

3. You can download, use and share Ubuntu with your friends, family, school or business for absolutely nothing. - (True, again.)

Perhaps an previous version of the file may have said the license is "Free" and "No limitations", but I'm not finding any evidence of it now. Even Groklaw is saying that "The part Microsoft got wrong is it says the license is "Free" and "No limitations"."

My home and office have been Microsoft-free since 1995 so I'm certainly no Microsoft fanboy, but I think I'm smelling a bit of "knee-jerk" here.

Re:Not Quite (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19609997)

MOD PARENT UP.

Re:Not Quite (2, Informative)

swg101 (571879) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610173)

If you expand the "Detailed Product Specifications" sections, you will see:
License Type - Free
Limitations - No Limitations

Re:Not Quite (1)

bouchecl (1001775) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610257)

Perhaps an previous version of the file may have said the license is "Free" and "No limitations", but I'm not finding any evidence of it now. Even Groklaw is saying that "The part Microsoft got wrong is it says the license is "Free" and "No limitations"."

My home and office have been Microsoft-free since 1995 so I'm certainly no Microsoft fanboy, but I think I'm smelling a bit of "knee-jerk" here.

It's not in Ubuntu's litterature. It's in the Microsoft Marketplace page. Click the "Detailed Product Specification" thingy and it's all there Licence: free Limitations: No limitations Both statements are absolutely correct. Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) do not impose limitations on what you do with your computer. No WGA checks, no DRM, no viruses, no spyware... ;)

Re:Not Quite (1)

Inanis (902489) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610277)

Perhaps an previous version of the file may have said the license is "Free" and "No limitations", but I'm not finding any evidence of it now

You are not looking in the right place. It lists the license as "free" and "No Limitations" under the Detailed Product Specifications section.

Where can I (4, Funny)

Wooky_linuxer (685371) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609905)

get the code? I downloaded this funky utility called Ubuntu from Microsoft, and it says in a funny EULA called GPL or something that I should be able to get the source code from whoever distributes it. Since my Windows system has been rock stable and much quicker after I installed this utility, I guess it's a keeper, and I think it is a pretty good marketing idea from Redmond to let us see how do they actually program these things. Course, this Ubuntu stuff is only a utilty or a driver according to that page, but even then this is pretty slick. Can you imagine if someone would let us see the source code for, say, a a WHOLE OPERATING SYSTEM? wow! Perhaps that is MS next step and this whole Ubuntu downloads are a marketing test. So spread the word guys...

Re:Where can I (1)

kurokaze (221063) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610139)

holy jebus.. haven't you read all the other posts above you that have already stated the fact that MS wasn't distributing the code, but referencing it? Not to mention all the talk about it being planted there (just look at the breadcrumbs...)

Automated Addition? (1)

phantomcircuit (938963) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609973)

This would appear to be an automated audition to the windows marketplace.

The download.com page for Ubuntu Desktop places it in the same category as the windows marketplace page does.

Google cache of windows market place page [google.com]

Download.com Ubuntu Desktop page [download.com]

Notice how similar the categories are.

Download.com: Windows > Utilities & Drivers > Device Drivers > BIOS & System Updates

Windows Market Place: Downloads > Utility Downloads > System Downloads > Driver Downloads> BIOS & System Update Downloads

Breaking Microsoft news: (1)

PurifyYourMind (776223) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609993)

I just pooped my cute little pants.

Apology... (1)

lprechan (9859) | more than 7 years ago | (#19609995)

Okay, okay, I see where I was wrong. Once you click on "Detailed Product Specifications" the dropdown box does show MS claiming the license is "free" and there are "no limitations".

No wonder I was smelling "knee-jerk", it was coming from me! ;-)

Good Old Mahatma Quote (1)

syylk (538519) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610005)

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Screenshot in case the cache disappears (1)

m0zes (1091371) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610035)

here is a screen shot in case the cache disappears, hosted at bayimg http://bayimg.com/DAbbEaABB [bayimg.com]

Re:Screenshot in case the cache disappears (1)

z0idberg (888892) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610183)

That may or may not be a screenshot, but I am holding off on visiting random bayimg pages until I know whether TPB counts goatse as worthy of censorship.

Re:Screenshot in case the cache disappears (1)

m0zes (1091371) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610245)

that is fine, i understand your concern, i don't think they are going to censor anything though...

System requirements (1)

danbert8 (1024253) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610045)

Did anyone read those? It's kinda funny:

Minimum Requirements
Supported OS Windows 3.x
Windows 95
Windows 98
Windows Me
Windows NT
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows MCE
Windows 2003 Server
Dependencies 256MB RAM
3GB disk space (minimum)
Size/Speed
Download Size 697.90MB
Download Speed Dial-Up (53.3 kbps): 29:47:44
DSL/Cable (384 kbps): 04:08:08
DSL/Cable (768 kbps): 02:04:04
T1 (1.5 Mbps): 01:03:31
Miscellaneous
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It's a CNET thing (5, Informative)

KarmaMB84 (743001) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610081)

You can get listed in the Windows Marketplace by signing up with a Microsoft partner or by signing up with CNET.com. Items in the Windows category end up in the same or equivalent category as they are on Download.com.

From the how to get listed page at the Windows Marketplace:
"Packaged Software, Hardware, & Devices: If your product is available in packaged format, you can offer it at Windows Marketplace by signing up with CNET.com."

The category for Ubuntu form Download.com:
Windows > Utilities & Drivers > Device Drivers > BIOS & System Updates

Eerily familiar, no?

This is a total non-story. Microsoft isn't distributing anything and CNET needs to fix their categories.

There is no conspiracy here (1)

Marton (24416) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610113)

It was a simple prank I'm sure. Applications can get listed on the Windows Marketplace with next to no approval process. You need to self-certify the software as something that "works with vista" and then inclusion in the catalog should be largely automatic. Someone's day in Redmond probably starts with clicking Accept and Reject next to new listings, and this one slipped through. Not a big deal I think.

Big Deal (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610151)

There's still a ton of Linux and Linux-related products on Windows Marketplace:

http://www.windowsmarketplace.com/results.aspx?tex t=linux&tabid=1 [windowsmarketplace.com]

This site is just Microsoft aggregating listings from other web sites, such as CNET. A typical brand exploitation exercise, which has essentially nothing to do with the product the product the brand ("Windows" in this case) originally applied to. Ironic, but no relevance to the climate of Hell.

Which version was it? (2, Funny)

fishthegeek (943099) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610159)

Ubuntu Home Basic
Ubuntu Home Premium
Ubuntu Ultimate
Ubuntu Business
or
Ubuntu Home Server?

You can even get spyware from Microsoft (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19610239)

Our Websense firewall forbid access to windowsmarketplace saying it was malicious
so i did a quick check on Mcafees Siteadvisor and sure enough that site distributes rather nasty malware called WhenU

http://www.siteadvisor.com/sites/windowsmarketplac e.com [siteadvisor.com]

logging in to my box at home and browsing it from there shows me the site lists all sorts of toolbars and adware/spyware downloads

nice to know Microsoft is providing an outlet so that people can infect their OS with confidence

Avoids Linux (1)

ashwinds (743227) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610263)

The post avoids the word "linux" like the plague!!

Looks like they took down "Driver Downloads" (4, Interesting)

assassinator42 (844848) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610275)

Compare the current page [windowsmarketplace.com] with the cache [72.14.209.104] .
Looks like they took the entire "Driver Downloads" category, the one that Ubuntu was in, down.
Also, Notice what category Download.com has Ubuntu under [download.com] . BIOS & System Updates, same as the Microsoft page. So I'd wager that Microsoft was using a script to aggregate download links rather than do them by hand.
So, no joke by a Microsoft employee or anything like that.

In other news (1)

pete.com (741064) | more than 7 years ago | (#19610323)

Superman breaks out of prison and robs a bank......
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