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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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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 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.
Microsoft is reported to give the NSA special security tip-offs that 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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