WGA side-effect aims at Linux

WGA stands for the Windows Genuine Advantage program. It's pitched as an anti-piracy initiative.

WGA stands for the Windows Genuine Advantage program. It's pitched as an anti-piracy initiative. Only paid-up customers get updates.

It's also a highly sophisticated swipe at Linux.

Jeremy White of CodeWeavers, which sells Wine-based products, told ZDNet it's nothing to worryabout, that Microsoft would face legal action if it tied Office and Windows together too closely.>

Here's what we do know. WGA becomes mandatory later this year. Customers must verify their Windows licenses or lose access to updates. Genuinecheck.exe delivers an error message when it finds Wine on a system, then exits.

This means if you're using Wine to run licensed copies of Office on a Linux box, you won't be getting the updates you paid for, unless you switch to Windows at each update.

So here's my question for Mr. White, and for you as well. When has the mere threat of legal action ever stopped Microsoft from doing anything? Let me know in TalkBack.

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