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BadVista was a campaign by the Free Software Foundation to oppose adoption of Microsoft Windows Vista and promote free software alternatives. A follow-up to the Defective by Design campaign against digital rights management technologies, it aimed to encourage the media to make free software part of their agenda.[1] The campaign lasted from December 2006 to January 2009.



Bad Vista activists from Boston

The campaign was initiated on December 15, 2006 with aims to expose what it views as the harms inflicted on computer users by Microsoft Windows Vista and its embedded digital rights management, as well as providing a user-friendly gateway to free software alternatives.[2][3]

BadVista activists teamed up with Defective by Design members on a Vista launch party on January 30, 2007 at the Times Square. Protesters in hazmat suits held their signs explaining the restrictions Vista may impose on computer users.[3][4 ][5][6]. The campaign ended on January 8, 2009, when victory was declared after Microsoft released its Windows 7 Beta.[7]

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