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Why do Linux and open source lovers give Apple a free ride?

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In its "Windows 7 Sins" campaign, the Free Software Foundation has labeled Windows 7 as "treacherous computing," and accuses Microsoft of such acts as "poisoning education." This is just the latest in a long line of attacks by open source lovers against Microsoft. But Apple is arguably even more closed than Microsoft, yet always gets a free ride from vociferous open source proponents. Can anyone explain this hypocrisy?

Ironically, only a few days after the Free Software Foundation lauched the "Windows 7 Sins" campaign, Apple made a big bang with the release of Snow Leopard. What does the Free Software Foundation have to say about this newest version of proprietary software from Apple? As of this writing, not a peep.

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