American McGee driven to GNU/Linux by Windows Genuine Advantage

July 26th, 2006 by jvm

American McGee, the videogame designer whom you might remember from such GNU/Linux games as Doom ][, Quake, and Quake ][, has written on his blog today that, as a result of problems with Windows, he has moved to GNU/Linux permanently (emphasis in original):

I was angry for a moment, but then I realized: I don’t much like Windows anyway. So I wiped the offending garbage from my machine and installed Ubuntu Linux. All in all a painless process.


This isn’t the first time I’ve attempted a switch to Linux, but it is the first time that I’ve made the switch and am going to stay switched.

What is the “offending garbage”? Windows Genuine Advantage, a process by which Microsoft software is verified to be legitimate. Only problem is that it verified that McGee’s factory-installed Windows wasn’t legitimate.

Does this mean we’ll be seeing Bad Day in L.A. on GNU/Linux? Probably not, but one can dream.

5 Responses to “American McGee driven to GNU/Linux by Windows Genuine Advantage”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Welcome to the “free” world

    – hunt for red october

  2. Logy Says:

    I love the way the Microsoft doublespeak coos in my ear when I’m trying to download some kind of Windows file for another computer and I can’t, not only because I’m not running “Genuine Windows”, but I’m not running Windows at all.

    “Windows Genuine Advantage is all about making sure you get the best user experience from your Microsoft Products!”

    I guess their savvy marketing department decided that [i]Windows Genuine Advantage[/i] had a more pleasant ring to it than something like [i]The “We Don’t Fucking Trust You And We Control Your Computer So Shut Up and Take It in the Shorts You Consumer Whore” Productivity Siphon[/i].

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Are you talking about Justus township? I have kept near listening to the rumours and first-hand knowledge of the crap that David Petersen and Leroy Schweitzer have enduered; they’re political prisoners, being tortured as we speek. I suppose this article is accepting, but I know that anyone that speaks in any way to show the double-speak or alternative process forced on the people ignorant to the Misleading Titles Act, you are seized into the Inns of Court (prison) and held for trial by a false-judge (Executive Adminstraitor over a Trust) until HE is satisfied that you’ve been broken.

    Look at southern California for God’s sake! There are four cameras aT EVERY intersection. It’s an ignored fact in the Motor Vehicles acts and in Statute that the people don’t need license to move their own property not-for-hire. But instead, everyone gets the bar-code slapped on them on a voluntary system coerced to use. Just like how Microsoft Windows agreements are voluntary…or you can’t use, despite forcing the contractee away from his lawful use by legal omission that he may strike through the contract provisions as though an incomplete instrument until his signature completes it thereto. But Noooo, it’s either Accept and Agree to the full contract ignorant of non-commercial private use, or not use software bought and owned without disclosure of such nuisance automoton solicitations in the data and executive record segments.

    BTW, the training material from Leroy Michael of the Schweitzer clan, is available by a steward through http://WWW.CHRISTIANCOMMONLAW-GOV.ORG. Negotiable Instruments Law kicks arsechlock! Just look for the truth, not the bias. Later!

    The Alpha Troll

    > Welcome to the “free” world”
    > – hunt for red october

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Nice that he made the switch and all but I expect it’ll be no more than a few weeks before he switches back. He works in Windows game development, after all, and I can’t see there being too many tools for that running in Linux.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    Looks like he’s part of some kind of graphics sweatshop dealie too, essentially the graphics equivalent of ‘Ipod City’… Nice of you to build fantasy with real life hardship. So much for being American. Asian McGee kinda has a nice ring to it.

    On the flip side I guess they can’t claim that its too expensive to do a Linux port. :OP

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