The Committee to Fight Microsoft ("CTFM"), a consumer group set up in 1995, is organizing a boycott of Microsoft's forthcoming Vista operating system unless the company can certify the code will be bug free.
Speaking at a news conference in San Francisco CTFM executive director Andy Martin accused Bill Gates of "mass consumer fraud" for expecting consumers to be guinea pigs for his company's code.
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"Bill Gates sells the public defective products," said Martin.
"Windows 95 was a disaster; it took three years to correct the major deficiencies. But the 95 fix, Windows 98, only created new vulnerabilities, and required yet another round of fixes for Windows 98. On and on it goes."
"No other company in America gets away with selling defective products and then expecting its customers to wait years for proper product operability."
Martin continued by accusing Microsoft of "scams" to boost sales. These include setting unreliable system requirements to encourage upgrades.
"XP was authorized for 128 RAM, which was clearly inadequate," he continued
"Who would buy an inadequate TV set? Or an inadequate stove, that didn't get warm enough?"
Martin set up CTFM in response to what he saw as the poor state of Microsoft's coding and organised boycotts of Windows 95 and 98. He also lobbied all 50 states attorneys general to take on Microsoft over the quality of its products and opposed the final settlement.
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