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Linux Validates as Genuine Windows Advantage (GWA)

No need to apply any crack or hack it is plain simple good old Wine software. It allows to validate an Ubuntu installation as a genuine copy of Microsoft Windows and get to the download page of Windows Defender, using IE4Linux and Wine.

From the Ubuntu forums thread:

I just did this for a laugh and didn't expect it to work. I went to microsoft.com using IE4Linux ( http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/page/Main_Page ) and tried to download Windows Defender, on Xubuntu. Of course, I was asked to do the Genuine Advantage test. I used the alternate authentication method (IE4Linux doesn't support Active X), downloaded and then ran the genuine advantage application (which took quite a while to start). It gave me a code that I pasted into the authentication box, and to my surprise it verified me and forwarded me to the download page. This just goes to show how rubbish they're validation software is

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  • be4truth June 19, 2007, 1:43 am

    I think the GWA is much more a psychological tool than a technical and therefor the technical quality isn’t of much importants. It helps to get computer illiterate people to pay the license.

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