The Pi foundation don't need to pay for malware - they do it themselves:
WTF is Windows 10 doing there - and WHO in their right mind would attempt such a feat? The mind boggles.
Here's the best - I run all my 5 Pi's on this:
The Raspberry Pi Foundation was offered cash to smuggle malware onto its bargain-basement credit-card-size computers, we're told. Liz Upton, the Foundation's director of communications, today revealed an email from a "business officer" called Linda, who promised a "price per install" for a suspicious executable file. "Amazing …
First, its nothing more than an assumption that linguistically challenged Linda was offering Malware.
By her own words, all she wanted was to install a shortcut to her website on the desktop.
Second, it is assumed, just by her lacking English skills, that there's something shady.
Sure, she's a perfect target for ridicule, but there's plenty of Chinese business that just don't have anyone who speaks very good English: Perfectly good product + unreadable manual
But anything else, I'd like to see some proof before it gets turned into a headline. Should have led her to send that exe. file and check it out... Now, maybe there's be a story that's more than just gossip.
Google filters most of these kinds of messages out for me these days, but I remember reading all sorts of things worded like that.
It's not an assumption on the part of the person who originally tweeted it and had access to the uncensored message. They could just visit the website and determine it very quickly.
It also doesn't have to be a mystery to us. Looking at the censored pieces, you can clearly see the top of the word 'tempo' on one of the URLs and that the company name starts with a Q and ends in a k, with about a dozen letters. This is consistent with jogotempo.com (the company behind it has the acronym QNT, not sure what it expands to). You be the judge on whether it's malware or not, I suppose.
"...WTF is Windows 10 doing there ...."
That thing is not Windows as in "Windows". It has no desktop nor any end-user usable application. Not to mention that lusers "expect" their windows games and programs to run on a "Windows" system which means an X86-compatible computer. Tech savy users KNOW that there's virtually nothing for ARM-based Windows (RT) variants. Not to mention that besides the fact it can't run the normal apps associated with Windows it can't even run Windows
Phone Mobile apps either.
This is merely an OS for a developer whom want to build a garage-door opener ;-)
IMHO I really think Microsoft should stop calling these things Windows. These OS's (including Windows Phone) don't even HAVE windows as in "a free-floating rectangle that display an application and associated content on a solid background". But then again I'm probably not the target group for Microsoft these days.
Yes it runs Windows. Full stop. The ARM version. You can load as many exes as you like, nothing will happen unless they have been compiled for ARM. Which they probably haven't.
I did try it and it was very painful. I have learnt the error of my ways and gone back to raspian, cos it just works.
The Pi can run windows
I'll repeat again…
…or is this some underworld market droid who thinks everything runs Windows on Intel hardware?
"Intel" as in 80386 compatibles… I challenge you to natively execute an i386 PECOFF image on the Broadcom SoC that graces the Raspberry Pi, under Linux or Windows.
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Its fairly safe to assume that they wouldn't be using the term's "malware" and "evildoers" if the company making the offer was not one whose primary business model is malware distribution.
Considering that Dell and Lenovo have both taken money recently for pre-installed malware, its not the least big surprising that other companies are receiving offers.
I guess the standard bloatware just isn't paying good enough anymore.
> Considering that Dell and Lenovo have both taken money recently for pre-installed malware, its not the least big surprising that other companies are receiving offers.
Err, Dell didn't take money for malware, they just did something stupid that broke security. Lenovo is a different story though.......
Oracle and Adobe answered yes to this email. You can taste the results by downloading Flash or Java. In a VM, of course.
Thank you, Oracle and Java for tricking our grannies into downloading the superlative Ask toolbar and sundry McAfee shitware. On behalf of your victims, fuck you, and all who sail in you.