Well then you need to read this article and the attached threads from Slashdot regarding Microsoft updating your Windows software with their “Rights Management Services”, or RMS. This post by racermd at Slashdot has a good sum-up. If you want to do something smart at this point, I would suggest not taking this “patch” that MS is offering.
Also – could this be the first step in alternative OS use by current Windows users? The post makes a couple good statements of fact in that direction. I think this might be a turning point in the OS “race” or whatever you want to call it at this point.