Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Aug 2005 18:23 UTC
Windows Head of all things Windows at Microsoft, Jim Allchin provides a heads up on the operating system formerly known as Longhorn: "Most of the stuff that we would expect that tech enthusiasts and consumers will be interested in will happen at Beta 2. Beta 1 is not what I would call deeply interesting unless you are a real bithead".
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RE[4]: forget it
by sbenitezb on Mon 1st Aug 2005 23:24 UTC
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"The special effects isn't what it's about. It's about offloading the GUI to the graphics card to get faster, more responsive interface. As well, we can use special effects better as visual cues without being so costly."

Yeah, but why? I have no 3D card, 128MB ram and a 600Mhz processor and it just works nice. Why do you have such a need of a 3Ghz CPU and a GPU just to open some windows? Sure offloading some work to the GPU is good, Linux will have that one too. It's not a Vista thing, all desktops will have that in the end. Right now, only Mac OS X has that.

"XUL is not like XAML. XAML will get support from some major developers, because it is a great thing."

XUL is a great thing too, without argueing about it. But in this new FOSS world, why do you think major players will opt for a closed/monoplatform technology?

"But anyone that thinks Vista won't "catch up" to Linux is kidding themselves."

You're just saying that current Windows XP lags behind Linux and it will need 2 years for Windows to catch it. If that is really true, then you must assume Linux won't get stagnant those 2 years and will make a lot of great steps towards innovation and desktop integration.

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