Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 07:21 UTC
Windows Windows Vista will offer varying levels of functionality depending on what kind of video card you have. When you upgrade, will your PC be up to the challenge?
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End of the line...
by dnstest on Fri 3rd Nov 2006 10:27 UTC
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I run XP-64 on my personal machine, 2000 Pro on my business machine, and 2003 Server on my file/web/mail server. For what I do, Aero is worthless, along with half the Vista features that I would end up disabling if I end up using it.

Given the EULA issues, DRM capabilities, the retarded multiple editions, the Internet spyware-like integration and ridiculous annoying popup reminders/dialogs, I think Vista represents the end of the line for me. I will stick with legacy Windows for now, partly because some of my business and POS programs require me to. But I will most likely convert my personal system to either BSD or Linux. I need to force myself to learn *nix fluently anyway.

MS is leaving the traditional Win16/32 API model, in favor of a semi-Java-like run-time managed code environment (.NET). At the same time they are leaving the last of the legacy Windows NT system by replacing the DOS-like Windows NT Command Interpeter with PowerShell (or whatever they are calling it now). AM64-compiled Windows NT (5 & 6) only runs Win32, Win64 and .NET (out of the box). Not a lot of people will miss the 16-bit support, but my point is this is the first time MS has begun breaking apart and replacing the DOS/Win16 legacy system that they built upon for two decades.

The evolution of Windows is not a bad thing, in fact it is necessary. However, I feel that moving to totally new APIs and breaking the DOS system gives alternatives at least a chance of gaining some marketshare. I think of specialized POS system vendors as potential Windows defectors. Some have moved to .NET, some use Win32, and still others use Windows-based proprietary/DOS-era software. For those POS providers with traditonal Win32 and proprietary software (many having their own DOS-era window managers), the move to .NET might not be the best choice (moving to .NET requires what essentially amounts to a total re-write). Selling their proprietary software running on a free OS, an OS without the MS EULA and $$price, might begin to look like a real opportunity.

Microsoft cannot hold their near-monopoly forever. They have so many enemies, not to mention market trends going against their traditional Windows model, that once alternatives become viable, it is only a matter of HOW MANY will jump ship.

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