Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Feb 2007 17:44 UTC
Windows "Windows Vista includes an array of 'features' that you don't want. These features will make your computer less reliable and less secure. They'll make your computer less stable and run slower. They will cause technical support problems. They may even require you to upgrade some of your peripheral hardware and existing software. And these features won't do anything useful. In fact, they're working against you. They're digital rights management features built into Vista at the behest of the entertainment industry. And you don't get to refuse them."
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RE: dream on
by cb_osn on Fri 16th Feb 2007 09:55 UTC in reply to "dream on"
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The only way to break the monopoly would be to force OEMs to give consumers a choice of OS when purchasing a computer (including various Linux distros). Purchasing a computer should be: Step 1, choose your hardware (faster?, storage space?, frills, etc.) Step 2, choose your OS (according to your needs and what you want to pay).

This would not work. The very large majority of people who would choose Linux would be those that already know about it-- and even then, most of those people would probably prefer to install/configure it themselves rather than having it preloaded.

Breaking the monopoly requires a lot more than choice. From the perspective of Linux, it requires a standardized and coherent system, ISV/IHV support, and user education in that order. But, most of all, it requires time.

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