Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 12th Apr 2007 00:49 UTC, submitted by Dan Warne
Windows Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite strong ongoing demand for the OS. Analysts and computer makers are wondering if the move is premature given Vista's ongoing performance and compatibility issues. Dell recently said it would reintroduce XP on a range of machines due to customer demand but Microsoft will only allow this until the end of the year.
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RE[5]: My guess...
by cjcox on Thu 12th Apr 2007 23:02 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: My guess..."
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Granted DirectX owns the gaming industry, BUT only because of Windows... and NO other reason. As Microsoft keeps pushing people away, another platform will take hold. It's just a matter of time. And.. it might be a DirectX variant... who knows.

C is still more popular than C++ and certainly Java. If it's a lines of code contest, then COBOL wins hands down... sorry, but 2nd place isn't even in the same ballpark. I don't think you'll see too much embedded development done in anything "higher" than C. C isn't even close to being "downright archaic" or "virtually obsolete". I don't like C++ either (personally). Microsoft has done the most to keep that puppy alive.

Mono, which is a portable superset of .Net, may well be the better .Net. Don't confuse .Net with .Net plus Microsoft proprietary closed solns. .Net on Linux is reality TODAY and is most popular with WINDOWS users.... believe it or not.

Microsoft DOES have some talent. HOWEVER, it is Microsoft LAW to only higher young inexperienced talent. That's just a fact... not making that up. And there's a huge REASON for that... young minds can be shaped. I can name many companies with far more experienced developers that are capable of actually building things from scratch (noting that most Microsoft technology is not original but obtained through acquisition). If Microsoft was as talented as you describe, they wouldn't have some of the obvious flaws they have in their software... and Vista would be bought up today like gang-busters etc.

Linux is VERY viable for almost ALL situations. And that's not "fanboism"... it's just a fact. Yes.. there are places where Microsoft is so entrenched that Linux is not considered, but for every place where Microsoft fits, I can probably show you at least 10 places where Linux is a better fit. It's just too flexible. My experience in the field is that users live within the confined limits of Microsoft because they don't know anything else is out there. I've never met an MCSE that didn't switch over to Linux after they gave it a chance... none... Linux is flexible and that means power. Admins love power and flexibility. IMHO Windows is for the lazy MCSE or Sys Admin that doesn't want to explore the riches of the world that surrounds him/her. Which I find to be a very sad thing.

The assumption that Microsoft's toolsets are a good reason to support a single non-open platform is ludicrous IMHO. No reason to be chained all of your life. Microsoft won't even give you the saw to cut your chains. At least with Linux, you have the freedom to pursue whatever you want... even Microsoft, if that's what you want to do.

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