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[3]: My guess...
by lemur2 on Fri 13th Apr 2007 01:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: My guess..."
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{I really have to question, what exactly is your profit that the unability to port the OS is a major issue for you? I write software for small businesses, they will alwas want the most bang for their buck, that means intel.}

Where you wrote "profit" I take it you meant "product"?

My product is flight simulators. My original code base ran on SGI machines ... porting to Windows was going to be a huge effort, but a port to Linux was trivial ... and I can still use cheap x86 machines (intel or AMD) with Linux, but I can also use other architectures just as easily. Part of the codebase was written originally in Ada for OpenVMS on Alphas ... I had little trouble porting that code to Gnat on Linux, and I have no license issues.

My products typically have to be designed to be operational for 30 years ... the life of the simulation target. The only way to achieve such a lifespan is to design the system for portability from one architecture to the next.

With Windows, you have zero chance to do that. With an open source OS ... I have already done it with little fuss.

Oh, BTW, with simulator visuals ... all of the database generation toolsets and rendering programs utilise OpenGL. That fact rules out Windows and ActiveX right away, on its very own. Windows used to support OpenGL, but Microsoft are trying to kill OpenGL off now, so I can't use Windows for the simulator visuals. You get this sort of thing happening with a proprietary vendor who wants to kill competing open standards. If you use open standards, you get portability and independence from any one vendor ... which is an absolutely critical design aim if you are looking for a 30 year product lifespan. Windows avoids open standards like the plague. By so doing, Windows immediately rules itself out of contention for my products.

Windows (any version) will be utterly unviable as soon as you can no longer buy x86. You sometimes even get problems whereby you can no longer buy an older (say seven-year-old) version of Windows, and no hardware is available now for which your seven-year-old version of Windows has drivers, so once your original machine and Windows version is end-of-life your application can no longer run, and you must redesign it.

Edited 2007-04-13 01:50

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