Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jul 2007 15:08 UTC, submitted by Uncle Fester
Hardware, Embedded Systems The head of PC maker Acer, Gianfranco Lanci, has hit out at Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system, saying that the 'entire industry' was disappointed by it. Few buyers have purchased new PCs specifically for Vista, Acer's chief says "The entire industry is disappointed by Windows Vista," the head of the world's fourth-biggest PC maker told the Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition on Monday. Never before had a new version of Windows done so little to boost PC sales, he said. "And that's not going to change in the second half of this year," Mr Lanci said. "I really don't think that someone has bought a new PC specifically for Vista."
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RE: The REAL Problem with Vista
by siride on Wed 25th Jul 2007 11:12 UTC in reply to "The REAL Problem with Vista"
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I just have to say for someone to have spent that much time typing up a retarded response without doing ANY research whatsoever, I am truly amazed.

You know absolutely nothing about what you are saying. The reason they still use drive letters is because that's what people are used to. Internally, there is a more complex naming scheme akin to what you see with udev on Linux. You can see it when you use Windows administrative tools. The reason why the command line still looks like DOS is because...yep, backwards compatibility and that's what people are used to. It's not DOS at all, it just has the same commands. Yeah, it is limited. Yeah, Microsoft knows it. That's why they came up with Monad, which is even ahead of bash and other Linux shells.

I could write a shell for Linux that looked exactly like the DOS prompt. If someone used it, would you say that all the sudden, Linux is just DOS "recompiled to 32-bits" (which, again, shows how incredibly ignorant you are of anything related to programming or operating systems)? No. cmd.exe sucks. We know it. It is NOT, I repeat, NOT, the interface to the OS. It does not reveal anything interesting about the kernel or structure of Windows NT. For that matter, neither does bash. Command prompts/shells are just as distinct from the OS on Linux as they are on Windows (remember, the command prompt on Windows is cmd.exe, just like on Linux it's /bin/bash or whatever).

I do want to ask...how does Windows do multitasking if it's just the DOS kernel? It wouldn't work very well I don't think. How does it do protected virtual memory with just the DOS kernel? How does it have its own driver architecture (light-years ahead of Linux) if it's just an old DOS kernel? DOS didn't have any of that. Even Windows 3.1 ceased to use DOS for more than booting and filesystem access (more of a library for the operating system rather than an actual OS). Windows 3.1 had its own virtual memory manager and could multitask DOS sessions, not vice versa.

I suggest you do some reading on Wikipedia or somewhere. Hey, even check out the book Windows Internals, which goes into great detail about how the NT kernel works. I think you'll be surprised.

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