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: I've heard this before......
by embleau on Thu 26th Jul 2007 15:35 UTC
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Vista does, however, contain a number of provisions which deliberately will make Vista stop working or work only with reduced functionality.

DRM "tilt" bits and WGA checks are just two such provisions that are known about right now.

These "provisions" are put in the OS to stop piracy. If you are using the software legally then these are NON-ISSUES. As for the DRM, I've been using Vista for almost 5 months now and have NEVER had an issue with any downloaded or my current media files. DRM is an issue with media bought from sites like iTunes and Microsoft's music service. <Stamped>FUD</Stamped>

Other features of Microsoft software that are undeniably written exclusively in Microsoft's interest and not the users interest is Microsoft's avoidance wherever possible of open formats and protocols.

It's THEIR product and they can do what they want with it, but regardless it's a logisitics move as well. Think about it. Windows and Windows Server are used in MANY places. If Microsoft had builtin and fully supported support for "cross-Platform", the
Tech support alone would be monsterous! Joe Sixpack IT Man from Rosie's Car Garage is having problems connecting his Windows XP desktop to a OpenLDAP/Samba Domain (NT4 support only mind you). Who will he call? Samba project leaders? Not likely and if he does he'll get the answer RTFM. He'll call Microsoft and then the MS Tech will have to not only support their product but a open source project as well. Too much overhead. Do you blame them?
It would be like buying a Ford car and wanting to tow it behind a Winnebago, but you are having problems linking them up. Who do you call? Ford? Is it their fault they didn't make thier car fully compatible with everything in the world?

As for ODF, you can install a ODF plugin for Office 2007 and make ODF the default file format.

I meaning to argue but displaying another "Devil's advocate" view on this. The world and business is not a local Burger King, You can't have it your way right away.

Edited 2007-07-26 15:36

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