Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 23:04 UTC
Windows "When Windows 7 launches sometime after the start of 2010, the desktop OS will be Microsoft's most 'modular' yet. Having never really been comfortable with the idea of a single, monolithic desktop OS offering, Microsoft has offered multiple desktop OSes in the marketplace ever since the days of Windows NT 3.1, with completely different code bases until they were unified in Windows 2000. Unification isn't necessarily a good thing, however; Windows Vista is a sprawling, complex OS. A singular yet highly modular OS could give Microsoft the best of all possible worlds: OSes that can be highly customized for deployment but developed monolithically. One modular OS to rule them all, let's say."
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modularity and state of vista in 2010
by pysiak on Mon 24th Mar 2008 01:09 UTC
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About modularity, It'd be nice if it were a micro-kernel-based OS (reliability, stability, resilience) - I don't belive in module subscriptions. It has been tried out already as not so good. However, an OS modular enough (think of Apache or IIS7) would be nice to only use the code paths you need (increasing security and performance) and to be able to more easily extend the software as in Linux. Think of modules like kerneltop, fuse, vmware.

About vista hatred. On what substance can anyone say that windows vista will still be a bad os in 2010? I mean, XP was slow too when it appeared, then it got 2 Service Packs and everyone loves it now. Do you think that in 2010 your computer running vista will be as fast with vista as with windows 7? I guess it won't. Microsoft OS version + 1 always is slower ON THE SAME HARDWARE.

I am not a msft evangelist. But I think that in 3 years:
- Vista (ie. microsoft, ISVs, IT engineers) can improve application compatibility using ACT (shims and the like) so that more and more software actully runs on it
- just like with XP, a lot of software will be fixed/rewriteen (because company's make money on ... writing new software)
- driver problems will be a less of a problem because actually to get a WHQL driver now for vista, you need to supply both 32 and 64bit versions of them
- the hardware gets better and better - so just like with xp - you'll love your vista on a 8-core machine with 8GB of ram costing the same you paid for your current box.
- UAC is not that bad, come on. It's not a security feature. It's a way to run apps with least privilege and to spot software that's doing the wrong things, like storing
application data in registry and requiring admin privilege to do that, instead of using eg. isolated storage or AppData folders

I'm not using vista, but probably in 2010 I might be and I belive that waiting years for mythical windows 7 with an unsupported XP is not a good thing for any "sane network manager" as Porcel rights.

The thing is, that if you use windows, you have to play their game and be a big boy about it.

Edited 2008-03-24 01:11 UTC

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