Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Jul 2008 22:04 UTC
Windows As someone who uses Windows Vista practically daily, I've always wondered where all the negativity in the media comes from. Sure, Vista isn't perfect (as if any operating system is), but I just don't see where all the complaints are coming from. It runs just fine on my old (6 years) machine, all my software and hardware is compatible, and it's stable as a rock. Microsoft has been wondering the same thing, and after a little test, they may have found out why people seem to dislike Vista so much.
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RE: Vista is not bad
by kaiwai on Fri 25th Jul 2008 10:28 UTC in reply to "Vista is not bad"
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The problem is that people expected so much more out of five years of development, and that XP actually allready did fill most peoples desktop needs. If Vista had been a free, optional download nobody would have complained.

This is probably what they need to do in the future. Operating systems are becoming more and more something of a commodity that you can't charge for.

Sun have already realized that. They offered Solaris 10 for free, even though it probably contained a lot more innovation useful to their potential users than what Vista did for windows users, some of the innovations could even be considered ground breaking. Yet they gave it away for free, presumably in hope of signing more support contracts or selling more hardware.

Well, Sun never really made money off selling Solaris as a boxed product - that was never their forté. You got Solaris and paid for a contract. They (Sun) were in the software service business ages ago - opensoucing Solaris was simply the next logical step. Those who wanted support still paid for support and opensourceing has bought a new mind share to the table - new ideas outside the 'hive' of Sun.

As for operating systems becoming a commodity, I wonder if Apple is in the perfect place for this. Just think about it, they really don't have the same sort of pressure that Microsoft have. They're a complete company top to bottom, and I'm sure with some more buy outs (I'd love to see Adobe bought out btw), a balanced complete system approach will do them well in the long run.

Which brings me to ask whether we'll see in the future Ubuntu is bought out by Dell (other distributions bought by other vendors too) as the 'founder' runs out of money and needs something more secure backing. I can see Dell possibly buy it out, focus solely on creating a Dell like distribution whose sole development efforts is on supporting Dell hardware. I could see this happening as OEM's becoming more and more disenchanted with playing second fiddle to Microsoft and making bugger all in terms of profit margins. As their margins go down, Microsoft's margins keep going up.

Edited 2008-07-25 10:30 UTC

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