Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Dec 2011 22:24 UTC
Windows Yesterday, Microsoft finally unveiled all the details regarding its Windows Store, which will be the default way to distribute Metro applications on Windows 8. Most of the details are all pretty standard and mirror those of other stores, but there's one interesting twist that is sure to make a lot of you happy: Microsoft has made special exceptions for open source software.
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RE[3]: Awful
by Morgan on Sat 10th Dec 2011 11:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Awful"
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Or Microsoft and Apple forcing all apps to be bought through their fascist walled-gardens.

I had to stop reading there before I burst out laughing. Fascist, really? So Apple and Microsoft are engaging in a geopolitical plot to ensure their ancestors' bloodlines rule the world, by use of military force and possibly genocide?

Jesus, but you need to check back into reality. Try "monopolistic", except that term really doesn't apply either. Both Apple and Microsoft are behind Android in installed units (an open source OS lest you forget). On their own phones, sure they have the advantage of the only officially supported application path, but it's really easy to avoid being "trapped" in it: Buy an Android phone! If you were truly that worried about it, you wouldn't own a WP7 or iOS device in the first place.

So you see, there's plenty of choice, and you should show Apple and Microsoft how you feel by exercising your freedom to purchase a device they don't have an iron grip on. After all, they aren't holding a gun to your head and making you buy their stuff. That would be...fascist. ;)

* Disclaimer: I now use a WP7 based phone, and I absolutely love it! I still don't like Microsoft, but between this phone and my Xbox 360 (obtained used and broken, and rebuilt by me) I'm really starting to think they know what they are doing this time around, though I'm still wary. Let's hope they continue on this F/OSS friendly path.

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