Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Aug 2012 11:15 UTC
Microsoft "'We have said think it over. Think twice', Wang is quoted as saying, 'It will create a huge negative impact for the ecosystem and other brands may take a negative reaction. It is not something you are good at so please think twice.' Wang went on to suggest that if Microsoft moves ahead with its tablet plans, the Taiwan-based Acer might replace the software giant as a partner. 'If Microsoft is going to do hardware business, what should we do? Should we still rely on Microsoft, or should we find other alternatives?', he is quoted as saying." Or, you could just build stuff that doesn't suck. Just a suggestion, Acer.
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by kurkosdr on Wed 8th Aug 2012 18:39 UTC
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"the Taiwan-based Acer might replace the software giant as a partner. '"

Yeah, right. And replace them with what? As long as Linux keeps breaking compatibility with existing apps (courtesy of and PulseAudio), the Linux kernel breaks compatibility with existing drivers every 6 months, and breaks compatibility with graphics cards, Linux doesn't stand a chance on the Desktop.

This is the dark secret of Linux: The dudes behind, PulseAudio and the Linux kernel don't care about what gets broken. And Shuttleworth and the other downstream dudes can't tell upstream "maintain API stability for X years or you are fired" because they don't have control over upstream, as they still haven't managed to make money out of selling support for the desktop. Linux works on servers and supercomputers where everything is headless (no graphics or audio) and hardware is standardized, but Linux doesn't work on the desktop because upstream doesn't get paid by Desktop Linux and don't care about Desktop Linux's needs.

Windows on the other hand maintains API (apps) and ABI/driver model (drivers) stability for at least 6 years. Not perfect IMO, but much better than Linux's six months.

Everytime an OEM talks about "providing alternatives to Windows" it's always a negotiating tactic to get from Microsoft whatever they want that time. It may work for one more year, but eventually Microsoft will stop paying attention.

Edited 2012-08-08 18:47 UTC

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