Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 15:47 UTC
Windows Casey Muratori dissects the consequences of Windows 8's closed distribution model. "But how realistic is the assumption that the Windows desktop will still be a usable computing platform in the future? And what would be the consequences were it to disappear, leaving Windows users with only the closed software ecosystem introduced in Windows 8? To answer these questions, this volume of Critical Detail examines the immediate and future effects of Microsoft's current certification requirements, explores in depth what history predicts for the lifespan of the classic Windows desktop, and takes a pragmatic look at whether an open or closed ecosystem would be better for Microsoft as a company." The section that details how none - none - of this year's greatest games (or last year's fantastic Skyrim) and only one of this year's Emmy-nominated TV shows pass Microsoft's rules sent chills down my spine.
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RE: I don't think ...
by Laurence on Thu 18th Oct 2012 08:32 UTC in reply to "I don't think ..."
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Now days with Windows, I will rarely ever install anything that is labeled 'FREE', since I don't know what it will do to my system. Personally, I welcome the option of an app store. At least I know somebody has vetted the app before it goes live.

Yet weirdly you'd install Iron over Chromium? :p

I do get what you mean though, I tend to prefer open source software on Windows when downloading free applications because even though I wouldn't personally vet the code, I can sympathise more with why the application is free. I know it doesn't really make a whole lot of difference and that my A/V should catch most nasties, but psychologically I feel "safer" with GPL over freeware binaries.

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