Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 13th Jan 2013 14:48 UTC
Windows Tom Warren: "While Intel is trying to keep the Windows tree healthy, Microsoft is hoping that the leaves don't start to drop off before its own family of Surface devices are fully ready. Redmond isn't 'priming the pump' here, it's planting seeds for the future. If Microsoft is successful then it could be the world's biggest Windows OEM in just a few years. The future is Surface." You just have to look at the difference in build quality and supplied software between OEM devices and Surface even though Surface is cheaper to realise that the age of Windows OEMs is coming to an end. The writing's on the wall, and the OEMs know it: there's no future for them in Windows.
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RE[2]: OEMs did it to themselves
by bassbeast on Mon 14th Jan 2013 09:10 UTC in reply to "RE: OEMs did it to themselves"
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Dell got burnt by Ubuntu, they have to pay an entire dev team to support their own (badly out of date) fork of Ubuntu because if they use bog standard Ubuntu the drivers break. What we need is one of the companies to embrace and fund one of the BSDs which has a stable driver API so this kind of Mickey Mouse breakage doesn't occur, otherwise all the OEMs are gonna have to get together and just fork Linux away from Torvalds.

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