posted by camo on Tue 12th Feb 2008 04:03
Conversations Having a good think last night about this very question. Apart from the obvious 'money spending answers', what would you change about their software (Windows especially), licensing issues, etc, and would you open source it?

Personally, the first thing I would do was to get rid of windows activation (grrrr..) and relax the license to allow for use on more than one computer, but only on computers that the licensed user owns (or maybe family owned computers), and only for non-commercial-use.

Would I open source Windows? Not at first, but I would open source Windows after seeing the pitchforks and torches of the shareholders as they break down my fence chanting <insert profanity here> as my last dying wish.
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In simple shot sentence, I would make people at Microsoft rewrite their software as long as they are good enought to use by my standards.

I would broke all legacy things from Windows. And remove weight from sources.

Giving kick to Steve Ballmer's ass and throwing him out from the company is pretty high on my list. That's because of ruining company's reputation and making it laughtable thing. And for speaking things he doesn't understand a one bit.

Windows Marketplace would be make it's way into software piece. Zune software would be renamed to Media Player 12. Next generation Media Center would take it's design approach from Xbox360 UI.

I would rename lots of products by dropping name "Windows" from them which don't have any reason to have it.

I would make APIs much stronger and thighter and make it so that writing so called "annoyance UIs" would be impossible since there would be simple to understand guidelines and stuff like that.

I would f--k off the windows software installation system and make it more like Apple's own drag and drop and RPM/APT alike. That way it would be much simplier to install stuff without first clicking million times "next" and then once "finnish without rebooting computer"

I would drop DOS support from windows once and for good. I'd put for three editions out of my next gen windows: Home, Professional, Server.

Differences would be that home costs 50 euros at RETAIL, OEM would be much much cheaper, Professional 100 euros and server would follow this price cut with it's fancy lisencing policies too.

Home wouldn't support any backward compability, but Pro and Server would have virtualization engines of XP for running legacy software.

In another words, my Windows would be much limited in sence of freedom to program what ever you want but it would work like Amiga OS and would be as fast with Vista alike Ui exept that it would finally drop the main UI element and if doing black ui it also would be full black. No ugly windows 2000 drop menus or boxes would be seen since there wouldn't be any.

I wouldn't open windows sources exept for those really really legacy parts including os/2 and bob and stuff like that. Dos would be open sourced. Also Xenix.

I would also make them think out new open protocol for networking. "Workgroups" would be no more.

These are just small bit of things I would do. I have been thinging these like for years and I still can make something more everyday. Microsoft just plain sucks at writing software which works.

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