Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Mar 2006 18:10 UTC, submitted by helgegrimm
Windows The European Commission said on Wednesday it told Microsoft that it had competition worries about the firm's new operating system, Vista, another antitrust concern that the software giant must answer in Europe. "We are concerned about the possibility that the next Vista operating system will include various elements which are currently available separately from Microsoft or other companies," Commission spokesman Jonathan Todd said. More here. My take: Enough already. Seriously.
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RE[2]: Having fun
by porcel on Wed 29th Mar 2006 23:40 UTC in reply to "Having fun"
porcel
Member since:
2006-01-28

There is no way to get widespread distribution of alternative operating systems such as Linux from HP or Dell.

All you get is a few models that nobody wants and that are more expensive than the windows-subsidized ones, which often end up having better hardware at a lower price.

So get this: The average consumer does not consciously choose windows. He wants to use whatever everyone else uses to "stay compatible" which is nothing more than euphemism for "I can't read my files properly" because proprietary developer has locked me in.

And the reason why the EU needs is doing a fantastic job is that if Microsoft is allowed to bundled more and more apps, they will push out more and more app developers who cannot and will never have the access to users PCs. Get it?

By the way, getting a monopoly because you are good at something isn't illegal. Using that monopoly to encroach on other markets and kill your competitors is.

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RE[3]: Having fun
by eMagius on Thu 30th Mar 2006 00:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Having fun"
eMagius Member since:
2005-07-06

So get this: The average consumer does not consciously choose windows. He wants to use whatever everyone else uses to "stay compatible" which is nothing more than euphemism for "I can't read my files properly" because proprietary developer has locked me in.

Office's XML format is open. Earlier versions have been reversed engineered and Microsoft's not tried to shut anyone down over it.

If consumers were really satisfied with slow, buggy and crash-prone software like OpenOffice and its kin, they'd choose it. If Dell and HP could support X distro of Linux at a fair cost, they would -- but no, if Dell supports Red Hat, all the Suse, Mandriva, Ubuntu lovers whine and complain, and the Red Hat fans are pissed that Dell is shipping version Y - 0.000001. Any non-geek who's fooled into buying the system is outraged that he's using what appears to be some cheap knock-off of Windows and the apps he's familiar with. No one wins.

If you're so confident that your product is ace, let the market decide.

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RE[3]: Having fun
by PlatformAgnostic on Thu 30th Mar 2006 02:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Having fun"
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

There's an easy to see reason for this. Dell/HP/et al. provide support for purchasers of their computers. It helps them to have a generally known and easy to use OS as their default config so that they can handle support calls reasonably well (not that they do, anyway, but they'd have absolutely NO chance if they bundled a bunch of linux distros).

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