Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Dec 2006 19:03 UTC, submitted by Jeremy
Windows ExtremeTech takes a look at the six different versions of Vista and has devised a way in helping people choose which one is best for them. The article outlines several key features and differences between versions in a comparison chart.
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Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

"$400?!? Are you high? Nobody pays retail." - So what do you have to do? Buy a new computer? Thanks.

No no... smartie Joe W. Average will know where he can download the "Ultimate" edition and product key for free because he needs it (of course) and he doesn't see a reason why he should pay any money for software, because he's soooo intelligent and professional... ;)

Or imagine this: "Hey Bob! Look what I've got! It's the new 'Vista' DVD!" - "Wow, Timmy, can you make a copy of the installation DVD for me? I'd like to try it!" - "Sure, my friend. I'll write the registration code on top of the DVD." (I assume "Vista" comes as a DVD.)

What I want to say: Surely the number of illegal copies will increase and "Vista" will be spread around very quickly. I don't think the majotity of new "Vista" users will care about features, editions, hardware requirements or even security, no, they just want to have it because it's "new" - that's all.

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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

"No no... smartie Joe W. Average will know where he can download the "Ultimate" edition and product key for free"

You mean stealing? I thought it was illegal and unethical.

"because he needs it (of course) and he doesn't see a reason why he should pay any money for software, because he's soooo intelligent and professional... ;) "

I need a car. I really don't find a reason I should pay for one. Should I go out there and make one for myself?

We should discourage thievery and pirating. It's wrong.

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

"You mean stealing? I thought it was illegal and unethical."

I completely agree, but reality seems to be different. Regarding software, most average users don't care. (I hope I'm not doing anyone wrong, it's just my individual observation.) It is illegal and officially prohibited by law, but in "small scale delicts" nobody pays attention. If there's no plaintiff, there's no judge. Software pirating is accepted throughout the society. At least in Germany. It's not that I like it this way, it's a fact.

"I need a car. I really don't find a reason I should pay for one. Should I go out there and make one for myself?"

Because people like car analogies... :-) A car is a material object, not an abstract one. You can see it, can touch it, measure its weight, calculate the price of steel (or wood, if you prefer it). With software it's slightly different: Here you pay for the development, for the time and the working energy of the developers, the testers, the marketing division etc. (Here you can see why most car analogies fail.)

"We should discourage thievery and pirating. It's wrong."

That's right. Software pirating us even not necessary because there are existing alternatives: If you don't want to pay money for a certain part of software, you won't have to; you just have to decide other software. It's simple. (Personally I only use free software - and software I've developed myself.)

Seeing a difference between "right" and "wrong", between "is morally acceptable" and "is unethical" requires a certain stage of individual personal development and intelligence (cf. Kohlberg: stages of moral development; Piaget: stages of cognitive development). Sometimes, I fear, this is not the case for some "average users", but it's not the majority, I assume.

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