Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Apr 2007 18:59 UTC, submitted by danwarne
Windows Lots of Windows-related news today. Firstly, responding to customer demand, Dell has restarted selling new PCs with Windows XP installed on them. Secondly, Microsoft software will sell for just USD 3 in some parts of the world in an attempt to double the number of global PC users (probably not at all unrelated to this interesting figure). Lastly, Vista may only be three months old in the retail marketplace, but Microsoft is already seeking participants in the beta testing program for the next version of Windows Media Center, codenamed Fiji. Update: Microsoft denied the sales figures in China to News.com.
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RE[4]: Not surprising....
by PlatformAgnostic on Sat 21st Apr 2007 06:11 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not surprising...."
PlatformAgnostic
Member since:
2006-01-02

Well, I'll buck my usual posting trend to say that there's no great reason for a scanner to be incompatible with Windows Vista since the driver model should be equivalent... you don't really need to be in the kernel to drive something as low-speed as the average scanner.

I just looked it up though... seems like this is a security issue. They want to push the scanners out of LocalSystem and into LocalService to reduce its privilege levels. I don't know how much pain they expected, or were willing to tolerate, but maybe they could have provided some compatibility hacks to make it work.

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RE[5]: Not surprising....
by kaiwai on Sat 21st Apr 2007 10:20 in reply to "RE[4]: Not surprising...."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I just looked it up though... seems like this is a security issue. They want to push the scanners out of LocalSystem and into LocalService to reduce its privilege levels. I don't know how much pain they expected, or were willing to tolerate, but maybe they could have provided some compatibility hacks to make it work.


Ah yes, the scream of 'use a hack' and when the hack causes problems, you then have the same people complain that Microsoft didn't fix the problem properly.

Sorry, I'd sooner have broken compatibility and higher security.

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