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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tomcat
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2006-01-06

We heard the same complaints when Windows XP was released and Microsoft backed away from Windows 95 and Windows 2000. It was the end of the world, dogs and cats living together, fire and brimstone, Microsoft was doomed, Linux would replace XP on the desktop, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda... None of it came to pass. In fact, XP has overwhelming market share over its predecessors. The same will be true with Vista.

Face facts: Dell isn't pushing XP. Vista is its preferred & default offering. XP is only being offered on a small set of notebooks and desktops, while Vista is offered across the entire product line. Dell is doing that primarily because its corporate customers need time to figure out their deployment plans, and because some small number of end users want the flexibility of using XP. Does that translate to failure for Vista? Hardly. If you believe that, you really don't understand the fact that Vista simply cannot fail. The sheer weight of deployment will ensure its success. That's one of the results of monopoly power.

Drivers aren't the biggest problem with Vista; actually, it's poorly written ISV applications that don't play well with the new security model (UAC). But, I see that as a positive step toward getting ISVs to not only take security seriously but reduce the proliferation of malware that hijack poorly written applications.

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Vozzie Member since:
2007-04-20

To be honest, Vista's biggest problem is the fact that due to the system taking more control out of the hands of the user, the first person who finds a way to take advantage of Bitlocker using malware is going to wreak havoc on the Vista user base.

I neither like nor hate Microsoft, I just feel they make shoddy operating systems. They're capable of making plenty of decent products (see Office or the Xbox), but when it comes to OSes, it seems that office politics tend to trump quality, if some of the Microsoft blogs are any indication.

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

To be honest, Vista's biggest problem is the fact that due to the system taking more control out of the hands of the user

How so? Actually, I think it's quite the opposite. UAC is intended to move away from root-level access to user-level access. Sure, there are security technologies such as those in WM and Bitlocker; but those are purely optional for most people. Agree that exploiting Bitlocker with malware would be a very nasty proposition, but I'm not sure how much worse it would be than p0wning a Linux encrypted file system.

I neither like nor hate Microsoft

Me, too.

I just feel they make shoddy operating systems.

Correction: Just about EVERYONE makes shoddy operating systems. Noteable exceptions to the rule (in my opinion, that is) are Wind River Systems (VxWorks), QNX (QNX RTOS), among a few others. I don't include Linux or Windows or OS X in this list because the quality of each is roughly equivalent, based on my evaluation of bug trends. I'm sure that some people will disagree, but I don't think that any particular development methodology or nich market share gives any particular OS an advantage when it comes to quality. What differs is the degree to which quality is tested.

They're capable of making plenty of decent products (see Office or the Xbox),

Yes, agree. I use both.

.. but when it comes to OSes, it seems that office politics tend to trump quality, if some of the Microsoft blogs are any indication.

There certainly is a lot of political infighting and poor decision-making. But that's true of just about all organizations, including OSS projects.

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