Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Dec 2008 22:26 UTC, submitted by rexstuff
Windows Windows Vista has been out and about for a while now, and it has already been updated with a service pack, with a second service pack on its way. Vista's successor, Windows 7, is also getting closer and closer to release, but despite all that, Windows XP is still going strong, and demand for the operating system remains high. Because of that, Microsoft has yet again extended Windows XP's lifetime for OEMs and resellers.
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lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

Let me get this straight here, you people are bitching that there are too many options available for Vista? Huh?


Well, I might be interested in a version with full support for open standards and without the DRM/WGA/other un-removeable closed software. If software is removeable, there is no incentive for the software vendor to put things in it that are against my best interests (as the purchaser and end user of the software) ... because if they did that then I would remove the software.

Since I cannot buy any version of Windows that does not contain un-removeable software that works against my own interest, then clearly there are not enough versions of Windows such that any version at all appeals to me.

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manjabes Member since:
2005-08-27

Well, I might be interested in a version with full support for open standards and without the DRM/WGA/other un-removeable closed software.
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Since I cannot buy any version of Windows that does not contain un-removeable software that works against my own interest, then clearly there are not enough versions of Windows such that any version at all appeals to me.


You want THAT from Windows? You might as well put "RMS's face as the boot-up logo" in your list too, because that's equally likely to happen.
Too bad, apparently Microsoft will have to skip out on the potential Mega$ that you'd have given to them because they have failed to please tha great lord.

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"Well, I might be interested in a version with full support for open standards and without the DRM/WGA/other un-removeable closed software.
...
Since I cannot buy any version of Windows that does not contain un-removeable software that works against my own interest, then clearly there are not enough versions of Windows such that any version at all appeals to me.


You want THAT from Windows?
"

Sure I do if I am expected to pay for it. Most definitely.

I am even more unreasonable than that: I'd expect that I should be able to choose which functions I run on my own equipment. I expect to be able to access and manipulate my own data with whatever software I choose. I expect to be able to choose the best deal from any of multiple possible software suppliers, in an classic free market supply-and-demand economy. I expect to be able to attain and run software of my own choosing, for my equipment and my IT needs, to process my own data in any manner that I please.

Fussy, aren't I? How unreasonable is that?

If I don't choose to run Windows because of some of the embedded functions it mandates, then I won't buy anything that forces me to accept such functions on my equipment.

Unfortunately, in today's market, these "unreasonable demands" often means that I buy my equipment piecemeal, and plug the bits together, and install the (non-Windows) operating system myself.

Fortunately, with modern liveCD install methods, and "upgrade kits" utilising "last years model" hard disk and CPUs, I am able to easily afford the couple of hours effort it takes to put the systems together and set them up from the savings I make with buying non-cutting-edge (read: not-Vista-capable) hardware. In the end the performance is better than shop-bought even though on paper the hardware looks as if it should be under-performing.

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cyclops Member since:
2006-03-12

Or a dancing Steve Ballmer or Steve Jobs faking a heart attack.

Grow up

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