Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Jan 2009 17:46 UTC, submitted by Richard
Windows Let's combine the two most popular topics on the internet today into one: Windows 7 on netbooks. Microsoft has already confirmed that it will ship a version of Windows 7 designed for netbooks, the popular small laptops that appear to be the only bright spot in an otherwise abysmal PC industry climate. However, with various reports indicating that Windows 7 already runs fine on netbooks, this raises the question: what exactly is Microsoft planning?
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RE[4]: Comment by shotsman
by lemur2 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 13:45 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shotsman"
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I didn’t mean that you could/couldn’t run 32 & 64-bit apps at the same time, I meant that in order to have a 64-Bit OS on a PC, you have to go through an insane amount of hurdles.

Not at all ... if it is a 64-bit Linux OS on your PC. The liveCD for the 64-bit version installs a configuration of repositories for 64-bit versions of the binaries for you. It is all automatic, and just works.

You have to download different EXEs or installers for your apps.

Oh, you meant Windows, not just PC. Sorry, you are right .. Windows is a mess.

Users cannot handle this.

How do Microsoft expect regular users to send off for an x64 DVD, then install it, locate the drivers, and then locate and download 64-bit versions of the apps they have. It’s complete bullcrap; excuse my language.

Microsoft brought this on themselves. They insisted that hardware OEMs write Windows drivers. If they bit the bullet, and had hardware OEMs publish specifications, so that OS programmers wrote the drivers, then Windows wouldn't be in this mess.

But Microsoft were sooooo clever (in insisting that hardware OEMs deliver binary drivers only, and normally, only for Windows, thereby forcing other OS vendors to try to compete by writing drivers in the dark) that they have bamboozled themselves. The other OS vendors now have the source code for their drivers, and Microsoft doesn't.

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