Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 12:30 UTC
Windows The geek world might be all over Windows 7, and the rest of the world might be sticking to Windows XP for now, but there is also this Windows Vista operating system lingering around. Microsoft has just released the final version of the second service pack for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
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darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

I do not understand this fetish in some oses with requiring signed drivers. I don't mind if they warn me, but whether to install the driver or not should be my decision, no one else's. My computer, my hardware... my choice to make that hardware work or not. What's next, only allowing signed applications as well like some smartphone oses have already done? Look at some of the latest Symbian versions, trying to get around their signed application requirement can be a royal pain.

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turrini Member since:
2006-10-31

One word,

Monopoly.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

One word,

Monopoly.


What does it have to do with monopoly? any organisation can go out use one of the many third parties that provide such services; code signing simply tells you that the driver is written by the company who they say they are - that the Intel driver you are about to install is actually written by Intel and signed by Intel to say so.

I don't know why you claim 'monopoly' when you have the necessary stuff provided by a a third party - thus it isn't Microsoft leveraging their monopoly; heck, right now pretty much all software companies are signing their software.

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ameasures Member since:
2006-01-09

I do not understand this fetish in some oses with requiring signed drivers. I don't mind if they warn me, but whether to install the driver or not should be my decision, no one else's......


Personally my experience of this is that a few unvetted drivers together can make a system unreliable when they don't quite mesh. This can be almost indistinguishable from hardware gremlins. The result is a frustrating loss of productivity for the user and a bad impact on the reputation of the operating system.

Secondly, if they are beta testing the operating system then they have good reason not to be interested in getting sidetracked by bugs in grotty drivers. Maybe the RC or full releases will carry a different viewpoint.

Thirdly, in the Microsoft PC world computers are sold, too often, on price alone when one has fully tested and supported drivers and another doesn't. Stability and reliability don't happen by accident - testing and debugging cost time and money. As time goes on computers are becoming appliances that should need less and less tweaking,

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I understand that, but at the same time, it is my choice to proceed with said installation. This is a situation where the os is acting against me, and that is unacceptable. I'm now in a position to need to tweak the system to accept whichever driver it will not accept... and what was that about needing less tweaking, again?
How long until we're only allowed to run signed applications too?

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