Linked by timl on Sun 5th Jun 2011 16:25 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft and Nvidia have an agreement in place that spells out terms relating to a possible acquisition of the graphics and mobile processor manufacturer, regulatory documents indicate. The deal gives Microsoft the exclusive right to match any offer for 30% or more of Nvidia's outstanding shares by a third-party." The agreement appears to be over 10 years old, dating back to the time of the contract for the GPU of the original X-Box. It has likely gained relevance again now that Microsoft allegedly wants to more closely control hardware of tablets running its upcoming Windows 8 OS.
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called 'Sticky Fingers'

It seems that lately everywhere you turn there is Microsoft muddying the waters for everyone else.

to all those who thing that Apple is a controlling SOB, then frankly guys, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Microsoft want total control over everything yet not be a proper H/W PC maker. I can't help wondering if somewhere in their efforts to control just about everything they won't go just that bit too far and break a whole shed load of anti competitive laws especially in the EU.

Personally I'd like to see Microsoft start becoming a PC maker and only allow their operating system to be installed on the hardware they sell - then we might get parasite organisations like Dell, HP, Toshiba and Lenovo (to name a few) to actually create their own operating system and bring some real innovation to the table. Sorry, being the 'outlet store' for Microsoft has resulted in a stagnating hardware market at the mercy of a software vendor having to cripple their software to support the lowest common denominator.

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Neolander Member since:

If the low-end hardware market stagnates, it could maybe (just maybe) mean that most people would even satisfied with a PIII and 256 MB RAM for what they do with their computer, and that as such fast evolution of the low-end hardware market is simply not needed.

It should not be hardware manufacturer's problem if software becomes more bloated and runs slower on equivalent hardware at each release. Supporting new hardware without having to drop support for old hardware in the way is one of the core points of hardware abstraction, the most basic task of a modern operating system. Or have we went back to the dark ages where people coded software designed to deal with specific graphic and sound cards ?

Edited 2011-06-06 08:38 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Did you forget about HP's Web OS?

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kaiwai Member since:

Did you forget about HP's Web OS?

Meh, to me that doesn't mean much given that the focus of my 'wrath' was directed at the laptop and desktop market; where vendors outsource something that I would consider a core part of the experience - developing the operating system themselves rather than letting some third party carry the responsibility.

As I've said prior, FreeBSD + a good UI + some tweaks, then create a ecosystem via iWork and iLife clone and you'd get your shelf par the way there of getting out of the 'drive to the bottom' PC market and being able to maintain margins and bring in a reasonable profit each quarter.

Oh well, like I said - I'm happy with Mac OS X, it isn't perfect but nothing in the world is so it is a matter of simply choosing the one that sucks the least for the job that you're intending to use it for ;)

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