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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Neolander
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2010-03-08

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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