Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:09 UTC, submitted by moondevil
Windows As you all know, Windows 8 will be the first release of Windows NT which supports the ARM architecture. Microsoft hasn't been particularly forthcoming about this new Windows variant, but that's changing today. The company has posted a long and in-depth blog post about Windows 8 on ARM.
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Vendor drivers again
by fithisux on Fri 10th Feb 2012 09:18 UTC
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2006-01-22

The article states that GPU/decoding drivers will be supplied by vendors to WOA.

So this is risky for WOA (if open specs were released Ms would be in a better situation) and second this is anti-competitive.

The article mentions nothing new provided with respect to other OSes that already have. It also displays the benefits of open hardware specifications (I2C HId devices) but simultaneously it fuels vendor lock-in by saying vendors would create media off-loader drivers and GFX drivers.

In my view win-8 brings nothing new to the table but continues the anti-competitive behavior/tradition of MS supported by marionette governments not applying the law and skillfully smashing competition.

ReactOS is a better target for developers even on ARM.

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RE: Vendor drivers again
by lucas_maximus on Fri 10th Feb 2012 09:34 in reply to "Vendor drivers again"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

ReactOS is a better target for developers even on ARM.


Can I have some of what you are smoking ... it must be damn good.

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RE[2]: Vendor drivers again
by fithisux on Fri 10th Feb 2012 13:05 in reply to "RE: Vendor drivers again"
fithisux Member since:
2006-01-22

If it doesn't serve your purposes there are other FOSS OSes. In my posting I meant driver and kernel developers.

But msvc only software could be ported to mingw and easily to ReactOS.

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RE: Vendor drivers again
by tanishaj on Mon 13th Feb 2012 16:29 in reply to "Vendor drivers again"
tanishaj Member since:
2010-12-22

ReactOS is a better target for developers even on ARM.


I have high hopes for ReactOS, but this statement is completely false at this point.

First, although a lot of work was done at one point, ReactOS does not even support ARM.

Second, although there have been some exciting developments lately, like USB and wireless networking, ReactOS does not even work on most hardware yet.

Third, let's just skip the other "completeness" arguments and skip to the fact that ReactOS has about 0% market-share.

The last point should probably be first. If there is nobody to buy your software, it makes a poor target for your development efforts.

Thankfully, targeting ReactOS and targeting XP, Vista, and 2003 are all basically the same thing.

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