Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Oct 2012 15:47 UTC
Windows Casey Muratori dissects the consequences of Windows 8's closed distribution model. "But how realistic is the assumption that the Windows desktop will still be a usable computing platform in the future? And what would be the consequences were it to disappear, leaving Windows users with only the closed software ecosystem introduced in Windows 8? To answer these questions, this volume of Critical Detail examines the immediate and future effects of Microsoft's current certification requirements, explores in depth what history predicts for the lifespan of the classic Windows desktop, and takes a pragmatic look at whether an open or closed ecosystem would be better for Microsoft as a company." The section that details how none - none - of this year's greatest games (or last year's fantastic Skyrim) and only one of this year's Emmy-nominated TV shows pass Microsoft's rules sent chills down my spine.
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My Plan
by Chrispynutt on Tue 16th Oct 2012 16:17 UTC
Chrispynutt
Member since:
2012-03-14

If Windows 8 doesn't fail spectacularly and we get a move back to sense and reason I will be doing the following.

- Sticking with Win7 for the medium term
- Hoping that Valve's escape boat works, if so move to that
- If not see what alternatives are out there and move probably to a form of Linux.

For my own laziness I hope ME and Vista seem like good times for MS compared to 8.

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RE: My Plan
by CapEnt on Tue 16th Oct 2012 16:27 in reply to "My Plan"
CapEnt Member since:
2005-12-18

Valve's escape boat is Linux. =P

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RE[2]: My Plan
by Chrispynutt on Tue 16th Oct 2012 16:45 in reply to "RE: My Plan"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

I just wonder if it will be an existing distro or their own.

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RE: My Plan
by the_trapper on Tue 16th Oct 2012 16:33 in reply to "My Plan"
the_trapper Member since:
2005-07-07

If Windows 8 doesn't fail spectacularly and we get a move back to sense and reason I will be doing the following. - Sticking with Win7 for the medium term - Hoping that Valve's escape boat works, if so move to that - If not see what alternatives are out there and move probably to a form of Linux. For my own laziness I hope ME and Vista seem like good times for MS compared to 8.


Yeah, it seems like lately MS has to screw up at least every other release of Windows.

2000 (Good) -> Me (Bad) -> XP (Good) -> Vista (Horible) -> 7 (Great) -> 8 (What Are You Thinking???)

Linux and Mac seem to always gain a little from these bad releases because they cause people to look at alternatives, but ultimately most people just use the last good version of Windows as an alternative.

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RE[2]: My Plan
by Chrispynutt on Tue 16th Oct 2012 16:46 in reply to "RE: My Plan"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

I agree, but there is always that seed of doubt that the rubbish version of Windows won't go away and you start planning your escape.

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