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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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Tue 16th Oct 2012 19:56 UTC
Luminair
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2007-03-30

the impetus difference between the old way of doing things and the new way is convenience. the convenient digital stores built into every new operating system are great. that they're closed and proprietary is a bonus exploit by the businesses concerned.

to me that means the new way provides less selection and allows less competition. to me, there needs to be separation between content and delivery, just like there should be with media and data connections. the way you acquire software should not be so completely controlled by the device you use it on.

what I'm talking about isn't radical. having to choose where to get your stuff is the way the physical world works. digital tech allows a tighter stranglehold on people than this physical world we enjoy. thus the netscape antitrust case forcing microsoft to make access to other browsers convenient in windows. thus net neutrality forcing businesses to treat you the same as someone they like better than you.

to me, digital stores built into operating systems are an antitrust problem.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by r_a_trip on Wed 17th Oct 2012 12:28 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

It is a problem in proprietary operating systems. Centralised software solutions have been a stock feature in FOSS systems for years and they haven't been accompanied with arbitrary exclusionary policies.

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