Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 29th Nov 2005 08:43 UTC, submitted by Aparan
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y The second part of the comparison of Windows Vista beta and Mac OS X "Tiger" continues with an examination of the security, networking, and power management features in each system.
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RE: The article IS worth reading
by zlynx on Tue 29th Nov 2005 15:06 UTC in reply to "The article IS worth reading"
zlynx
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2005-07-20

1. Rid Vista of the backward compatability. Cut away the fat.
Can't do that. Backward compatibility is probably the #1 reason for Microsoft and Windows' success. Losing that would be a sure way to kill Vista. Customers would keep their old versions of Windows, or start using Wine.

Just imagine how upset everyone would be if they needed to buy all new software every time Windows was updated.

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"Can't do that. Backward compatibility is probably the #1 reason for Microsoft and Windows' success. Losing that would be a sure way to kill Vista. Customers would keep their old versions of Windows, or start using Wine."
With virtualization at the door, I expect that finally MS will get rid of old crap and wrong security paradigms that now are so tightly bounded in the system to allow retrocompatibility and to allow to run bad old software written with monouser in mind.
If not in a future Vista Service Pack, I expect the future Blackcomb to be something totally incompatible, as system, to the "old" dos/win16/win32/.net word, running smoothly apps of each of those words in sandboxed complete virtual machine that would try to securely keep at bait nearly any security abuse possible in bad software they are running, while old *x style security will be progressively become obsolete letting bad apps to do disasters like the millions of codes of credit cards stolen from hipersecure *x server due to bogus application software...

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Tyr. Member since:
2005-07-06

With virtualization at the door, I expect that finally MS will get rid of old crap and wrong security paradigms that now are so tightly bounded in the system to allow retrocompatibility and to allow to run bad old software written with monouser in mind.

Considering MS only recently "discovered" virtualisation as a knee-jerk reaction too the fact new processor technologies will alow virtualisation of Windows wether MS likes it or not that's one hell of a prediction.
I certainly won't place much faith in software quickly cobbled together in Redmond now they have decided Xen and others, without the need for special support built into the kernel, are suddenly a threat.

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protagonist Member since:
2005-07-06

"Just imagine how upset everyone would be if they needed to buy all new software every time Windows was updated."

Uhh, you just about have to do that anyway when a major new Windows release comes around. I have been there and done that which is one of the big reasons I stopped using Windows.

Bill

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