Home > Windows > Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 1 Evaluation Edition Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 1 Evaluation Edition Eugenia Loli 2004-08-02 Windows 14 Comments The Evaluation Edition software enables you to build Windows XP Embedded with Service Pack 1-based operating systems for 120 days from the day of installation. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 14 Comments 2004-08-02 7:50 am All you Windows developers can thank linux for Microsoft’s recent changes in licensing and distribution of embedded versions of Windows. Whether or not you use linux we all benefit from healthy competition in the marketplace. 2004-08-02 10:16 am If Microsoft competed in a market by offering all its products for free you Linux guys would be screaming monopoly. But when Linux does it then it’s just competition? 2004-08-02 10:25 am Anonymous, somehow I don’t think so. If MS started offering all of their products for free, I don’t think that ANYONE would be complaining at all, apart from the MS accounts department perhaps. 2004-08-02 10:28 am Microsoft has killed competitors in the past giving away software: that’s something similar to and extreme form of dumping… not only you sell something underprice, you sell it at a price that no competitor can bet, that is no price. Problem (for MS) is… their major competitor is already doing this, so price is not SUCH a strong attractive. And remember, MS cant always resort to giving out stuff: they have the stockholders to please. 2004-08-02 12:51 pm “What else can you expect than a brainwashed preposterous Idiot who believes all Linux users are communists (while at the same time having no idea what communism really is).” What? All Linux users aren’t comunists? :-> Yeah, I know that they aren’t, but it’s true that in some country (like Italy) the 80% of Linux users are comunists, no-global ones, ambiental extremists and extreme progressist. Many fascists and nazists prefer Linux than “American oppressive OS”. 2004-08-02 2:23 pm …don’t get fooled by the esistence of some three Communist Parties: in Italy 20-30% high school declare themselves communist just because It is the hip and cool thing to do. Take a look outside the “occupied social centres” and you will see a suspicious number of BMWs and other expensive cars. It’s not that 80% of the italian linuxers are commies: they are only the most vocal (and annoying). 2004-08-02 2:24 pm I obviously meant “20-30% of the high school kids” 2004-08-02 4:28 pm Did anyone actually receive their product key after registering? 2004-08-02 4:34 pm Is this news or some kind of ad? 2004-08-02 4:46 pm Anonymous, somehow I don’t think so. If MS started offering all of their products for free, I don’t think that ANYONE would be complaining at all, apart from the MS accounts department perhaps. then what about IE? 2004-08-02 4:58 pm Erm what? And who do you propose we should ‘pay’ many Linux distributions don’t ‘belong’ to anyone, they are just developed by large online communities of people. Indeed this is how Linux started. Those who do charge simply jumped on the band waggon and took advantage of this. But not before these loose communities of people drew up a contract (the GPL) that prevented anyone from stealing their work and calling it their own. But it remains true that the source code for Linux doesn’t strictly belong to anyone (even if Linus Torvalds does hold the copyright). There is simply no one to pay. Linux is by it’s nature free. Even if there were no ISOs, you could still download the source and compile it (as I did for Gentoo). How in any case would such a loose collection of people ‘collect’ their profits anyway? Assuming of course that there are even any profits to begin with. And 80% of Itialian Linux users are communist? Shouldn’t that be 80% of just Italians in general? And what particular week was that survey taken? I mean Italians being Italian, one week 80% are communist, the next week 80% swear they are facist. It is a country that is notorious for its wild political swings. The current govenment has been in power for two years – which I believe breaks all previous records for Italian governments since the war. Italians, as they say, are very passionate people. But what that has to do with linux I don’t know. GJ 2004-08-02 6:06 pm “Erm what? And who do you propose we should ‘pay’ many Linux distributions don’t ‘belong’ to anyone, they are just developed by large online communities of people.” True, but remember: money isn’t the only way to support Linux/Floss (yes, they *do* go hand in hand although they do not have to), there are different kind of contributions you make. Money is important as well, which is why I buy a few boxed distributions… and let me tell you, the last box I bought was well worth the money! There is room for both corporate as individuals here… as long as they respect the work of others. And now… back to the article, which was about windows I believe. 2004-08-02 7:55 pm “It’s not that 80% of the italian linuxers are commies: they are only the most vocal (and annoying).” Well, when I say “Linux user” I think about a computer user that uses ONLY Linux. I’m a MacUser because I use for personal use Macs only. Not all computer users that use Linux use ONLY Linux on their own computers. Anyway, there are many differeces between comunists, ambientalsts and progressists and I haven’t said that all Linux user are commies. “I mean Italians being Italian, one week 80% are communist, the next week 80% swear they are facist. It is a country that is notorious for its wild political swings.” No, please! This is only stupid common sense. It’s like to say that all Italians plays mandolin and eats spaghetti. All Italian like “pasta” but it’s only spaghetti. There are lasagne, cannelloni, tortiglioni, linguine, penne and very much more types of pasta. If you are American and you think so, I’m autorized to think that all American are cowboys or bandits!!! But I DON’T think so. In Italy not all people is comunists o fascists. Well, I confess that I’ll be very happy if all Italians one day become all fascists, but this is MY idea. In Italy there are many different types of parties. The people that one day have an idea and the other one have another idea is American (republicans vs democrats). This government is in power for three years, and it’s much than the regular time of the USA’s Congress. I think there is a social reason for this, not only constitutional. This is an example. I’m not anti-American (now…), but this is the evidence that the Italian are not only a “very passionate people”. And this is all off-topic than stop here. 2004-08-03 7:43 am Hy JohnOne Just for the record, I’m Italian, I’ve used Linux only (at home) for years now, and I’m definitely NOT commie. I consider myself a ratical/libertarian, and voted Cappato for the EU elections: the only person who really fought against the European Software Patents. Ciao!