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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

Toreo asesino Re: Hilarious (94 comments)

Oh alright, here you go then:

...since Bash can run on *anything*, that makes it and "anything running Bash" issue, including your precious Windows...

So..."Did I say both are equally vulnerable" - why yes; yes you did!

Then there was the whole "look, cmd.exe can't parse stuff either correctly" - that's also kinda along the same "lol Windows is just as bad" lines.

And we both know ShellShock is a particularly epic *nix only issue, really, even if technicaly....possibly it could be bad on Windows too....well not really. Get over it; it happens. Just this time Windows comes out on top. Your defensiveness and keenness at mitigating culpability serves only to make the issue look worse than it is, aside from being highly amusing.

about two weeks ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

Toreo asesino Re: Hilarious (94 comments)

CMD is a skin-deep DOS emulator used by approximately zero applications these days, unlike say Apache & bash. So again, you attempts to equate risks here really seem desperate and again, most amusing.

Also if I'm not mistaken POSIX in Windows has been depreciated for a while, albeit still possible to install. Welcome to the crazy world of PowerShell my friend!

Keep flogging that dead horse though - surely it's got some life it in yet! You're right; ShellShock really is as bad a ball-ache in Windows as *nix, no really!

about three weeks ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

Toreo asesino Hilarious (94 comments)

I love the fact you try to equate Windows and Linux for this epic bug as if they're both as vulnerable. Really, it's hilarious. Technically you're right but we both know absolutely nobody except *NIX fans run bash on Windows. Ok maybe a bit more but still, your attempts to divert negative PR gave me quite the chuckle.

about three weeks ago
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How Poor Punctuation Can Break Windows

Toreo asesino Re:Shellshock is way worse (94 comments)

This "patched within hours" is a bit of a false economy if you need to test your apps aren't going to be negatively impacted. If you don't care or just want to live the dream then yeah, otherwise the real world is a bit more complicated than that. The fact the patch needed patching in itself suggest some testing will be needed if you care about top-to-bottom stability.

about three weeks ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Toreo asesino Re:Ordinarily I'd be first to bash MS - BUT... (379 comments)

"Ever tried connecting a Surface Pro to your company's Active Directory and implementing GPO?" - this is a big red flag to me you are either spreading FUD knowingly or you genuinely don't know what you're talking about. All Surface Pro tablets can use full AD and that's been documented for years.

about 5 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Toreo asesino Re:A pretty good work device (379 comments)

So add a trusted root authority certificate to the list and job done?

about 5 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Toreo asesino Re:well (379 comments)

"You haven't lied, yet stayed away from telling the truth as well. " - it seems you have your own version of selective reality too. Windows 8 is a big shift from traditional Windows but you seem to imply there'll be no change to this, which is very unlikely to be the case. As Vista was slow to get people off XP, Windows 8 will is similar in that respect (albeit for different reasons; Win8 is mainly a UI paradigm shift instead of a kernel one) but the point is that most will get there in the end as they did XP -> Win7.

about 5 months ago
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With the Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate the PC Market

Toreo asesino "Symbolset thinks an MSFT product isn't very good" (379 comments)

News at 11. Glad to see the circle-jerk here is just as strong as ever - gotta reassure ourselves that MSFT is (still) on the brink of doom after all.

Some people don't want 2 devices for 2 separate functions; there's a real market for one device that can scale up when necessary, and the Surface 3 Pro is aimed at those people. Not everyone of course - some people enjoy having multiple devices, but a decent chunk, myself included just want one that you can accessorise into a full-on power PC if you want, which this does nicely.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Toreo asesino Slashdot == Fox News. Really. (575 comments)

Let's generate some outrage! We want to be angry about Microsoft!

Yes, how dare they refuse to support older patch levels of the same OS. Outrageous.

about 7 months ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Toreo asesino I wonder what these comments would look like (239 comments)

...if Microsoft has released something with a bug like this. Somehow I doubt there'd be so much analysis. To me this demonstrates that open != secure necessarily; how long has anyone been able to read the source-code here and even known about it for months? Let's just all agree that open-sourcing code is no guarantee of any kind of quality.

about 7 months ago
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Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

Toreo asesino Re:Give him a chance (293 comments)

And so the circle-jerk of Slashdot continues. The echo-chamber in this place is too much sometimes.

about 9 months ago
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Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

Toreo asesino Re:Give him a chance (293 comments)

I came here to read about why this relatively unknown guy would clearly mean doom for MSFT, by people that have never worked there with very public disdain for pretty much all the products MS make.

I was not disappointed.

about 9 months ago
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Don Mattrick Leaves Microsoft To Become CEO At Zynga

Toreo asesino Re:From pits of sewage (100 comments)

I love coming to Slashdot to hear about why MSFT is doomed each day. I've been hearing it for years yet annoyingly, the MSFT share prices just won't tank. What a shame! I wonder if investors know something the anti-MS crowd on /. don't....hmm...

about a year ago
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Pondering the Future of a Re-Org'd Microsoft

Toreo asesino Re:Ballmer is a Great CEO (400 comments)

No, you showed me some text and a graph on Neowin that asserts Microsoft lost $10 billion over 2 years without a shred of evidence to back it up. Talk is cheap; this is no evidence of anything at all.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Reputation Manager's Guide To Xbox One

Toreo asesino Re:Damage control (611 comments)

It takes one to know one.

about a year ago
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Best Buy To Carve Out Space For Microsoft Stores

Toreo asesino Re:Interesting (214 comments)

The MSFT stock price disagrees with you.

about a year ago
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Pondering the Future of a Re-Org'd Microsoft

Toreo asesino Re:Ballmer is a Great CEO (400 comments)

You have no evidence to support the assertion Xbox hasn't broken even. That's where the discussion ends.

about a year ago
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Pondering the Future of a Re-Org'd Microsoft

Toreo asesino Re:Ballmer is a Great CEO (400 comments)

From the last quarter (Q3) - http://www.microsoft.com/investor/EarningsAndFinancials/Earnings/PressReleaseAndWebcast/FY13/Q3/default.aspx

"The Entertainment and Devices Division posted revenue of $2.53 billion, an increase of 56% from the prior year period. Adjusting for the recognition of revenue related to the Video Game Deferral, the division’s non-GAAP revenue increased 33% for the third quarter. Xbox LIVE now has over 46 million members worldwide, an 18% increase from the prior year period."

I call shenanigans.

about a year ago
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Pondering the Future of a Re-Org'd Microsoft

Toreo asesino Re:Ballmer is a Great CEO (400 comments)

Yeah there's been some failures as well as successes.

Xbox (still not broken even yet) quote>

Citation needed.

about a year ago

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Microsoft Ads Round 2: "I'm a PC!"

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "New adverts from Microsoft will be making their way onto the TV real soon now, and this time they're taking the Apple ads head-on; the message clearly being "I'm a PC and proud of it!". Feedback for the new set of ads seems to be far more positive than the Gates/Seinfeld ads as this batch seem to be far more to the point."
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Google Launches Web-Browser

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Designed to take on IE, FireFox, and the rest of them, Google is launching it's very own web-browser called "chrome" and will be appearing in beta form for Windows, with OSX and Linux flavours to come. "We realised... we needed to completely rethink the browser," said Google's Sundar Pichai in a blog post. The new browser will help Google take advantage of developments it is pushing online in rich web applications that are challenging traditional desktop programs."
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Ubuntu 8.10 Named - The Intrepid Ibex

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "The next Ubuntu distribution has been named as "The Intrepid Ibex" for the next release following Ubuntu 8.04 LTS; in turn to be released in April this year. FTA — "During the 8.10 cycle we will be venturing into interesting new territory, and we'll need the rugged adventurousness of a mountain goat to navigate tricky terrain. Our desktop offering will once again be a focal point as we re-engineer the user interaction model so that Ubuntu works as well on a high-end workstation as it does on a feisty little subnotebook. We'll also be reaching new peaks of performance — aiming to make the mobile desktop as productive as possible.""
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The setup behind Microsoft.com

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run (www.microsoft.com and update.microsoft.com). Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment. http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2007/12/13/microsoft-com-what-s-the-story.aspx"
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Microsoft Promoting Firefox PCs?

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "You might be forgiven that Microsoft only promotes it's own technologies, but a look at a recent press release to thousands of journalists promoting new Vista-based computers might suggest otherwise. Everything looks normal until you look closer at the photos of each machine; revealing Firefox is installed on each one.

A change of tact maybe, or just publishing error?"

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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Apple have released Safari for Windows XP and Vista. Currently only in beta 3 stage, it was announced during a conference of developers for Apple products in San Francisco, and shows Apple's clear intention of expanding the 4.9% market share Safari currently has.

Interestingly, Apple also claim their browser is almost 2x the speed of other browsers for html and JavaScript performance."

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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer has been interviewed about his thoughts on Apple's iPhone. It shouldn't be too much surprise to know he's not very impressed... Ballmer points out that the iPhone " or whatever it will ultimately be called, dependent on the outcome of Apple's battle with Cisco over the iPhone trademark " will start at five times as much as some phones on the market today that have similar features and functionality."
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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "ZDNet is reporting the French government is ditching their Microsoft platforms and going open-source — a total of 1,154 workstations in all. From the article:
"The study showed that open source software will from now on offer functionality adapted to the needs of MPs, and will allow us to make substantial savings despite the associated migration and training costs," the parliament said."
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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "It looks like the US is becomming increasing nanny-like with laws like Section 2252B (Title 18).

From the section...
"2252C: Misleading words or digital images on the Internet (a) IN GENERAL. — Whoever knowingly embeds words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a person into viewing material constituting obscenity shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 10 years. (b) MINORS. — Whoever knowingly embeds words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material harmful to minors on the Internet shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 20 years. (c) CONSTRUCTION. — For the purposes of this section, a word or digital image that clearly indicates the sexual content of the site, such as 'sex' or 'porn', is not misleading.""
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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  about 8 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "As part of the Windows Longhorn Server releases, Microsoft intend on providing 'core' versions of these too without any of the extra 'fluff' normally bundled into a normal Windows Server install. The hacked out elements include any kind of GUI, all the integrated application (IE, Outlook, Media Player) — just the bare essentials and support for networking tools (file-sharing, active directory, DNS server, etc), and as such is administered from the command-line only.

This approach is more inline with the *nix server philosophy of 'less is more' — the idea being that the less there is in the system, the less things can go wrong."
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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes "It would appear Microsoft are tightening the screws on their up & coming DRM platform; Windows Media Player 11 removes the right to move music from one machine to another, as according to their website, "Windows Media Player 11 does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses)".

Worse in fact, If you rip your own CDs and the 'Copy protect music' option is turned on WMP will require you to, in their words..."connect to a Microsoft Web page that explains how to restore your rights a limited number of times.""
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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Toreo asesino (951231) writes " Windows Vista RC1 has been made available to the general public, with keys available here.

There are various websites that report this build is far more stable than previous builds, but as Microsoft themselves have said "quality will continue to improve. We'll keep plugging away on application compatibility, as well as fit and finish, until RTM"

These builds are set to expire on June 1st 2007."
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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Toreo asesino writes "There has been lots of debate in the past few days over Microsoft's plan to make the startup sound in Windows Vista something that can't be specifically silenced by changing the sound settings in the control panel. Users would be able to avoid hearing it by manually turning down the speaker volume, but then they would have to turn that volume back up to hear anything else."
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Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Toreo asesino writes "Microsoft has offered developer assistance to Mozilla to ensure both the Firefox browser and Thunderbird email-client run under the pending Windows Vista. This was announced by Sam Ramji, director at the 'Open Source Software Lab' in Microsoft, on Google Groups

From the posting: "I am the Director of the Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft, and I'm writing to see if you are open to some 1:1 support in getting Firefox and Thunderbird to run on Vista.
...
In the past the company has only invited commercial software developers to these labs. I'm committed to evolving our thinking beyond commercial companies to include open source projects, so I went to the non-trivial effort of getting slots for non-commercial open source projects."

Is Microsoft finally beginning to play nice with open-source or are there ulterior motives at work here?"

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Vista SP2 is Released to Manufacturing

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2 has gone gold.

Key features include: Windows Search 4.0, Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology, ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista, Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration, and SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.

The update is the same for both Vista and Windows Server 2008

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iTunes 8 causing Vista BSODs & Lockups

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Windows users installing iTunes 8 might get more than they bargained for with this lastest iTunes incarnation. With it now comes the normal Quicktime & Bonjour service, but also now MobileMe, a new USB driver, and crucially GEARAspiWDM.sys - a CD/DVD writing driver with a history of causing STOP errors. This new iTunes version has already cause stability complaints and there's no warning about any driver modifications in the update/install process.

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Inside the FOSS Lab in Microsoft HQ

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Port 25 on Technet have given a glimpse into the FOSS lab at Microsoft, with some photos to boot.

FTFA: "To some folks outside of Microsoft, the Open-Source Software Lab has been a sort of mysterious place. A place where we study Linux and open-source software, cursing our enemies while brewing our malevolent plans to combat those nasty FOSS developers."

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SharePoint Becoming a Must-Have for Business

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Microsoft's SharePoint Server is on a billion dollar juggernaut to potentially become the next must-have technology, offering companies tools for building everything from collaborative applications to Internet sites and potentially handing Microsoft its next cash cow.

First introduced in 2001 to less than lukewarm reviews as SharePoint Portal Server. In 2003, a stripped down version was offered for free as part of Windows Server 2003 R2, which made it easy for users to test drive the software and soon end-user created team worksites began popping up all over corporate networks.

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Quake 3 Ported to .Net - Runs Faster

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago The Quake 3 engine has been ported to managed C++ .Net 3.5 from native C by a Microsoftie named Greg Dolley who discussed the operation on his blog and posted the source-code on-line.

After the migration was complete, the timedemos showed a slight increase in game performance (see comments).

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First look at FireFox 3 UI Changes

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago The proposed new icons for FireFox 3 have been released for a sneak peek over at Alex Faaborg's blog. A key new feature in FireFox 3 is how it will blend natively into each environment, thus there are four sets of icons effectively; one for Vista, XP, OSX, and Linux.

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Visual Studio 2008 + .Net 3.5 Gone Gold

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 6 years ago Visual Studio 2008 and the .Net 3.5 runtime has gone gold and has been made available for download on MSDN.

Key to the new releases are LINQ (a unified query language system for SQL, XML and other relational data sources), new templates for the Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and a new feature in Visual Studio, .Net version targeting for development projects.

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First Details of Windows 7 Emerge

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  about 7 years ago Some small but significant details of the next major release of Windows have emerged via a presentation at the University of Illinois by Microsoft engineer Eric Traut. His presentation focuses on an internal project called "MinWin"; designed to optimise the Windows kernel to a minimum footprint, and for which will be the basis for the Windows 7 kernel.

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Microsoft No Longer a 'Laughingstock' of Security?

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago Computerworld have a Q&A with Scott Charney, the vice president of Trustworthy Computing (TwC) at Microsoft. He suggests that, while not perfect, the security in Microsoft products has moved on from being the "laughing stock" on the IT industry to something more respectable, thanks in large to the new Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) implemented in development practises nearly six years ago.

So, to the masses at large, do you agree or disagree?

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Ms Client Platform

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

As it turns out, the client offerings from Microsoft aren't doing so bad after all.

To summarise, Office 2007 is doing the best with the new interface proving to be far less a learning curve than originally feared (in fact people find it much easier - shock/horror/etc)
Vista still isn't doing so well of course, I expect because of the incompatibilities that are still being ironed out.

Of course none of this is particularly news as such. Neither product was going to fail, being market leaders and so on. Maybe one day Linux will be a threat to Windows and OOffice a threat to MS Office (which I find far less likely), but not for now it would appear. Vista has been slow in the uptake, doubtless, but that's Microsoft's own fault for releasing it too early and expecting people to believe "it will just work". Better late than never.

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Vista Misunderstood

Toreo asesino Toreo asesino writes  |  more than 7 years ago

One of the common misconceptions I've noticed with open-sorcerers is the validity and purpose of Vista. This is based not only from comments on /. but also conversations with friends based heavily in the open-source world. The comments of most open-source people can be divided into two categories; pure FUDers, and simple misunderstanding - often fed by FUDers. Well, here's my take on it...

The Vista 'upgrade' is, by most accounts a ground-up re-write of the most popular operating system on the planet that runs the biggest selection of software on the planet. As mentioned before in comments on this site, the changes are fundamental from a technical aspect - ranging from a completely new driver model to a re-written network stack. A fairly comprehensive list is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_features_new_to_Windows_Vista
The decision to do this is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because the new changes are genuinely beneficial - improved kernel scheduling, better separation between driver & kernel code, improved engrained security and so on. However, currently, because of the relative freshness of the Vista code-base, it is also a curse because of the incompatibilities these changes raise in everything from driver binaries to utility apps that sit in your system-tray that can no longer "just write to the registry" without causing havoc, as you could in the shit old days when every man + dog was a local admin.

Now, for all the changes under the hood that Vista represents, does it present a reason to upgrade from XP? Well, the answer is 'no' of course - improved kernels alone don't arrant switching from a perfectly stable system. Nor does the flashy new Aero interface. In fact, I can't personally think of any reason why you'd want to convert a working OS into an unstable code-base that's been in use in production for less than 12 months.

The thing is, Vista is the OS for computers being built now and in the future. Microsoft is clearly only as big as they are now in part because of their dominance in the OEM channels; it is there they lay the groundwork for further Microsoft software to be sold.

It's a mutual relationship too of course - the OEM's want a platform that is going to run their odd boxes of magical hardware combinations with the least hassle and that will let their customers run the most software written by any Joe in his garage. Windows does that, and very well too. Proof in point is the game I'm playing right now - C a game over 10 years old, running just fine unmodified on Windows XP SP2. Could you run StarOffice from 10 years ago on Ubuntu Linux without manual modifying a single file? I think not.

But anyway, why Vista in particular? Why not XP if it works? Vista is, if nothing else, a multimedia upgrade from XP by a significant amount. It makes the bargain OEM machines look like they're not so crappy after all (Microsoft has invested billions into just how Vista looks and feels, and it shows). Not only that but you can (in theory) walk into a shop, but some 20euro game/utility for yourself and it'll probably work on Vista (probably less likely right now, but a situation that will improve). Vista/Windows is also just happens to be supported by a huge multi-billion dollar company too - OEMs have someone to sound off at when/if things go wrong.
And that is all OEM's care about - that their machines look impressive, their customers can put their own crapware on it, and that there's someone to whine about when it goes wrong. The OEM's are driving here, not Microsoft - no one buys an OS no matter how cool the backgrounds! It's the OEMs that Vista was made for in my opinion - no one cares about the new kernel enhancements in real life, they are simply evolutionary steps that possibly should've been there in the first place. Not that they go unappreciated of course, but that's another matter.

So why make kernel changes if no-one will notice in the first place? Well, some reasons include avoiding negative press - the limp security aspect of Windows previous for instance caused a right storm in the press over various holes in the OS. Second, every system has to grow in all directions. Look at Linux for instance...with almost every new build of the kernel comes newer and more efficient ways of crunching data & managing resource - the difference is changes in Linux are more of a trickle. Windows needs to keep up, but gets major overhauls rather than trickle increments which is one reason for compatibility issues as mentioned earlier.

Also, DRM. Vista supports more DRM encoded material than previous versions (which too support most DRM media). It does not convert your normal media (mp3s, jpg images, avi videos) into DRM encoded versions. It just doesn't. However, if you come by some DRM media, Vista will be able to play/view it assuming you have the rights to. It's no big deal.

The Vista upgrade in many ways reminds me of the Windows 98 > XP upgrade. That too was a huge step too, except that Windows 2000 had been out previously for business mainly that took most of the compatibility stings out of the process. Still, there was plenty of wailing & gnashing of teeth when users took this jump. It worked out fine in the end, and certainly for the better. The same will be true of Vista.

So, to conclude: Vista is an upgrade from XP visually & technically. In my opinion, it does not warrant purchasing if you have another OS running fine, but more importantly it is there to make the OEMs look good; which are the people that will really sell Vista anyway. The issues being experienced by the new changes are temporary; it will not always be this way - things will only get better with the advent of properly written software, mature drivers, and possibly a service-pack.

I can't wait for Vienna to come around so I can hear all about people protesting by saying "Sod Vienna, I'm sticking with trusty Vista!"

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