Speaking of ruining the industry, religious wars and having to explain oneself as soon as it becomes clear what browser or operating system you prefer to use are doing a pretty good job of ruining it for me. I, and many people I know, are pretty tired of the fact that nowadays you can only talk politics, rather than tech.
Okay, I thought this was going to be a discussion on facts, rather than spin and FUD. Until you actually counter my points rather than bring up new stuff every post, I call troll.
foxbar wrote:The worst sign of all? Team Paradox just cracked Vista's activation, and NO ONE CARES.
What does this have to do with the article?
foxbar wrote:He's not saying that, he's saying it should be easy.
No he's not. He's saying that it's nearly impossible to buy a PC without Windows. Read the article again.
foxbar wrote:Remember how easy it was to buy a Commodore, Atari or Apple II computer 20 years ago? It should be that easy again today. You should be able to call any online retailer or walk into any store anywhere and be able to buy a computer with free Linux on it.
True. But it's almost as easy. You can walk into any store here and buy a PC without an OS right now. Free Linux on it is something you'll still have to cater for yourself, but that's a small extra step towards the same result.
foxbar wrote:People are unhappy, and it has nothing to do with technical superiority or a slick UI.
This has absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand.
The article doesn't really do anything for me either way, but here's some things I thought were remarkable:
The article wrote:The Free Software Foundation, taking advantage of what it says is the rejection of Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system...
"We see Microsoft Vista as being a failure," said Peter Brown, FSF executive director, in an interview Friday.
Of course, dear.
The article wrote:"People aren't buying new hardware because of Vista."
Is that a fact?
The article wrote:As things stand now, it's nearly impossible to purchase a computer without pre-installed Microsoft software, says Brown. "The vendors that do offer such systems usually discourage their purchase by hiding them."
Really? At Dell, maybe. I never understood this problem. I can walk into any PC store here and buy a PC without an OS. Pre-built, custom built, you name it. Any store here that offers pc components also offers a 'let us build it for you' service. Or if you don't want to pick and choose you can just buy some of the standard configurations and choose wether or not you want them to pre-install stuff.
I mean, there's just so much more out there than Dell. Why does the FSF seem to think that you can -only- buy PC's from these OEMs?
That's an interesting problem. Simple passwords people can remember, or strong passwords written down? I guess it boils down to wether you are more prone to a break-in and people rifling through other people's desks, or a remote dictionary attack.
I'd personally like to see stuff like fingerprint readers become more widespread, since they allow for incredibly strong passwords without the need to memorize them. But with Microsoft not even supporting their own fingerprint readers, I don't see it happening soon.
sirhomer wrote:Maybe Microsoft should counter it (or pay the OEMs to do it)? Microsoft has the OEMs by the balls, I'm sure they would love to all switch to a free and infinitely configurable desktop OS in the future, instead of promoting someone elses product.
Wouldn't they still be promoting someone else's product, then? I mean, unless Dell made DellOS, that is.
Anyway, relevance to the topic?