Microsoft has big plans in store for its Windows Vista
operating system. The company released a release candidate version of Service
Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Vista in mid-November. SP1 is supposed to address
a number of performance-related issues with Vista and includes a number of
security update and bug fixes that have been rolled out since the operating
system launched over a year ago.
In addition to the previously mentioned SP1 features,
Microsoft is looking to make pirating Vista a tougher endeavor. The Redmond,
Washington-based company says that new measures
introduced with SP1 will further reduce piracy -- piracy for Vista is already
less than half that of Windows XP according to Microsoft.
One loophole that Microsoft will close is the current method
of extending the "grace period" to activate Vista. Original versions
of the exploit allowed users to extend
the grace period from 30 days to 120 days. Later variations of the hack extended
the grace period to a full year, while yet another extended the grace
period to the year 2099.
"Under this new system, no features will be disabled.
Instead it will be a notification-based experience similar in some ways to what
we have done with XP. A user of a system that has not been activated and gone
through the 30-day grace period to activate will, when logging in on the 31st
day, see a dialog box on a plain black background," said Microsoft group
product manager Alex Kochis.
"That will give them two options: Activate Windows now,
which will bring up all the options to do this, and activate Windows later,
which takes them directly to their desktop, which will be exactly the same as
it had been the last time they used it, except that there will be a plain black
background and a message in the lower right hand corner over the system tray
telling them that their copy of Windows is not genuine," Kochis continued.
Microsoft will also put a stop to the OEM BIOS exploit which
allows unscrupulous Vista pirates to edit systems files and a motherboard's
BIOS to fool Windows into thinking that it is installed in a genuine OEM
These latest additions to Vista, however, will do little to
quell those who continue to rally behind Microsoft's venerable Windows XP
operating system. Due to customer demand, Microsoft extended
the shelf life of Windows XP and has given OEMs the ability to
provide Windows XP downgrades for customers who are unhappy with their new
Windows Vista-based machines. In addition, recent testing has shown that Vista
SP1 is no
match for Windows XP SP3 in OfficeBench performance which gotten much play
around the web.
Not surprisingly, Apple has pounced on Microsoft's Vista
woes and has a number
commercials which poke
fun at Vista's "inferiority" to Windows XP.
quote: Not just because you know how to use it means it's easy for everyone else.
quote: Where are your programs stored? Program Files.
quote: Where do you add a printer? Add a Printer in the Control Panel.
quote: I don't know about you but I hate the command line.
quote: My dad is computer illiterate. He can barely use Windows. If I put Linux in front of him, he'd probably have a heart attack.
quote: Ok. If you Linux PC came from an OEM (ie. Dell or other) they will be your single point of contact for all your problems.
quote: HP does a lot more than talk about open source--we're a solutions provider, active user, and a longstanding supporter of the community that drives it. Today, more than 2,500 developers across the company are focused on Linux and open source projects. Over 6,500 service professionals worldwide are involved in the implementation and support of Linux and open source projects. And HP has over 200 shipping products with embedded open source software.
quote: Expecting the dream of free software to ever prosper is hopeless
quote: The argument that Windows is more "usable" or "intuitive" than Linux is pure FUD. It may seem that way to someone more familiar with Windows and that's the ONLY reason. So to each their own I say. If they used Linux before using Windows then it would seem the other way around. To those of us who have used PCs since MS-DOS and before, going from Windows to Linux now shouldn't be unintuitive at all.
quote: The best hope for Linux is for a large player to productize it.
quote: A computer can be infected or crashed due to a combination of factors, in most cases it is either user error, system bugs or a lack of security from the OS itself:Vista 20% user error, 20% security, 60% bugsXP 60% user 25% security, 15% bugsOSX 70% user, 20% security, 10% bugsLinux 98.9% user, 0.1% security, 1% bugsThis is an overall generalized basis but it explains my point
quote: way over your head
quote: yes I did just make it up but it is simply to make a point which flew way over your head... the numbers were made up, fictional, fake but used to prove a point.
quote: quote: A computer can be infected or crashed due to a combination of factors, in most cases it is either user error, system bugs or a lack of security from the OS itself: Vista 20% user error, 20% security, 60% bugs XP 60% user 25% security, 15% bugs OSX 70% user, 20% security, 10% bugs Linux 98.9% user, 0.1% security, 1% bugs This is an overall generalized basis but it explains my pointTranslation: I just made the data up to support my viewpoint.
quote: Also he loves .NET because its a fabulous development environment.
quote: Solution? Pay for Linux support!
quote: Most probably the quality of that support will be higher than where ever you were getting your Windows support.
quote: Based on an informal survey of Linux users that I know
quote: Talk about jumping to conclusions! How did you get to that?
quote: I wonder what percentage of Linux users pay for a support contract. Based on an informal survey of Linux users that I know, I'd guess that the number is pretty small.
quote: Maybe commercial Linux support will work, but so far it has obviously not set the world on fire, has it? Linux desktop marketshare is still practically zero.
quote: Ok so your sample population is not a very good average sampling then.
quote: How's this for windows usability: why do ALL my computer illiterate friends running windows bring their computers to me to clean off all the spyware and viruses every 3 months?
quote: If you're looking for a feature that hasn't been written yet in Linux, you make a request and there's good chances that within 5 months it'll be fully implemented for free.
quote: If they don't get it, I deliberately stall before I fix it for them, just to emphasize their mistake and prolong their withdrawal. They get the point quickly, I think, when they're desperate.
quote: What about the Eee PC? It's recording huge sales and it runs Xandros. Mac OS X proved that Unix based operating systems can be made easy to use and fully functional for average users.
quote: The average user hates Windows with a passion.
quote: All it takes is something like Vista to push everyone to other OSes.
quote: Bottom line is that the OS should be open and "transparent to the user."
quote: But its nothing thats a real problem.
quote: XP runs faster on a 1GHz Athlon with 256MB of RAM and onboard video than Vista does on a nice new Dell XPS with QX6700, 2GB DDR3 and SLI 8800GTX