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Windows Vista : killing the PC market ?

A detailed analysis of how the next OS from Microsft could kill the PC market and have disastrous side effects on other platforms, resulting in an increase of development costs and decrease of performance.

It's a quite long analysis, a bit technical, but very interesting and, well, a bit scary...

"Windows Vista includes an extensive reworking of core OS elements in order to
provide content protection for so-called "premium content", typically HD data
from Blu-Ray and HD-DVD sources. Providing this protection incurs
considerable costs in terms of system performance, system stability, technical
support overhead, and hardware and software cost. These issues affect not
only users of Vista but the entire PC industry, since the effects of the
protection measures extend to cover all hardware and software that will ever
come into contact with Vista, even if it's not used directly with Vista (for
example hardware in a Macintosh computer or on a Linux server). This document
analyses the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral
damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry."
Follow the link to see the details...

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BIadestarX3668d ago

A similar article comes out everytime a new windows OS it's released. Why? Because some people would like Microsoft to go bankrup so Open source OS systems like linux can have a better chance and those few people that fix/repair/support these OS can charge you $300 and hour to do so. Here is the fact: If a company make a better or more apealing product people will buy it. i.e. Microsoft has more money than Apple and that didn't stop them from taking the entire mp3 player industry. Instead of trying to convince people not to buy a product with all these paranoia bull (Since this kind of protection for premium content is what the people generating this content are asking for in order to pretect their intellectual property). Why don't linux developer lead in this and everything else? How come they don't have a solution for content protection that the market needs?

Microsoft is doing something about this, people are complaining and trying to find flaws on it. how about @#$@#$ microsoft! Show us your solution, how about instead of complains on how wrong microsoft is doing this; you all your linux geniuses show us what you got? The guy who wrote this article it's obviously smart enough to point all the flaws, so how about showing us Plan B, how can the same be done the most effective way. I'm sure everyone will jump in.

MicroGamer3668d ago

in a post concerning HDCP and the HD-DVD player a month ago. This mass revocation of device drivers is really going to kill Microsoft because it punishes people who have done nothing wrong and can lead to life threatening situations. How would like your local police department computers or the 911 emergency system shut down because someone half way around the world tried to burn a CD using PC with onboard audio similar to the one used by your local police?? How would you like to be a cancer patient having imaging done and the computer in the hospital suffers image degradation because someone, somewhere, is trying to copy a movie using the same video card that the hospital uses?? How about our military forces in the field?? What happens if they are in combat and their tanks suddenly stop running because of a generic component onboard that got it's driver revoked?? On the less critical side, how would you like to spend $1500 on a pair of SLi video cards and then some moron goes and gets the drivers revoked and now you and everyone else with that model card is staring at a black screen??

Raist3667d ago

Yeah, it's pretty usual that each new windows gets his critics, but if actually read the article, you'd see that MS is pushing a bit too far with Vista...