[Beowulf] Sidebar: Vista Rant

andrew holway andrew at moonet.co.uk
Tue Jul 17 20:43:07 EDT 2007


I wonder how long it will be before XP is open source........
I will not doubt XP's superiority in the desktop market. Although it
is not for me(I really hate putty) I do recognise it as a stable
platform for business use.

Linux still falls short in the desktop market. As a novice home user
it is best avoided. This will change when hardware vendors pick up the
ball.

Its weird but it seems that the commercialisation of MS somehow makes it work?

If the apple desktop was ported to linux i think Microsoft would be
dead in the water. Gnome is crap and kde is buggy.

macuntu?

Andy
moonet.co.uk

On 17/07/07, Robert G. Brown <rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Jul 2007, Ariel Sabiguero Yawelak wrote:
>
> >   4. USE WITH VIRTUALIZATION TECHNOLOGIES. You may not use the
> >   software installed on the
> >   licensed device within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware
> >   system.
>
> I thought you had to just go one notch up from home to the business
> version to get virtualization licensing.  But yes, you remind me that if
> I do choose to boot Vista (from its hard disk) under VMware, I will be
> breaking the law.
>
> Another really excellent reason to go with XP.  Although MS is doubtless
> terrified of virtualization on general principles.  It should be.  Like
> I said, Windows on a memory stick, totally portable, totally frozen,
> totally anonymous.  You can even run it on a private (in-system) network
> and enable NAT or network contact only through a filtered virtual
> firewall.  Invisible and undetectable.
>
> But it's all fine with me.  The more expensive Windows gets, the greater
> the incentive not to use it, the greater the cost advantage to running
> linux instead.
>
>     rgb
>
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