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[News] GNU/Linux Grows as Windows Reportedly Reaches Death

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Opinion: Windows' days may be numbered

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| Some very interesting documents have been leaking out of Microsoft. They 
| clearly indicate, believe it or not, that Microsoft is considering shifting 
| its users from Windows to a new operating system: Midori.  
| And, when I say "new," I mean new. This isn't the kind of lip-service change 
| that we saw with David Cutler and NT or Jim Allchin and Vista. Midori, under 
| Eric Rudder, senior vice president for technical strategy, isn't a cosmetic 
| change; it's a completely new operating system.    
| [...]
| Now, you may not believe that the Linux desktop or the Mac is really taking 
| market share from Windows, but they are. In the U.K., Linux was preinstalled 
| on 2.9% of all PCs sold in June. Meanwhile, 14% of all PCs sold in the U.S. 
| are Macs. People are no longer mindlessly buying Windows systems, and 
| Microsoft knows that.     


Microsoft prepares for end of Windows

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| "Breaking with the legacy of a product that first shipped 23 years ago seems 
| wholly necessary in terms of keeping the product manageable and in sync with 
| computing’s state of the art," Brust says. "If Midori isn’t real, then I 
| imagine something of this nature still must be in the works. It’s absolutely 
| as necessary, if not more so, to Microsoft’s survival as their initiatives 
| around internet advertising, search and cloud computing offerings."     


Without backward compatibility, there's no reason to be stuck with Windows.
Vista proved it. People start looking elsewhere.

Windows is no longer maintainable. Good night, Windows.


More than half of Microsoft Vista needs re-writing 

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| "Up to 60% of the code in the new consumer version of Microsoft new Vista
| operating system is set to be rewritten..."


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| "In the long years since XP was launched, Apple have come out with five
| major upgrades to OS X, upgrades which (dare I say it?) install with about
| as much effort as it takes to brush your teeth in the morning. No nightmare
| calls to tech-support, no sudden hardware incompatibilities, no hassle. Why
| hasn't Microsoft kept up? Unmaintainable"
| "Right now, Microsoft has nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. After all 
| the hype surrounding Vista, the Emperor has finally been revealed in all 
| his naked glory. Some folks have been predicting the demise of Microsoft. I
| wouldn't go that far, but I am wondering how we?re ever going to take
| Microsoft seriously again?"


A history of Microsoft Windows - the inside story exposed 

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| 2004: (...)
| THE MANAGEMENT: "What do you mean it still doesn't work? Try
| harder!"
| 2005: (...)
| "MAKE IT WORK! FOR GOD'S SAKE, MAKE IT WORK! Well, throw it away
| and use the server version then, that seems all right. Look, they
| won't know the difference, drop the database stuff, nobody remembers
| what we said in 1995 now! That was ten years ago! "Apple has what?
| 3D acceleration? So, we have DirectX. What, in the desktop? Really?
| What, even Stallman's beardie-weirdies have it? Oh hell. Right, you
| lot, make it look like this!"
| 2006: Windows Vista
| THE MANAGEMENT: "Look, if we trickle it out to those mugs, I mean,
| valued customers who've already paid, we can say we released it this
| year and it'll buy us some more time..."
| 2007: No, really Windows Vista, honest
| MARKETING DEPT: "Never mind the features, look at it! Isn't it shiny?
| Yes! Pretty!" 


Microsoft cuts Windows virtualization features

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| The company is changing three key features of the hypervisor
| technology to try to stick to its schedule of releasing the
| technology within 180 days of completing its Windows Server
| "Longhorn" operating system, due to be finalized before the
| end of the year.


Microsoft admits Vista screwed - report 

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| Vista SP1 is code named "Fiji", presumably after a pretty looking
| island which is paralysed by coups.
| In a statement regarding the service pack Microsoft admits that
| Vista has "high impact" problems.


MS Insider: The Office Crew Isn't Smart Enough to Supplant Real Windows

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| "With Alchin retiring, MarkL and MarkZ, two of the most talented
| architects in MS already having left, the picture gets really
| ugly for the Windows division," my friend claimed, and the BV's
| core team members, Ian McDonald, Jack Mayo, Todd Wanke, Clyde
| Rodriguez and others are starting to connect the dots.
| [...]
| He concluded ominously. "A trainwreck of biblical proportions looms.
| Pick a good seat on the sidelines, trainwrecks this large take
| awhile to complete. Vista may be the last MS OS for some time to
| come, especially if Cutler decides to play hardball."

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