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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    Fragmentation eh? I better ditch Windows and install Mint, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, Mandriva, Puppy, PCLinixOS, Edubuntu or Arch on my system. The question is, which desktop manager should I choose and which Kernel to I need to run my software?
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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    Quote Originally Posted by mr john View Post
    Fragmentation eh? I better ditch Windows and install Mint, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, Mandriva, Puppy, PCLinixOS, Edubuntu or Arch on my system. The question is, which desktop manager should I choose and which Kernel to I need to run my software?
    This is true, but most applications will run just fine across them. Direct X is kind of a bigger deal than whether you run KDE or Gnome.

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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    This is true, but most applications will run just fine across them. Direct X is kind of a bigger deal than whether you run KDE or Gnome.
    Ever tried running Firefox 16 out of the box on Ubuntu 10.4?

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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    Quote Originally Posted by mr john View Post
    Ever tried running Firefox 16 out of the box on Ubuntu 10.4?
    Runs fine for me. Firefox 16.0.2, in fact.

    The only thing you need to do after a clean install of 10.04 is check for updates and that version will be installed.
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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    OpenGL ftw.
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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    Quote Originally Posted by Merk42 View Post
    This is nothing new.
    DirectX 10 was Vista exclusive
    DirectX 8.1 was Windows XP exclusive

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directx#Releases
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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    so openGL is fully compatible with ubuntu 6.06?

    the way i see it, is that linux is no different. i doubt all new games work with all Ubuntu version so far. usually oyu need to have this or that X installed and such things.

    microsoft was preety backward compatible as well as the programmes running on it. if you try to run old linux porgramme you will get into problems. especially since the libraries will be misisng or will be hard to get.
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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    Quote Originally Posted by JDShu View Post
    I heard that Microsoft has years of technical debt due to their emphasis on backward compatibility. While it offered large advantages to windows application developers, it was probably unsustainable in the long run.
    windows 7 and windows 8 are very similar under the hood, there is no technical reason for them to make dx 11.1 win8 only, its totally abritrary.

    I completely understood it when they made dx10 vista-only, because both vista and dx10 were total redesign, and dx10 was designed around vista's new driver model, so porting dx10 to xp wouldn't be feasible, but making 11.1 win8 only is ms just forcing it arbitrarily.
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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    Quote Originally Posted by mr john View Post
    Fragmentation eh? I better ditch Windows and install Mint, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Red Hat, Mandriva, Puppy, PCLinixOS, Edubuntu or Arch on my system. The question is, which desktop manager should I choose and which Kernel to I need to run my software?
    Well, on any of those distros you can run any Linux-based software, you just may need to pull a ton of dependencies.

    It's different than forced obsolescence, like you find in the Apple and now Windows world.

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    Re: Microsoft forces fragmentation - DirectX 11.1 exclusive to W8

    No game developers will decide in the next few months to release DirectX 11.1 games only.

    As all new PC's being sold from now on will have windows 8 preloaded on them by the time some new FPS engine requires features only found on DirectX 11.1 hardware most gamers already have it installed.

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