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darkwarrior0404
April 5th, 2006, 12:23 PM
Somewhere I heard the price on Microsoft's new OS is supposed to be 99$ But there are like 6 different versions of Vista supposedly sposed to come out, I think the dramatic price drop is to slack down on people making duplicate copies of xp and distributing it lol, but how long has XP been on the market, and the prices are still outrageous.. all I know for sure, is that I'm keeping Ubuntu on my main pc and probably end up keeping it dual booted with XP.. seriously doubt i'll upgrade to vista.

Frankenchrist
May 1st, 2006, 04:02 AM
I agree. I can't believe there hasn't been a serious price drop in the last few years. It's still like $150 bucks OEM in the shops and still $300 at Best Buy for the full version. Those are rectum-stretching prices. On top of the fact that they treat you like a criminal every time you have to reinstall and call them and read ridiculously long activation code that would make an autistic's nose bleed, only to have to do it all over again if you install a new motherboard or change your multiplier too much...AAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH ](*,)
I think if the open source community would start some sort of television ad campaign to get people to at least try linux on an old computer or a sluggish laptop.... ](*,)
Vista, Yeah....sounds like a headache, at this point Microsoft will have to find a way to make it give me a happy ending whilst I be lookin' at some porn or I'll just stick with linux...

az
May 1st, 2006, 11:25 AM
Even if it were given away for free, it would still be proprietary.

I like the freedom to be able to use, study, modify and redistribute the software that runs in my computer.

darkwarrior0404
May 1st, 2006, 10:55 PM
Totally agree'd.. the only good XP I've seen is XP Pro w/ service pack 2.. dont have to register or do all that other lame stuff, I figure, hey, I pay 300 bucks for a cd, I want to do what I want to with it... even if that does mean making 900 duplicate copies of it and spreading it around the world :twisted: doesn't sound like a bad idea ;) make Microsoft beg for mercy :twisted: lol, but yeah, I checked out some screenshots from vista and honestly, it looks like windows XP with a theme.. or a microsoft & some type of unix based os look to it.. not worth 100 bucks to me, stickin with linux here :mrgreen:

plut0n
May 5th, 2006, 05:29 PM
Dont believe that microsoft is able to do something good.... Even if price was 10$, I would think 100 times: do I really need this product?

krusbjorn
May 5th, 2006, 05:35 PM
I checked out some screenshots from vista and honestly, it looks like windows XP with a theme.. or a microsoft & some type of unix based os look to it.. not worth 100 bucks to me, stickin with linux here :mrgreen:
You can say a lot of things about Vista, but judging an OS based on the default look has never been trustworthy ;) I havent read lots of articles or run any beta release, but it's what under the hood that counts, not the default theme.

darkwarrior0404
May 5th, 2006, 05:41 PM
You can say a lot of things about Vista, but judging an OS based on the default look has never been trustworthy ;) I havent read lots of articles or run any beta release, but it's what under the hood that counts, not the default theme.


True... if I judged an OS on default look, I would have ran like a bat out of hell away from some versions of Linux lol. I just don't see paying MS allllllll the money they ask for for another OS, it's to much trouble as it is with having to call them every time I have to put a Microsoft product on one of my computer's saying the serial key is been used to much.. I like XP don't get me wrong, and yeah I do use microsoft products alot, but Linux has gotten addicting ;)

tommyonthenet
April 24th, 2007, 06:14 PM
I agree. I can't believe there hasn't been a serious price drop in the last few years. It's still like $150 bucks OEM in the shops and still $300 at Best Buy for the full version. Those are rectum-stretching prices. On top of the fact that they treat you like a criminal every time you have to reinstall and call them and read ridiculously long activation code that would make an autistic's nose bleed, only to have to do it all over again if you install a new motherboard or change your multiplier too much...AAAAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH ](*,)
I think if the open source community would start some sort of television ad campaign to get people to at least try linux on an old computer or a sluggish laptop.... ](*,)
Vista, Yeah....sounds like a headache, at this point Microsoft will have to find a way to make it give me a happy ending whilst I be lookin' at some porn or I'll just stick with linux...

It'd make an Autistic's nose bleed? I doubt that being I'm Autistic and I've activated more then my fair share of licenses... Maybe try something a little less insensitive in the future, please. It's not funny, nor clever using terms like that. Quite offensive, if anything.

tehbeermang
April 24th, 2007, 10:53 PM
My XP installations have that Genuine Advantage "thing", not for the lack of a better term.

They "call home" if they detect new hardware. I changed video cards and monitors on my desktop, it told me I had significant hardware changes since installing the operating system, it needed to validate my license. Enter the green scrollbar...

The ultimate irony is that there are cracks available for unlicensed WinXP installations to validate at WindowsUpdate but not call home, so "criminals" can get away with unlicensed software, and those who play by the rules (though one may or may not agree with them) end up being treated like a... well, criminal.

Ridiculous enough to make me want to come over here.

nightstalker76
May 13th, 2007, 08:56 PM
Vista, Yeah....sounds like a headache, at this point Microsoft will have to find a way to make it give me a happy ending whilst I be lookin' at some porn or I'll just stick with linux...

sounds like a headache I agree :lolflag:

tim1980
June 10th, 2007, 10:27 AM
you guys and girls might like these articles:

http://www.osgui.com/microsoft-corporation/criticism-of-windows-vista-4.html

Criticism of Microsoft has followed the company's existence because of various aspects of its products and business practices. Ease of use, stability, and security of the company's software are common targets for critics. More recently, Trojan horses and other exploits have plagued numerous users due to faults in the security of Microsoft Windows and other programs. Microsoft is also accused of locking vendors into their products, and of not following and complying with existing standards in its software. Total cost of ownership comparisons of Linux as well as Mac OS X to Windows are a continuous point of debate.

The company has been in numerous lawsuits by several governments and other companies for unlawful monopolistic practices. In 2004, the European Union found Microsoft guilty in a highly publicized anti-trust case. Additionally, Microsoft's EULA for some of its programs is often criticized as being too restrictive as well as being against Open Source Software.
Criticism of the company has resulted in it being deemed "the evil empire" by some. In a sci-fi allusion, Microsoft has also been called "The Borg" after the fictional race of aliens in the Star Trek universe. It reflects the perception that Microsoft often acquires technology from other companies rather than developing it in-house, as well as to Microsoft's ability to adapt to and overwhelm its opponents' strategies.

gordon58
June 11th, 2007, 09:16 PM
I needed a new computer for wifi.. and it came with Vista. my wife ended up with the same. My question to myself now is.. Why did I not by an Apple? or use one I have? Or, better yet, load a laptop with Linux and run Wine for empire Earth.. the only thing I seem to use a Windoze machine for..oh yea, and synching my Tungsten palm thing. So, how does it run? ha ha ha ha ha.. it is so completely slow and terrible that I am not really sure what to do. But its all mine now..oh boy.

meman63
June 14th, 2007, 08:13 PM
I believe I will wait for the first service pack for Vista before I give it a go.

Longhorn server(2007 Server Edition)may be a nice addition,though.

Cheers,
Meman63

mysticrider92
June 17th, 2007, 09:43 PM
Criticism of Microsoft has followed the company's existence because of various aspects of its products and business practices. Ease of use, stability, and security of the company's software are common targets for critics. More recently, Trojan horses and other exploits have plagued numerous users due to faults in the security of Microsoft Windows and other programs. Microsoft is also accused of locking vendors into their products, and of not following and complying with existing standards in its software. Total cost of ownership comparisons of Linux as well as Mac OS X to Windows are a continuous point of debate.
You know, that post sounds a lot like a newspaper article. ;)

I think the same thing that happened in the early days of computing with "IBM and the seven dwarfs" is happening now with operating systems. Except this time, some people might get offended if M$ is forced to make their software compatible. And they probably have the best group of lawyers in the country...

BTW, shouldn't this thread be in other os talk or something?