posted on Aug, 2 2005 @ 03:11 PM
I truly don't think this poses much of a problem for M$ at all. I doubt anyone can honestly claim they'll go bankrupt because of people pirating
copies windows OS's. If this system were being used as a copy-protection scheme for a bunch of independent developers or small operations, that'd
be different. M$ could start giving away their OS for free and they'd still be raking it in hand-over-fist from their other products. Hell, if they
did that and then converted all of their other products to Windows-only platforms, they'd probably have an even better deal going.
As far as Windows being a great desktop OS, that's because they flooded the market. As a software developer, I'm going to be more willing to
spend my time and money developing a product for a system that covers 80%-90% of all home computers. Gives me a bigger market. And so are a good
majority of the other development companies. Ergo, more products developed solely for Windows, which through competition translates into better
support, better products (theoretically, at least), and more demand for the OS. The only reason other platforms don't perform as well as desktop
computers is because there isn't enough of a demand for software for them.
That's also probably 95% of the reason there's hacks out like this for Windows. Not because people actually want the OS itself, but because they
want the OS so they can run the other programs they'll need. If people just wanted a free operating system, there's quite a number of Linux distros
out completely free of charge, and much, much more stable and efficient than anything Microsoft will throw out.