posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 09:03 AM
The issues will arrise when more and more systems become Microsoft proprietary. If you've ever been to a webpage that absoluely had to [have] IE to
work right, you have already experienced this. Remember the big lawsuits from Sun over Java? All the antitrust violations that just got swept under
the rug.. now thanks to all the big boys holding hands, there will be instruction sets only able to be utilized by MS software, peripheral devices
only able to be operated through MS software. You know that new "driver signing" BS? It is just one more way for MS to stick their seal of approval
on third party software, which means inserting their own tidbits of code into the software package.
This will not mean the death of open source, it will mean the amplifying of the already existing seperation between open source and commercial
software. Unix will ALWAYS have a place, and will in all likelihood dominate the market once MS implodes.. it's already starting with OS X (MacOS on
top of a BSD-based kernel) and the increase in the number of end-users trying Linux. Personally, Ive never enjoyed running Linux as a desktop OS
(although I wouldnt think of using anything but BSD serverside), until recently when RedHat and Debian have introduced plastic-wrapped packages with a
very wide range of hardware support. Not to mention the increase in software packages end-users want, along with the significant improvements in
It's easy to bypass MS product registration/authentication/verification, and it will only take a few more steps to bypass whatever hardware security
measures are put in place. Without a doubt if these fools are that serious about stopping software piracy (a MAJOR source of REVENUE for the
commercial software industry), music/movie piracy (a MAJOR source of REVENUE for the entertainment industry), they are going to end up with computer
systems that are practically unusable and incapable of providing the user with the experience they desire. Things will require to much conformity.
The goal used to be make people think like computers (DOS). Then it was make computers think like people (Windows). Now it is use computers to
change how peope think. Welcome to the 21st century.
[edit on 26-4-2005 by apc]