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MS Vista
« on: February 01, 2007, 08:27:27 AM »
Here's a quote from the greenies about MS. Vista - anybody have more info?

"Green Party asks: who has the key to your Vista PC?
29th Jan 2007

Green party slams Vista Landfill nightmare


Microsoft's latest operating system, due for release tomorrow, is defective by design, putting Microsoft and the corporate media in control of your computer. (1)

Beneath the gloss they have hidden traps that take away important consumer rights, force expensive and environmentally damaging hardware upgrades.

All computer hardware, such as monitors and sound cards, will have to obey Microsoft's rules for encrypting content in order for consumers to use Vista to play 'premium' content, such as Blu-Ray and HD DVD disks. Although it is unlikely to prevent copying, it will make Vista more attractive to Hollywood film distributors, while also locking them into a Vista content distribution system.

Derek Wall, Green Party Male Principal Speaker, said: "So-called 'digital rights management' technology in Vista gives Microsoft the ability to lock you out of your computer. Technology should increase our opportunities to consume media, create our own and share it with others.

"But Vista helps the corporate media take away our consumer rights. Silence in government betrays a shocking complacency in the face of this latest attack on our rights."

Vista will also be power hungry, as it requires more processing time to encrypt and decrypt 'premium' content, and looks around the computer every few milliseconds to check that nothing is trying to distribute de-coded 'premium' video or sound.

He continued, "Vista requires more expensive and energy-hungry hardware, passing the cost on to consumers and the environment. This will also further exclude the poor from the latest technology, and impose burdensome costs on small and medium businesses who will be forced to enter another expensive upgrade cycle."

Consumers, businesses and government bodies should protect their interests by migrating to free software, rather than upgrading to Vista, says Wall.

"Free software can run on existing hardware, reduces licensing costs for small businesses and affords important freedoms to consumers. The UK Government should capitalise on this opportunity to promote the use of free software in public bodies."

Greens predict that an enormous amount of hardware will be junked by consumers and companies as Vista will refuse to play Blu-Ray and HD DVD content with current monitors and sound cards.

Siān Berry, Green Party Female Principal Speaker added:

"There will be thousands of tonnes of dumped monitors, video cards and whole computers that are perfectly capable of running Vista - except for the fact they lack the paranoid lock down mechanisms Vista forces you to use. That's an offensive cost to the environment.

"Future archaeologists will be able to identify a 'Vista Upgrade Layer' when they go through our landfill sites."

By controlling the technology that delivers video content on computers, and owning the licenses that make the hardware and software work, Microsoft will be in a very strong position to dictate terms to consumers and content producers. Apple's itunes store works in a similar way already, selling songs that can only be played on Apple ipods and iTunes software.

"We should remember that this is about Microsoft trying to dictate the way that video content gets delivered - much as Apple are trying to do with iTunes - in order to corner the market.

"Now is the time to act, if we want to see the Microsoft monopoly kept out of the video market."

She added that Green Party also supported complaints by computer manufacturers that XAML, a Vista-only internet mark-up standard, would be another attempt to extend Microsoft's virtual monopoly.(2)

"Microsoft are determined not to play fair and we hope the EU stand up to them. The best way of course is to insist that we purchase products that work with open rather than closed standards."

(1) www.microsoft.com

(2) www.theglobeandmail.com

 
 
 
 
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Re: MS Vista
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2007, 03:04:24 PM »
Dunno about you guys, but not rushing out to get it :) Although I am curious to see what they've done, early indications are that they still haven't caught up to what Mac OS X was doing several years ago already...

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Re: MS Vista
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2007, 12:14:27 PM »
I definately aint rushing in either, a mate of mine d/loaded the beta version ond OMW he had issues. Drivers and hardware support mainly like SLI for eg. but has some nice features as well. As usual it will take about 8 service packs to get it right ;D

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Re: MS Vista
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2007, 12:48:30 PM »
The worst thing is that the "phenomenal" UI is not all that impressive (to me personally) after all. So this can be just viewed as XP SP3...

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Re: MS Vista
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2007, 01:55:15 PM »
Not to mention  the multitude of desktop enhancements available which won't force you to sell your car to upgrade

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Re: MS Vista
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2007, 01:11:36 PM »
Vista RuLz Big Time

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Re: MS Vista
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2007, 09:34:56 AM »
As with all Operating Systems you get people who are totally opposed to it and others who are off course totally for it ;D

I sit on the fence here as part of my job is to evaluate new Operating Systems, be it Microsoft, Novell, Redhat or Opensource. Therefore I have been testing Vista since mid November and yes there has been numerous "enhancements", but Vista is aimed at the novice computer user and as such cause me some frustrations(I am still very much a command-line person :o)

Another potential problem for users with older hardware is the limited number of drivers available, the "Windows Aero" compatible video adapter required for "best" video performance(and overall system performance) For instance I have an HP Deskjet 3420 printer which is three years old, but there are no drivers available from HP and no drivers in Vista. Yes the recommendation is to use the Deskjet 3500 drivers for basic printing, but I used the printer to print photos, which is not basic printing.

A further issue is the (non)availability of anti-virus products compatible with Vista. Yes there are some products available, either Beta or released, but if you have an Enterprise wide anti-virus implementation, you are dependent on the manufacturer to update their product to cater for something like Vista.

When I have the time and the inclination, I may post a full review report on here - I have to do a report for work  anyway ::)
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Re: MS Vista
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007, 12:29:29 PM »
Mmm... I hate it that they take control away from you i.t.o. computer functions etc. and I am definitely not a commandline function person...
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