Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio. A fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy, he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! …
It's a lipstick on a pig scenario that a man once admired and once so entertaining is now a rotting corps.
This particular story concerns the goings on behind the scenes with an independent adviser, Dell and Microsoft. And it is about the rotting corpse of a pig called Vista. I used to read Groklaw compulsively. Eventually its one sided complaints and the dead-endedness of a feature that concerns a defunct Linux/UNIX distributor began to pall.
But I got this link from them: TechFlash and read some of it before it occurred to me that I was getting involved in another operating system I have no interest in and legal issues in a far away country that will ultimately drag on well past its sell by date.
Vista was a pig when it was conceived, it failed to arrive on time and was sold to people that couldn't use it. Which is the background to this story. Vista Capable Machines. (It takes so long to start and to close that another set of claimants are suing Microsoft over that aspect of it. But that's another story.)
It seems that Vista was tailored to suit both Intel (over all other chip manufacturers) and the recording industry (over all other file sharers) and purposefully bars legacy hardware from doing what other operating systems seem to be capable of doing with far less file space required.
All this to allow Microsoft to get a new flagship in the water to replace an operating system that needed third party software to run DVD. And Vista doesn't run the latest optics does it?
(I haven't a clue and care less.)
When Microsoft comes out with another flagship, Vista will still be less capable than XP as XP is the one I am using and by default all other OSs are incapable of running on my PC.
If I were a computer software manufacturer and I wanted to service relatively tame customers, what I would do is seriously upgrade the system I had already sold them and which they were happy with and sell the results to them all over again.
What could be simpler than that?
Someone is going to come out with a Linux distribution that is so like XP that apart from some cosmetics to satisfy copyright laws, the average XP user is going to be able to make a seamless switch to it.
And I shall be one of them.