If Microsoft Removes 3-Applications Restriction, It Shows Great Fear of GNU/Linux

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Vista, Vista 7 at 6:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Vista 7 prompt

Summary: Microsoft’s plan for making money from Windows is not working out

Microsoft is “getting cold feet” — as our reader Goblin would put it — ahead of the arrival of Vista's younger sibling. Vista 7 Starter Edition is a dud and Microsoft knows it. Extracting money from it is a problem, not just the substantiated observation that it is far too heavy for sub-notebooks. If the rumours are true, then Microsoft is rethinking the strategy whose weakness we symbolised in the mockup above (cache). The original source is here, but it is also said by Goblin that: “It must be stressed that I have not been able to confirm or deny this at current time.” Given that Paul Thurrott is virtually like an employee of Microsoft, the message seems reliable.

“Vista 7 Starter Edition is a dud and Microsoft knows it.”Microsoft has meanwhile given up on Windows Vista completely. The coming year will be hugely interesting and John Dvorak, a recent Ubuntu GNU/Linux migrant, has just predicted over at MarketWatch that GNU/Linux would continue gaining on the desktop. it is already quite prevalent.

“Acer and Intel, for example, are already complaining that Windows 7 Starter Edition simply won’t sell.”


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  1. pcolon said,

    May 24, 2009 at 9:47 am


    IMO Intel is trying to dodge a bullet that’s coming (a GNU/Linux tsunami-Gates wouldn’t be dumping his ms shares, at less than $20, if he didn’t see financial trouble heading redmond’s way) for the netbook architecture.

    Intel didn’t migrate it’s corporate desktops to vista and it’s work with Moblin (since vista 7 is not a good solution on netbooks) can point to that; keeping intel as a viable cpu producer on this platform. It has to make Moblin successful since people are starting to look at the coming netbook offerings which are ARM or MIPS based.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Intel’s competition is not operating systems, it’s other hardware companies like ARM. If Intel does not prepare it can get burned.

    Intel’s latest moves show confidence that ARM has lots of potential with GNU/Linux. Many devices will come in July.

  2. Chips B Malroy said,

    May 24, 2009 at 10:19 am


    The Seven Starter edition has always been a joke. M$ has figured out that selling XP Home is not making them any big bucks. But Seven, in any form, will just not work on any but the most powerful netbooks. So, its going be XP for the next couple of years for intel Netbooks, despite what M$ says.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Many journalists make the mistake of suggesting that Vista 7 could maybe run on ARM. It’s underpowered and it would have no third-party (Windows) software.

    ARM is particularly good because of energy usage, not price.

  3. Will said,

    May 24, 2009 at 10:24 am


    I’m more concerned about MS’s efforts to dictate what a netbook should be to the hardware vendors and OEMs:


    I know Linux can fit in any specs that Windows can, but I just don’t want to see hardware arbitrarily crippled when there’s no technical or economic reason to do so. But I guess this won’t affect ARM netbooks. (And I have no intention of buying a netbook until the ARM devices come out).

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I’m the same. I am not buying anything Intel and I encourage others to do the same.

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