Microsoft Tries To Limit Machines That Can Use Low Cost OS

from the can't-let-anyone-use-a-cheap-product dept

Kevin Stapp writes in to alert us to the fact that in Microsoft's attempt to compete against Linux on various low-end PCs, it's offering a cheap version of its operating system -- but rather than simply offering it up for different computer makers to use, it's got specific rules limiting the type of computers it can be used on -- basically guaranteeing that their operating systems remain off of many low end machines that don't qualify under the extremely limited specs (no touch screens, no hard drives over 80 gigs, etc.). This is pointless for a variety of reasons, but the simplest one is this: any time you try to limit the use of your software to platforms that are less useful and less powerful than what's available, you're basically telling everyone who wants quality to go with a different provider. It's hard to see why Microsoft would want to make that kind of argument -- unless they don't realize that they're actually competing in this space. Given how little competition Microsoft has had to deal with in the OS market for years, perhaps it's natural that they don't know how to compete when it's finally necessary.

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    Eric Fredericksen, 13 May 2008 @ 4:33am

    Falling giant

    linux will never be mainstream desktop OS until mainstream desktop apps support it. Like adobe cs and 3d studio max and solidworks and that list is almost endless. I can't see that happening anytime soon so as far as linux giving m$ a run for it's money....Not in my lifetime perhaps? As much as i hate microsoft for pulling crap just like this i am locked in because i have to have software like the ones listed above. An as far as that goed so are about a billion other people. PERIOD!!!

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