The Register: How many MS OSes does it take to change a lightbulb? PC2001 "legacy free" spec & Linux
Dec 21, 2000, 17:16 (19 Talkback[s])
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"In Microsoft's vision, the PCs of the future are easier to use,
harder to break, and their software is difficult (preferably
impossible) to pirate. One of the problems with this, from the
user's point of view, is that these PCs will tend to be much more
constrained environments, achieving Microsoft's notion of simple
(Windows) computing, but sabotaging the techie's desire to fiddle
around with the stuff and break it."
"Screw it, just shove Linux onto it [as answer to question in
I thought of this one, and it was our second most popular solution.
As Microsoft Windows bootable CDs that will get you at least a Dos
prompt are clearly a controlled substance, and it was Sunday, what
about that bootable Red Hat 6.0 CD you took off the cover of Linux
Answers a couple of months ago, meaning to do something about
"More morals though. Here we have Linux sliding neatly into the
position of a mechanism for running multiple operating systems on a
machine designed (largely by Microsoft) to run one Microsoft
operating system. It's doing so in my case because the old Dos
methods weren't available, because it was free, and because there
was nothing else to do at the time. If operating systems that can
install easily, and that can run alongside Windows, come free on
the covers of magazines, and they can allow users to break free of
some of the restrictions of Windows, then surely people are going
to start shoving them in the drive and giving it a try."
"A cool looking legacy free PC running Linux? Not quite what
Microsoft intended, but as I keep saying, it's really Microsoft's
fault I started off in this direction in the first place."