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Re: [News] Microsoft Tells OEM's How to Design Vista-Tailored Computers

__/ [ Jim ] on Tuesday 01 August 2006 02:59 \__

> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Microsoft ships "Vista Industrial Design Toolkit" to PC manufacturers
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | The toolkit, which is delivered free of charge, contains a whole host
>> | of suggestions about how to build a PC that will fit with the look and
>> | style of Windows Vista. From color palettes to suggestions about how
>> | the power and reset buttons should appear, the kit basically
>> | describes Microsoft's vision of what a "Vista PC" should look like.
>> `----
>>         http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060731-7391.html
>> Can they assume Vista won't be immediately wiped?
> it's a bit like teaching Grandma how to suck eggs, isn't it? Why the hell
> Microsoft can't just keep their fucking noses out of hardware design and
> concentrate on writing a *secure* OS is... aw, fergeddit.

...Because the OS cannot be secured until 60% of Vista's code gets
re-written. There is too much complexity, so proper fixes can only be
attained by redesigning the whole shebang, as opposed to plugging functions
when a critical flaw gets reported (or already exploited).

While the OS's future seems grim, security-wise, there needs to be this needs
to lock the competition out, primarily through subversion of vendors that
are the marketing channels (customer-facing). Another important strategy is
the spreading of FUD and hiding of the competition's face (e.g. excluding
competing products from the OEM's offering, having no Linux on the window
displays... think XGL, see URL iat top of .sig).

Best wishes,


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