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

In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
on Tue, 01 Aug 2006 04:11:12 +0100
> __/ [ 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.

OK, dumb question -- how is that 60% figure arrived at? :-)

> 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).

Gad, irrelevance.  Is Microsoft designing an information appliance
control/interaction system, or trying to style the world?

But can't be too careful.  After all, Microsoft needs to
look good, as Linux is making them look real bad... :-)

> Best wishes,
> Roy

#191, ewill3@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Windows Vista.  Because it's time to refresh your hardware.  Trust us.

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