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Re: [News] GNU/Linux Makes Windows XP Seem Like a Nightmare

On 2009-05-13, Mark Kent <mark.kent@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> ____/ Terry Porter on Sunday 26 April 2009 13:16 : \____
>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>> Hash: SHA1
>>>> Rant: Microsoft Windows Out of Box Experience Sucks
>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>> | OK, rant mode on. This morning I spent over three hours running Windows
>>>> | Update on the cool Viliv S5 UMPC I am evaluating. Yes, I realize it runs
>>>> | the older Windows XP operating system, but even so Microsoft must make
>>>> | the out of box experience (OOBE) better than this. I have recently
>>>> | experienced this process with Vista too, and it?s no better than XP.
>>>> | It?s time that Microsoft fix this absolutely unbearable process.
>>>> | 
>>>> | The entire Windows Update process resulted in 5 reboots and took almost
>>>> | 3.5 hours. That is ridiculous in and of itself, but watching it closely
>>>> | (something you have to do as it requires user input at inopportune
>>>> | moments) really got me steamed, as I realized that Microsoft could
>>>> | easily fix this stupid process.
>>>> `----
>> http://jkontherun.com/2009/04/19/microsoft-windows-out-of-box-experience-sucks/
>>> LOL, how STUPID is that ?
>>> Recently dr flatfish stated that MythTV is too complex and time consuming to
>>> bother with, yet I can install a whole MythTV box from scratch in about 1/2
>>> an hour.
>>> Here, a 'simple' Windows update takes 5 reboots and took almost
>>> 3.5 hours, thats 7 times longer than installing MythTV.
>>> Why am I not surprised ?
>> MythTV is great !! It just needs advertising (for itself, not for the TV).
> Unfortunately, Mythtv completely favours the customer, by allowing
> long-term storage of materials which have been broadcast to one's

    This is one key point where MythTV is fundementally at odds with
"modern cable". In particular, cable labs insists that any recordings
on a media center PC remain encrypted and tied to the media center

    Considering the fact that a cable card card is about as expensive
as a realtime h264 encoder, this is remarkably peculiar. That's not 
even getting into the problem of you actually getting your hands on
a cablecard PC decoder.

> receiver.  Most copyright owners aren't keen on that - they want the
> consumer to accept having this stuff irradiating their premises, whilst
> paying for the privilege... this is not a great fit :-)

     No, the media moguls don't really want to allow openness. It 
doesn't really matter that all the stuff is already available for
free download at the Pirate Bay (despite everything). They want to
make sure that you can't take good advantage of it as a paying

	Sure, I could use iTunes even under Linux. However, I have       |||
better things to do with my time than deal with how iTunes doesn't      / | \
want to play nicely with everyone else's data (namely mine). I'd 
rather create a DVD using those Linux apps we're told don't exist.

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