According to the trade rags I get at work, what EU really wants is for
MS, at their expense, to bundle ALL the browsers on the CD or factory
disk image, and have the user pick one during the initial setup
sequence. Sorta like Ma Bell having to include all the pretend phone
companies in the instructions in front of the book, before they said the
hell with it and stopped making their own phone books.
In short, they want MS to give a free distribution ride to their
Ah, the old maxim: Be careful what you ask for...
Which just illustrates that MOST anti-monopoly crusades are not about the
consumer, they are about the would-be competitors to the alleged monopolist.
The poster-boy for monopolies, John D Rockefeller and his Standard Oil
company, brought down the price of Kerosene from $3.00/gallon to five cents.
In three years. The people who supplied whale oil for lighting were
essentially put out of business but the rest of the world got light.
Download live CD image of Linux Mint, burn to CD, put in DVD drive and
restart your computer. Make sure BIOS is set to boot from DVD drive.
See what a good OS is. It won't change anything on your hard drive or
alter your Windows system. When your done take out the CD and reboot
and your back to using Windows again.
Trivial for you and me, not so trivial for a casual user. And for
somebody buying a new PC, unless they have connectivity and instructions
on how to FTP from a mirror site, just how would they download it
without a browser? (Not that anyone should connect a new PC without a
firewall, etc, in place, but I digress...) If MS really starts selling
naked Win7 in Europe, folks there that don't have access to another PC
will have to depend on manufacturer or dealer to either stash it on the
hard drive, or provide a CD.
I miss the old days when they provided a semi-current software bundle
with new PCs, and didn't assume everyone had a broadband connection, and
had the skill set and time to spend 3-4 hours downloading MORE friggin'
software and patches before machine was safely usable. I almost suspect
MS and the others are still chasing the old dream of people paying a
monthly fee to use software, just like they pay a monthly fee to do
pretty much anything these days. Of course, if they did get their dream,
we all wouldn't need PCs that were more powerful than mainframes from 20
years ago, with more storage. A 300 dollar thin client would be all we
Putting Linux on your computer is roughly equivalent to have a blow-up doll
for a girlfriend. And, at less than 1%, both have about the same market
penetration (pardon the pun).
Full disclosure: Just because I own a wheelbarrow full of Microsoft stock in
no way influences my opinion of other operating systems.
There are many news readers. Mozilla has Thunderbird and Seamonkey both
Linux and Windows versions. There is Pan (MultiOS) (free)and NewsRover
(paid Windows only) and dozens of others you can pay for.
I personally think WEB based news is a disorganized bunch of crap. I
can't never find anything in WEB formated news. I can't even find my own
posts. That is pretty screwed up.
There is no newsgroup for Windows 7, until it is officially released
Windows 7 Feature Focus:
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