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Vista the Last of Its Kind 337

An anonymous reader wrote to mention a TechWorld story about Windows Vista. According to the Gartner Group, Windows Vista is likely to be the last of its kind. "The problem is that the operating system's increasing complexity is making it ever more difficult for enterprises to implement migrations, and impossible for Microsoft to release regular updates. This, in turn, stands in the way of Microsoft's efforts to push companies to subscription licensing. The answer, according to Gartner, is virtualization, which is built into newer chips from Intel and AMD, and has become mainstream for x86 servers through the efforts of VMware." Speaking of Vista, C|Net reports that a new release candidate is on the way. The average tester should expect it by the end of September.
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Vista the Last of Its Kind

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  • by Whiney Mac Fanboy ( 963289 ) * <> on Saturday August 26, 2006 @07:22AM (#15984441) Homepage Journal
    There'll never be another ridiculously late, overhyped, massively over budget, features touted then dropped software project again? ;-p
  • And Linux ? (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26, 2006 @07:25AM (#15984446)
    I'll let you in on a little secret - Linux (OSS in general) is the poor mans porn downloading system, and porn has driven its development. No one prints porn, so forget printer drivers. A few people want to upload pictures of themselves naked, so there are a few camera drivers. Scanners, forget it. USAB keys ? Handy for trading PORN. I don't know how to do it, but if some sort of survey could be done I think you would find that 90% of all Linux systems are used for porn excusively. The other 10% are scientists Latexing their papers, and downloading porn. And don't forget, these are the biggest cheapskates in the world. They don't want to pay for porn or software.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26, 2006 @07:32AM (#15984460)
    Speaking of Vista, C|Net reports that a new release candidate is on the way. The average tester should expect it by the end of September.

    Well - you can wait until September if you like, or you can just download the torrent [].

    If you're an Apple employee - this is OK, but make sure you dont download something from Apple - they will fire you.
  • by FudRucker ( 866063 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @07:32AM (#15984461)
    KISS = Keep It Simple Steve (ballmer) and leave the chairs alone
  • Linux? (Score:2, Funny)

    by October_30th ( 531777 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @07:40AM (#15984480) Homepage Journal
    So, when's Linux going to take advantage of the hardware virtualization?
  • by Jacques Chester ( 151652 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @07:51AM (#15984510)
    Slashdot today released a report showing that stupid Garter Group releases will never come to an end.

    Instead of critical evaluation or even serious research, the respected organisation will stick by its tried-and-true method of spatial-temporal probability matrix randomisation (marketed under the trademark Making Shit Up, Even If Obviously Stupid).

    At a recent demonstration of this technique, Garter Group analysts showed releases on their drawing boards for next week's bullshit sessions, including:

    * IBM to buy Apple and force the line back to PowerPC, in order to cripple Microsoft's XBox.
    * Sun will no longer release any hardware products, pending a buyout offer from SCO.
    * George Lucas will admit he's a dud and bankroll a new new trilogy written and directed by competent artists, such as Britney Spears.

    At the time of writing, no Garter analysts were available to comment; being too busy trying to find where the crack pipe got to.
  • by beswicks ( 584636 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @07:53AM (#15984515)
    1. Collect Buzzwords
    2. ???
    3. Publish Report

    I assume they use a Bot to trawl the internet collecting the latest buzz words, and then another to automatically assemble the report... but after reading that piffle I don't think they would have the compitence to turn on the computer.
  • by dorkygeek ( 898295 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @08:35AM (#15984605) Journal

    Gartner is a classic troll. Did you know that every year, 20% of the GNAA's elite is promoted over to Gartner? They are not really open about it, but Gartner is nothing more than the for-profit branch of the GNAA.

    It's a classic troll career: with 16, you perambulate the Usenet. With 19, you get your GNAA membership, and work yourself up the organisation. At approximately 25, just having completed a technology-unrelated degree, you are wellcomed to Gartner.

    Oh, and, in case you've wondered how to become a member of Gartner's: yes, you have to make a first-article in techworld, mentioning "Gartner". Then you have to join a conference call and are tested about the details of the movie "Bullshit Analysts from Outerspace".

  • by Ancient_Hacker ( 751168 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @08:43AM (#15984622)
    I'm soooooo stupid!

    Here I am writing code, where the smallest slip can cause serious damage to our company, our customers, and my paycheck.

    When instead I could be writing *pure quasi-random blather*, with no consequences even if the stuff is pure blue-sky speculation, and unlikely for a multitude of reasons.

    ( *must* *get* *job* *at* *gartner* *group* )

    ( writing sample: )

    "Huge monopoly software company will screw their own pooch and dump their cash cows for no visible reason and instead (mumble) (not clear who) will use (completely different type of technology with not much in common with previous sentence) or (hot new buzzword that hasnt been seen-thru yet) to completely bypass all the laws of human ignorance, inertia, established base, software trends, and economics. "

    There, that should move me right to the top of their hiring list.

  • by slashbob22 ( 918040 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @08:47AM (#15984633)
    The average tester should expect it by the end of September.
    Here is the problem with Windows. Microsoft only uses average testers for their release candidates. Hire some "super-testers" or better yet - An infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of PCs will eventually discover all your b.. Wait a second -- You? Me?... we ARE the monkeys.

    *hunches over and arches wrists -- picks at a few keys*
  • by Mateo_LeFou ( 859634 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @08:59AM (#15984657) Homepage
    After many years of excellent service, it's almost time to retire the BillGatesBorg icon for Microsoft stories. Esp. since he won't be with them any more, sorta. I vote for a chair icon. It can be a borg chair, I guess.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 26, 2006 @09:26AM (#15984722)
    "Too bad such a beast will never exist..."

    Let's leave the HURD out of this.

  • by cfJeff ( 957796 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @09:39AM (#15984749)
    My company adopted this article as our mission statement last year.
  • by dkleinsc ( 563838 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @10:09AM (#15984801) Homepage
    Gartner Group is the best proof I can find for George Carlin's theory that the most profitable business in the US is the manufacture, packaging, and redistribution of bullshit. It reminds me of friends of my sister who got a top-notch education, aced the SATs, got a degree from Harvard, and now get paid top dollar to go around giving Powerpoint presentations on how to create "synergy" in an "n-Tier multi-platform Web 2.0 AJAX solution".
  • by suv4x4 ( 956391 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @12:59PM (#15985230)
    "I don't think you understood his argument. He was saying that Windows is screwed up because Microsoft is (more or less) trying to integrate everything into the same huge process. This is in contrast to Linux, where all kinds of stuff are included on the disk but are separate programs using well-defined interfaces."

    Interesting, you'll be completely right if you swap Windows and Linux in the statements above.

    Linux has no concept of drivers or kernel modules. It's all slapped inside one monolithin kernel, so if you need it to support something else you need to put it in the kernel and recompile it.

    As a difference Windows is more of a microkernel architecture (it's in fact a hybrid), where you have many standalone, manageable kernel pieces that communicate in a well defined interface.
  • by rpillala ( 583965 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @02:44PM (#15985562)

    If you liked "create synergy in n-Tier multi-platform Web 2.0 AJAX solution" you'll love the Web Economy Bullshit Generator [].

  • by Stormwatch ( 703920 ) <> on Saturday August 26, 2006 @03:02PM (#15985625) Homepage
    You are the one who is mistaken: NeXT bought Apple for minus 377.5 million dollars.
  • by PPH ( 736903 ) on Saturday August 26, 2006 @04:03PM (#15985787)
    ... the sound of Windows developers shooting themselves over the prospect of having to learn yet another API/OS model/architecture/whatever.

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