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Since Randall Stross (the guy who wrote many best seller books like Steve Jobs and the NeXT big thing and The Microsoft Way: The real story of how the company outsmart its competition) wrote the article entitled, ‘Windows Could Use a Rush of Fresh Air ‘ on The New York Times… It has been referred to by many other blog sites on the need for Microsoft to ‘redo’ their OS in order to compete in the modern operating system war with both Apple OSX and the rising of Linux and its variation like Ubuntu and many others…

When I first read it, it make some sense but as I did some other reading from the two following sites, I am tempted to agree with Paul and the guy behind Shipping Seven on some of the ‘not-so-well-research’ part of the article written by Randall Stross.

Have a read yourself and draw your own conclusion, if you need to… (but take all article with some salts unless you really dive into the core stuff of each topic mentioned, like kernel history and all that stuff…)

Here’s the extra from Paul Thurrott’s site, entitled ‘Randall Stross jumps the shark’:

So before I rip into this one–and honestly, how could I do otherwise, given how wrongheaded this is?–I would like at least take a moment to note that I generally enjoy Randall Stross. This one, however, took me by surprise and I had to resist the urge to toss aside the Kindle (from which I read it this morning) and jump online (“someone’s wrong on the Internet!”). But seriously. This is just idiotic. I’m sorry, but it is.

Beginning as a thin veneer for older software code, [Windows] has become an obese monolith built on an ancient frame. Adding features, plugging security holes, fixing bugs, fixing the fixes that never worked properly, all while maintaining compatibility with older software and hardware — is there anything Windows doesn’t try to do?

The best solution to the multiple woes of Windows is starting over. Completely. Now.

Vista is the equivalent, at a minimum, of Windows version 12 — preceded by 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, NT, 95, NT 4.0, 98, 2000, ME, XP.

Except, of course, that it isn’t.

Windows Vista is the latest in a line of NT-based OSes that includes just Windows NT (versions 3.1, 3.5, 3.51, 4.0), Windows 2000 (5.0), and Windows XP (5.1). (There are server derivates as well, but whatever.) The Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1, 95, 98, and Me release he mentions are completely different products with different code bases.

But the assumption here, of course, is that OS X and Linux, both based on UNIX systems that actually pre-date the original version of NT are somehow “newer” or “fresher” and, equally illogically are somehow “better.” UNIX is older than NT. And NT is a descendant of VMS, which was an attempt by DEC to make a better UNIX. Let’s leave the architectural discussions to the experts and at least just agree that all three–Vista/Server 2008 (i.e. “Windows”), UNIX/Linux, and UNIX/OS X–are all modern, scalable, and capable OSes. Because they are.

After six years of development, the longest interval between versions in the previous 22-year history of Windows, and long enough to permit Apple to bring out three new versions of Mac OS X, Vista was introduced to consumers in January 2007.

And here we have the second bit of iCabal BS that Stross passes off as “fact.” Actually, Microsoft shipped a wide number of OSes between XP (2001) and Vista (2006). In fact, they shipped more OS releases than Apple did during this same time period. These OSes include Windows XP Table PC Edition (two versions), Windows XP Media Center Edition (four versions), Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2, a free gimmee to users to make up for security issues), and two versions of Windows Server, among many others. If you’re going to make Panther and Tiger seem lke “new versions” of Mac OS X, then you need to include Table PC and Media Center Editions on the Windows side too. Certainly, the Windows OSes were more impressive from a functional improvement standpoint. Geesh.

And this is the article from the blog site Shipping Seven whom no one knows for sure whether this guy knows his stuff or that he is really a Microsoft employee or how far deep is he involved in the development if any… Here’s a different post that talks about the validity of this guy…

Written by gooddealz

June 30, 2008 at 10:21 am

Posted in Great Stuff, News Only

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