Concepts have existed since the dawn of time. We're talking about a group who cannot agree on a standard for tif files or html tags. Adobe, with their cash cows of ID, PhotoShop and other programs (too numerous to mention) could probably develop an OS without a lot of problems. They could certainly make sure no one would buy a MS update by refusing to release a program that would run under Palladium. So could Corel, Norton, McAfee, Serif and bunches of gaming programmers. And IBM has an old OS they could update, if they see a market for it.
I've seen this, to an extent, recently. MS released 2000, ME and XP in rapid order. Several companies basically said they would get around to writing new drivers when they decided to get around to it. The result - flat sales for Mr. Gates. Stockholders don't like low returns on investment.
I have a few freeware programs and a couple of what were shareware (since paid for) programs on my system. If they won't run under a new MS program, I don't upgrade. MS may control our choices, but we can choose to dance with them or not.
I'm very much with you, other Mike, on this business. I suspect if it were possible to identify and interview the people who take this so seriously, I believe you'd find many of them believe the X-Files, Stargate and Roswell <B>are all true</B>, not just enjoyable science soap operas <i>that might conceivably be true but are open to doubt</I>.
As even governments find out from time to time to their cost, people who can't be bothered to vote at the ballot vote with their wallets at the end of the day. As (other) Mike identifies, it's these people power purchase choice effects that counterbalance the big business conspiracies (if they really exist in the first place).
Just my tuppence
- Mike -
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I do understand that but we are not amongst the uninformed userbase that exists and those people, who are clueless for various reasons, would be the ones to buy into such things.
However no one likes to be told they can or can't do something that they've done before and there may come the monkeywrench in MS's plans. Truthfully 2000 is actually better than XP imo. Atleast there are more drivers for it. I suspect driver incompatibility as the source of my problems with all my graphics apps.
Plan for the worst and hope for the best.
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