<br><br><div><span class="gmail_quote">2007/7/16, Jim Lux <<a href="mailto:James.P.Lux@jpl.nasa.gov">James.P.Lux@jpl.nasa.gov</a>>:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
At 03:36 PM 7/16/2007, Robert G. Brown wrote:<br>>On Mon, 16 Jul 2007, Peter St. John wrote:<br>><br>>Wrongo. Win2K was never REALLY pushed as a consumer product. But now<br>>try getting a new system over the counter with anything but Vista on it.
<br><br>over the counter "consumer" you're right.<br>over the counter "business" XP still dominates. But you're not going<br>to find it at category killers like best buy or office depot (which,
<br>though catering to businesses, appear not to sell business computers)<br><br>>Sure, if you special order or buy online you can get XP -- probably at<br>>full retail. But seriously, the market is being saturated with Vista
<br>>systems.</blockquote><div><br>Only new systems. Memory prices dropped so high this year because Microsoft<br>convinced memory manufactures that everyone will switch to Vista<br>(as it did with almost entire industry every time a new dos/windows version was launched),
<br>so they increased production but this not occurred and market saturated.<br></div><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;"> From Dell, as of about a month ago, XP and Vista were the same price.
<br><br>>Consumers will forgive a lot, but not poor interactive performance.<br>>That's why Linus has made excellent interactive performance a design<br>>mandate from the very earliest days of the kernel (and why linux plus X
<br>>on 486's was peppier -- much peppier -- than Vista on multi GHz multi<br>>cores).</blockquote><div><br>When machines start coming with 8-16GB RAM this will be forgotten.<br>More than ten year ago everyone said that NT was bloated, but when
<br>machines went with 128MB RAM, everyone switched to 2K, XP. <br></div><br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">But Linux plus X on a 486 with a 640x480 VGA is a very different
<br>matter from digital rights managed 1600x1200 HD on that<br>multicore. It's not really an apples/apples comparison. You have to<br>burn a lot of compute cycles to make sure that your content is<br>legitimately being viewed <grin>.
</blockquote><div><br>Really this is a very unfair comparison. :-)<br>I read that Vista multimedia system has 7 modules:<br> 2 to playing multimedia content and 5 to ensuring DRM. </div><br></div><br>