A dystopian future - looking beyond Windows Vista
If the thought of Microsoft Vista's DRM restrictions, restrictive EULA, version confusion and user lock-in has you scared then you definitely do not want to know what the lads from Redmond have in store for the next version. If this patent application, covered by Groklaw here, is anything to go by then the next version of Windows, Vista+1 is really going to give you nightmares. Here's the abstract from the patent application:
In simpler terms it's a modular OS, much like Linux, whereby every package will have to be bought separately, has been heavily DRM'ed and will be licensed under different licensing terms. And I'm not talking about applications here but about things that people see as core OS functionality, such as basic networking, internet access, running multiple instances of one application, using an USB device (licensed on a per-device basis), etcetera. You'll even have to pay separately just to be able to install third-party applications or to use the new RAM you bought:
You should read the actual patent application for more and scarier examples. It's only a few pages long anyway. It looks like Microsoft wants users to pay separately for every basic OS functionality that they use through some sort of web shop, much the same way that antiquated mainframes used to be licensed out but with the added pixie-dust of “…through the internet”. It will actively throttle down functionality that it is capable of, but which has not been payed for. Or it will “restrict unauthorized operating system extensions from being installed that may support unauthorized hardware and/or software”. So not only do you have to pay for new hardware, you have to pay again in order to use it to it's full capacity. And you can bet that the hardware makes will have to pay Microsoft as well to be included in their web shop.
This is Microsoft ultimate wet dream of lock-in through DRM. It has been their wet dream ever since they came up with Longhorn and Trusted Computing. Longhorn is the monstrosity that spawned Vista after years of delay, various rewites, dropping most of it's features and bolting it to an existing platform (Windows Server 2003) because writing a new platform proved impossible. Matthew Broersma was right when he stated that Windows Vista is the last monolithic OS. Welcome to modular Longhorn.
The message is clear. Get out while you can. Microsoft's only interest is to empty your pockets and keep your computer hostage. It wants to turn computing into a monopoly content distribution channel and sell you to the highest bidder. Choose freedom and switch to Free/Open-source software.
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|Subject||Topic Starter||Replies||Views||Last Post|
|and the M$ 'patenting-everything' goes on||henke54||19||1,819||Mar 9, 2007 8:59 PM|
|Microsoft bullying users into paying for patent licensing?||henke54||3||1,526||Feb 13, 2007 10:53 AM|
|Micro$oft forces-people-to-look-at-adverts-patent||henke54||1||1,218||Feb 11, 2007 2:04 PM|
|Russian legal expert, managed to patent vista...lol...||henke54||0||1,486||Feb 7, 2007 6:08 AM|
|cracked version of Vista around US $8||henke54||12||3,238||Feb 6, 2007 11:46 AM|
|What are you talking about?||ProgramMax||21||2,203||Feb 2, 2007 7:13 AM|
|Newsflash - 2007: The year MS re-invents hardware lock-in.||tqk||10||2,312||Feb 1, 2007 7:39 AM|
|Linux||harry8227||2||2,088||Jan 31, 2007 6:46 AM|
|Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key||henke54||3||18,186||Jan 31, 2007 4:32 AM|
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