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A problem too jumbo-sized for Bill Gates to solve? May 12, 2006

Posted by scan man in Computers.

That is the question posed by John Naughton of The Observer. The problem is the continuing saga of delays that have plagued the launch of Windows Vista.

Why is this on my blog?

The difference between Microsoft and Apple can be largely explained by two factors. One is structural: Apple's OS X is based on Unix, which has a different architecture from Windows, and may be inherently easier to upgrade. The other is that Microsoft is a victim of its past monopolistic success: any new version of Windows has to be 'backwards compatible' with the thousands of programs and hardware devices built to work on earlier versions of the operating system. Apple has much less of a 'legacy' problem in this sense.

He also has good things to say about Linux and Open Source in general. Read the full article here.


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