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Re: Bigger burger roll needed
From: Steve Friedl <steve () unixwiz net>
Date: Mon, 3 Oct 2005 06:42:37 -0700

On Mon, Oct 03, 2005 at 08:50:27AM -0400, Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu wrote:
One acronym: BSOD.  Why have users learned what it is, and grown accepting of
seeing one?  Do you know any Windows users who have *never* encountered one?

The majority of BSODs are caused by buggy third-party drivers and malware
(rootkits, etc.) Is that part of "Microsoft's monopolistic abuse"?

How many Windows users would believe that before Microsoft, vendors actually
would take a *single* crash reported by *one* user seriously enough to
investigate and produce a bugfix, and that vendors would escalate to the point
of sending developers to the customer site if a system crashed multiple times
and no fix was in sight in a week?

Before Microsoft, you got your hardware and OS from the same vendor, so
there was a much larger revenue stream to support that kind of service.
When you pay $100-ish (OEM) for your operating system, it's not so clear
that anybody really ought to expect Bill to get in the car and swing by
on his way home.


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