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If that happens i see me and 90% of PC enthusiasts jumping into the Linux band wagon.
What will happen is they will all claim to stay with Vista because it's such a "good" OS. Just like they stayed with XP and before that just like they stayed with 98.

Subscription based would be more frequent feature updates and additions. There is a new version of OSX like what every year or 2? So 5 bucks a month would be about the same cost as OSX really. Now whether or not MS will actually do anything useful is up in the air.
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Heres something I don't think anyone has thought of yet. If its "modular" does that not mean we can by just parts like the GUI? Imagine running Aero on a linux kernel. (yes I know how impossible this would be, but one can dream right?)

How about just buying the windows kernel and running KDE or Gnome? Or kernel/GUI but use an open source search tool?

That being said being truly modular where we can pick the things we want/don't want including the kernel would rock, being subscription based would NOT. It would further drive people to linux and OSX.
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post #33 of 46
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Interesting. I foresee a big pit in my wallet.
Really? Because I see an even more massive shift towards open source if they follow up on this.

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If that happens i see me and 90% of PC enthusiasts jumping into the Linux band wagon.
I'm already going. Set up an Ubuntu box two days ago. Game companies want to keep me and those like me are going to need to switch to OpenGL. I'm not upgrading to Vista, and now I'm definitely not going to go with Winblows 7. I'm not even sure that I want to subscribe to Cedega, let alone an operating system.
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Eh, I get all my software for free. Mostly from work.
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I'm already going. Set up an Ubuntu box two days ago. Game companies want to keep me and those like me are going to need to switch to OpenGL. I'm not upgrading to Vista, and now I'm definitely not going to go with Winblows 7. I'm not even sure that I want to subscribe to Cedega, let alone an operating system.
Vista has no subscriptions. I use Vista every day and love it, would never use any other operating system in my own rig. I don't know what you have against Vista but i think were on the same page when we talk about subscriptions. Microsoft tried to move subscriptions into online PC play with Windows LIVE! (although still offering free play.) I myself see that as pretty much a failure since the only people i see with gold accounts are buying it for the 360.
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All you talking about getting vista free need to read TOS.

Am I the only person that likes superfetch? I think it makes a big improvement for simple tasks like opening open office or word. It adds about 1sec to my startup, but it saves me that much time the first time I open anything.

Back on subject, the idea of the modular os will be great for the enthusiast, but think of the grandma who can barely check her email. Do we leave it up to the oem's what os we use?

Linux will probably follow suit on the modular idea.
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All you talking about getting vista free need to read TOS.

Am I the only person that likes superfetch? I think it makes a big improvement for simple tasks like opening open office or word. It adds about 1sec to my startup, but it saves me that much time the first time I open anything.

Back on subject, the idea of the modular os will be great for the enthusiast, but think of the grandma who can barely check her email. Do we leave it up to the oem's what os we use?

Linux will probably follow suit on the modular idea.
Anyone who says "i love how fast the desktop is though!" is basically saying they like Superfetch without knowing it.
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Honestly, subscriptions only make sense...

Virus scanners are subscriptions, and they make alot of money in that business. You dont actually buy an OS when you "buy" it. You buy more or less the right to run their OS.. Hmm. Interesting.
And then what happens when you forget to pay your Windows subscription? They remotely disable Windows until you pay up.
 
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[quote=pauldovi;3599478]Lets say they charged $5 a month for Windows.

lol that's wishful thinking

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I think people would hop onto that in a heartbeat.
Not a chance... I'm not going to write a check to m$ every month, and I'm not doing any online credit card crap to use an OS.

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So you're saying $300 for the OS isn't money? Damn you're an idiot. /flame caused by reading pages of idiotic things in this thread
Wow, nice one. Go and call me a "meanie," and go tell people they're idiots.

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Heres something I don't think anyone has thought of yet. If its "modular" does that not mean we can by just parts like the GUI? Imagine running Aero on a linux kernel. (yes I know how impossible this would be, but one can dream right?)

How about just buying the windows kernel and running KDE or Gnome? Or kernel/GUI but use an open source search tool?

That being said being truly modular where we can pick the things we want/don't want including the kernel would rock, being subscription based would NOT. It would further drive people to linux and OSX.
Nah, that wouldn't work. m$ = proprietary software. It's not going to be open source - ever. That means it's not going to work with anything else.

Besides, why would you want aero on Linux? That would be embarrassing. Linux has Compiz-Fusion, which has everything aero has and then some.
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Because then you could not pirate it?
Because, knowing MS, we'll get charged $10 a month, and will probably get only 3-4 Copies off that, I have 6 machines running XP right now, mainly for file servers that anyone in my family can store stuff on, 2 of those machines are connected to the internet, not including my mums Laptop, and I get $10 a week, I can barely afford to upgrade my computer, let alone pay for Windows like its rent, My Aunt who works at IBM buys Windows, we get 5 licenses from it, that works for my Mums computer, my aunts, my Grandmas, and my main one, then I buy one copy myself for my fileservers and Backup PC, for a subsciption based Windows, at $5 a machine, thats already $45 a month! sure, you with a Quad, 4Gb ram and a GTX could afford that, but keep in mind not everyone has pots of money to spend on computers, I would switch to Linux if that happened, not because I pirate games, and are proud of that, but because I am NOT paying money per month for a OS.
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