Paul Gregg

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Microsoft XP Retarded Edition to be launched.

Written By: pgregg - Aug• 11•2004

Microsoft is launching a cut down version of Windows XP, as "Starter Edition".  This version will feature (or rather not feature) limited graphical capability and will only allow the user to run three programs at once.

Full story at:

"… in an effort to halt the rise of low-cost Linux software"
"…  it hoped the new software would also help deter consumers from buying pirated versions of its XP system"

I don’t see a XP Retarded Edition helping in either of these battles.

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  1. pgregg says:

    I think the main purpose of the severe limitations will be that OEMs will be unable to use this version.  Thereby being forced to continue to use the more expensive Home/Pro versions ( and continue providing Microsoft large sums of money ).

  2. lastfuture says:

    I think who ever wants to only run 3 programs at once (antivirus being one of them) is not a candidate for getting linux, freebsd and other unix like operating systems… just my 2 cents

  3. DJMirage says:

    Imagine running MSN + Mirc + ICQ ? (cahtjunkie 🙂 how could I code my php then :S

  4. sampler says:

    hehehe, that has an easy solution, use Miranda IM, all in one :D

  5. wildph says:

    There’s a story up on slashdot at the moment, saying that Cnet is reporting that this crippled operating system refuses to work on Athlon/P4 systems.


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