October 24, 2006

Vista and Delphi and Eulas

There is a very good article about Delphi and Vista... and also many on the new rules Microsoft is setting for the coming version of the Windows OS.

You have probably already seen references to it, but there is a very interesting article on Delphi and Vista. It has also an interesting collection of Vista tech links at the end. I have a lot of code to "play" with the hidden application window -- seems it is time to make a good use of them. Anyway, it is nice to know Delphi apps can be ported to Vista without a large effort. Soem reports also say BDS could be exedcuted on Vista... I wonder it I need to new computer to play with the new OS.

On the other hand, I wonder how I'll feel when accepting the Vista EULA (End User License Agreement), granting Microsoft the right to peek at what's installed in my machine, accepting not too change the hardware too much without having to buy a new license, preventing the installation of a second copy of the OS in a virtual machine running on the same computer, and the like. You can read an article describing the changes on cnet, and a very critical post on wendy's blog. Software companies have all the rights to prevent piracy. But software users who have paid for an operating system should have at least some reasonable rights as well... The idea that if I play a digitally protected file (maybe grabbed from my very own DVD) my video player can get stomped or that features on my machine can be disabled (randomly?) if I'm considered a pirate (and I'll have to prove I'm not!), really make me wonder if time has come that legitimate/paying software users stand up for the rights of using the software the buy as they like. Vista looks nice... but XP works well enough, and I might stick with it for my primary system for some more time... or until the rewirte the EULA.

On a more positive tone towards the company, I'm really impressed by how Microsoft is reinventing itself. The article on Ray Ozzie on Wired is a very interesting read. What I find amusing, though, is that on one side Microsoft wants to offer free services (and possible software) for ads, and on the other side produces a user-unfriendly Eula for Vista. On one side it produces great technology for .NET (and could conquer the developers), on the ther side ties it to Vista (limiting the market appeal). Or may be not, they'll open it up for everyone... hope they figure out!






 

5 Comments

Vista and Delphi and Eulas 

I admire your positive attitude, which is healthy.

However, I think that MS' EULA policy for Vista was 
written by the same people who are dismantling the US 
Constitution via the Homeland Security acts.
Comment by Steve on October 24, 23:22

Vista and Delphi and Eulas 

"On one side it produces great technology for .NET 
(and could conquer the developers), on the ther side 
ties it to Vista (limiting the market appeal)"
What's strange? MS needs to sell operating systems 
(and office suites), conquering the developer is 
just a way to accomplish the former. MS does not 
make money on older OSes, they are just a burden. 
Listen to the .NET mermaids, and you'll crash into 
Vista...
Comment by on October 25, 13:10

Vista and Delphi and Eulas 

 Hi, Marco. This week read this article about vista 
and delphi 2006. I made a little program and i put in 
my program only one Tanimate (avi), from the standard 
delphi (win32), and i change the property commonavi 
to aviCopyFiles and change the property to active = 
true. In windows xp works fine and in windows vista 
dont work. I think that i will have serious problems 
with windows vista and delphi 2006. ¿ what do you 
think about ?

vicente.

avmm2004@yahoo.es
Comment by vicente on October 26, 22:56

Vista and Delphi and Eulas 

 Hi...

i tried to install BDS 2006 on Vista. the 
installation was ok. But, when i run BDS i got error. 
So it did not work.
Comment by Abdurahman A. Almatrodi on February 21, 18:48

Vista and Delphi and Eulas 

 Hi,

I am using Windows Vista in my machine,
while working with Delphi, cannot use Delphi HELP
.  it is very difficult ,as vista doesnot support
Winhlp32.exe, i need to conplete my project work.

what shall i do? can install any other software which 
will support delphi help in windows vista...

Kindly assist
Comment by arpita Dutta Roy [http://blog.marcocantu.com/blog/vista_delphi_eulas.html] on August 18, 09:28


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