Microsoft Restrics Specs for Windows XP based ULPC

. Monday, May 12, 2008

Lately I gave XP quite a bit of attention, and something came up with really annoys the **** out of me.
On one side Microsoft (MSFT) can't let the frivolity of Linux becoming OS of choice of Ultra Low priced PC's [ULPC] which are obviously physically not capable of running vista anyways, but on the other hand they still trying to shove their Vista down our throats by limiting PC specs on which OEM's can install on.

  • HDDs can be no larger than 80GB.
  • The screen size for the ULPCs can be no larger than 10.2".
  • Installed memory can be no greater than 1GB.
  • Processors must use a single core and can be no faster than 1GHz. Processors which are severely handicapped by their mobile oriented design (a la the VIA C7-M and Intel Atom) are excluded from this restriction.
"[Low-cost PC makers] have made some good inroads with open-source, and Microsoft wants to put a stop to it," said a computer OEM official who wished to remain anonymous.