Desperation is the tone of the evolving strip-tease that is 7. M$ has announced that they intend to lock down the desktop background on the version of their OS for netbooks. HAHAHAHA! The hackers will have another high-visibility target.
It is so sad to see M$ and the world waste time on this garbage. I make sure to see my desktops are fully configurable and enjoy with my students the intricate backgrounds they come up with. Sometimes they are original art, a photograph or an image from the web. How cheap/flimsy/worthless will the default netbook install feel to them. They can just buy one with GNU/Linux to escape to freedom rather than shelling out big bucks for another offereing from M$.
This will be the point where M$ finally competes on price and quality and loses badly. The customers will see folks walking around with FLOSS desktops of beauty when M$ comes only in bland stuff.
Is it Canute commanding the sea to roll back? Is it an attempt to freeze the market? Is it an attempt to get OEMs to put something more expensive on the market? Perhaps it is all of the above but it certainly is a depserate measure that shows they wear no clothes.