Microsoft Windows: The AOL of Operating Systems

“Windows has become the operating system equivalent of the America Online Internet service–a mass-market product that only appeals to people who don’t know any better.”

So ends a Forbes article on Desktop Linux, describing what “a Silicon Valley software programmer” already knows. And in case you don’t read as much Linux news as I’ve been lately, here are three examples why:

– The Quickest Patch Ever: MS shows who they really care about (hint: its not you).

“If you really want to see Microsoft scramble to patch a hole in its software, don’t look to vulnerabilities that impact countless Internet Explorer users or give intruders control of thousands of Windows machines. Just crack Redmond’s DRM.”

Windows Vista Needs Family Counseling: Egads! MS more expensive than Apple? Upgrading five family computers to Windows Vista would cost a minimum of $356 (and a maximum of $1159!!!), to OS X would cost $199. (and to the latest version of Ubuntu, $0, of course :)

Vista’s UI is Better Than This!?: XGL on Linux is not only free, it runs with less hardware requirements than Vista’s Aero. You’d think a company worth a quarter trillion dollars could do better.

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3 Responses to “Microsoft Windows: The AOL of Operating Systems”

  1. NMC Says:

    Ubuntu was probably the best thing to happen to me. I switched over about two months ago and haven’t looked back yet.
    I’m one of those nerds who like to tweak and hack a lot and, unfortunately, I could never get WinXP customized to my needs without ending in a BSOD (and frequently a complete repair).
    Luckily, Linux came to the rescue and now I can tweak to my hearts content, knowing I only have to go to nano to repair any mistakes I made.
    Like recently, when I messed up both my network connection and graphical interface. Just boot up to one of the virtual terminals, start up sudo nano, correct the changes and voila! Everything is back to normal.

    Who needs Windows?

  2. Tom Says:

    After reading the last post, I think the person is completely full of it. In NO WAY, SHAPE FOR FORM is someone going to be able to switch over from Windows to Linux, and in a span of 2 months be tweaking his or her heart away. If anything, they will be learning how to get Linux running as it should have out of the box. Don’t get me wrong, the Linux user experience (power user, not necessarily desktop) is FAR better than the Windows one, when Linux is running as it should for said user.

  3. Limulus Says:

    Tom: I wonder if (1) NMC is a student and had all day every day for the full 2 non-school months prior to his early-September posting to work on learning the ins-and-outs of Ubuntu, rather than just tinkering with it occasionally over the span of a couple months, (2) maybe had been playing with Ubutnu for a while, but only fully “switched over” two months prior and (3) maybe had some sort of prior command line experience (Win9X? Some less user-friendly Linux distro?)

    My transition from WinXP only to Ubuntu only was far more gradual (~18 months), but I didn’t dive in head first and took my sweet time :)

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