Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Jan 2009 12:58 UTC
Windows Even though the EULA accompanying the beta build of Windows 7 prohibits the publication of benchmark results (good luck enforcing that one, Redmond), everybody and their dog will still compare the Windows 7 beta to Vista and Windows XP. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is one of those benchmarking the beta, and according to his results, the Windows 7 beta beats both Vista and XP in just about every scenario.
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I mean there is no "financial market" that has to be won, so Linux and associated applications do not need the "next version is better" propaganda. Linux does not need to sell itself, simply because it is free. Windows is NOT free, so it has to be pushed to the people.

I can see the point you're trying to make, but I beg to differ. Linux really does have to sell itself, but not necessarily for reasons of profit. Linux still has to fight off all the anti-FOSS FUD which has been circulated by Microsoft fanboys and other uninformed/misinformed sources. There's still a mostly undeserved stigma about Linux which is keeping a lot of people from even considering it to be anything but some 3rd-rate, "hobbyist" OS.

Linux doesn't have to "take over" or "win"; it's enough that people (other than tech-types) consider it to be a serious and capable alternative.

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