Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Tue 8th Sep 2009 21:21 UTC, submitted by wakeupneo
Microsoft According to a leak from a BestBuy employee, Microsoft is initiating a sort of "Anti-Linux Training" course for the employees, and those who take part in the said training are rewarded with a copy of Windows 7 for only ten dollars. The leaked screenshots of the campaign show Microsoft's comparison of its own system with an obscure "Linux" and how Windows is better in every way including security, "free downloads", and software and hardware compatibility.
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Well - I think you are "on" to something. There must be something wrong with Windows 7 if they put so much time and effort in a smear campaign against an OS that's only said to have 1% of the market.

Oh - and about the "Linux community"....

I think you are confusing a small (but vocal) minority of purists with a huge majority of just ordinary users. I belong to that latest group, and I can assure you I don't give a dime if a driver is closed or open source. I use the closed source NVIDIA drivers an I am very pleased with the very good performance they give.

I would like to see the majority of Linux users not be punished for the outbursts from the small minority of purists (well - you can always dream hm?).

Back to Windows 7. I tried the latest RC and can say it is a decent product. Despite the enthusiasm outed by a few reviewers, my impression is it is faster than Vista, but in no way as fast as XP. Overall impression is decent, but not exiting. To be earnest - I think Windows 7 is a bit boring. I "played" with it for a while, but find myself closing it down after a relatively short time. I sit behind the screen and say to myself "ohh-kaay - it runs. So what?"

I have been troubleshooter in large Windows (and UNIX) networks for years, so I am very familiar with both systems (yeah - I know, I know - UNIX is not exactly Linux, but anyway). With XP (and NT) I felt comfortable and "at home". This is not longer the case with Windows 7. I feel more "at home" with Linux (Mandriva 2009.1) at this moment. I do not "hate" Windows, but I do not feel comfortable with it any longer. I guess once I tasted the freedom Linux offers me, I felt "locked in" and restricted when using Windows. I have no better explanation.

This feeling is increased by actions like this "education" of sales people....

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