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Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Dear Ubuntu, for the last couple years life has been good. Every time I've shown you to a friend or family member, they've compared you to what they're familiar with--Windows XP or Vista, mostly--and by comparison you've looked brilliant. Yeah, your ugly brown color scheme was a bit off-putting at first, but once people saw how secure, simple, and reliable you were, the response was almost universally positive. But recently, things have changed ..."
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Competition ?
by torturedutopian on Mon 10th May 2010 10:56 UTC
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I actually tend to think it's not the Linux/OSX "competition" that eventually turned Windows into a good (I guess, not tried seven) OS. I think it's just... Evolution, a market getting more and more huge every passing hour, amazingly high incomes, long-term experience. How could it be different ?

About 10 years back, Linux was already quite enjoyable for some kinds of users, and definitely had obvious "plusses" over Windows, but was definitely not noobs-friendly. Nowadays, I know many people that are definitely not computer freaks that use Ubuntu with no problem at all. I can have tons of 3D games, use all my hardware etc. But on the other hand, Windows is not completely usable and a good OS (I guess).

To sum it up, everything is getting better, because, well, it has to, there are more developers, more users, more experience... More competition, also, sure.

I don't really care if Canonical doesn't take over the world - I'm happy to have choice. Linux is not perfect, but it's been good enough to me for years.

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