Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:29 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Well, its not official yet, but Microsoft's Windows 7 has now become the most widely used operating system. . . Windows 7 now has a strong 40.21% share of all desktop operating systems around the world whereas, the usage share of Windows XP has slipped to 38.64%. All this happened a couple of days back (in October). The rise in usage of Windows 7 and the drop in usage of Windows XP has been consistent since the time Windows 7 was first launched.
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by kaiwai on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:06 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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Who are those Linux users you talk about? As a Linux user myself, I'm fairly impressed with Win7. Fanboys of all colours will of course slander the competion, which sort of answers my question as to why you choose to slander Linux users.

Agreed. I would argue though that my experience tends to lean to the bias that Linux fanboys critique of Windows tends to be a lot more sophisticated when it comes to the technical aspects when compared to the Mac fanboy base. I've hung around in the two major bastions of Mac fanboys (Macrumors and Apple Insider) and they really pale in comparison to the kinds of arguments that used to take place on comp.os.linux.advocacy (COLA) back in my younger years. Were there uneducated fanboys on COLA? sure there were but they paled in significance when compared to the debates that would knuckle down into the nuances on how each of the kernels handled threads or how one development model allowed for faster technology adoption.

I'm all for a good debate but I tend to find that the discussions on forums these days tends to have the centre of gravity move towards the intellectual lightweight topics than really addressing the hard issues. OSNews around 5-7 years ago used to have some really good contributors - there was a great article that regarding FreeBSD, an ongoing debate between a person who works in the Windows market and a Solaris engineer/admin/programmer regarding scalability etc. Oh how I long for such discussions again on this website but I fear that such will never come back here again.

Edited 2011-10-18 21:09 UTC

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