Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 11th Nov 2012 15:49 UTC
Windows "Yesterday my desktop died, and so I went ahead and got a brand new Windows 8 laptop. It's always been my feeling that as years go on, user experience has been going down for people who use a computer and the Internet, because of decisions all companies make that are clearly anti-user, either because they think they know best, or in many cases, for financial gains. But from spending all night reinstalling everything and customizing the laptop, I realized just how bad it has become." Probably the biggest reason to go Mac or Linux. Such a shame Microsoft found it more important to pressure OEMs into silly Secure Boot nonsense instead of doing something about the anti-user crapware disaster. Goes to show who Microsoft cares about. Hint: it ain't you.
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RE[7]: Comment by marcp
by zlynx on Mon 12th Nov 2012 20:41 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by marcp"
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It isn't directly less free for the end-user but the result is less free eventually.

The proprietary fork of a BSD project will attract more users because of the added features and polish. Things like QA testing and documentation, which are often sadly lacking in unfunded open source projects.

As time goes on the original BSD project becomes the unloved poor relative that no one actually wants to use so the choice becomes the "freedom" to use old crap or proprietary good stuff.

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