Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 22nd Jun 2007 06:08 UTC
Windows ITWire: "Linux users can, at times, be the worst kind of ingrates, whining and complaining about what they perceive as missing features in a free operating system. My advice to all such whingers: spend 10 days using the latest version of Windows and you'll realise that you are living in a world of relative bliss."
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RE[2]: With all due respect...
by markob on Fri 22nd Jun 2007 08:46 UTC in reply to "RE: With all due respect..."
markob
Member since:
2005-07-06

You can't ignore Windows even if you're a hardcore linux/mac user. Windows has a huge market share, so it is an important OS, no matter how bad we think (know) it is. Software development depends on this, web development depends on this (remember, most of those users still use IE), security of many many machines/servers, other operating systems are in some way forced to make some features similar to Vista available if they want non-geeky users to addopt their product, ... Again, you can't ignore it.

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RE[3]: With all due respect...
by flanque on Fri 22nd Jun 2007 09:13 in reply to "RE[2]: With all due respect..."
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

It's not about ignoring Windows. It's about people writing the useless articles with the sole purpose in my view to start arguments, and how sites such as this constantly post them.

This is not OSBlogs.com, it's OSNews.com.

Edited 2007-06-22 09:14

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RE[4]: With all due respect...
by twenex on Fri 22nd Jun 2007 11:13 in reply to "RE[3]: With all due respect..."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

It's not about ignoring Windows. It's about people writing the useless articles with the sole purpose in my view to start arguments, and how sites such as this constantly post them.

This is not OSBlogs.com, it's OSNews.com.


OSNews has its faults, but let's face it, the criticism people like you sling at it would make any reasonably independent observer suspect that if you were to take over editorship, a more reasonable name for it would be "OSBendOverBackwardsAndLetMickeySoft-
TakeMeUpTheAssPropaganda.com".

Like it or not, whilst non-Microsoft products/OSes have their faults, so do Microsoft products.

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psychicist Member since:
2007-01-27

An operating system is only important as far as necessary applications run on it. If there are applications running on Linux or Mac OS X that do all that's needed, that's nice. If not you can run Windows in a virtual machine and run those applications there, particularly with 3D graphics virtualisation coming of age.

What's really happening now is that functionality gaps are being closed very quickly so that in fact Windows is indeed becoming redundant and it can and will be ignored because of a lack of usefulness, maybe not as fast as Linux fans would like but still it's happening.

No Windows is running here at all and probably never will be anymore, at least on physical hardware. Not because I hate Microsoft or something but weighed against the alternatives it comes out last.

I still have a Windows XP SP2 virtual machine though to test if the cross-platform software I wrote on Linux/BSD/Solaris also works on Windows. It's just that it's almost never powered up.

So my development process is not exclusive of Windows at all, rather inclusive. Windows is just not a preferred platform for deployment and that's what makes it unneeded. Can you tell me how many Windows developers are able and willing to make their software run on Linux and Mac OS X?

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