Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 16th Dec 2007 00:02 UTC
In the News Apple and Linux are engaged in battle a battle to win over disgruntled Windows users. But who will win, and what will the consequences be for the loser? The most commonly held belief amongst Apple and Linux fanboys is that both factions are engaged in some kind of a war with Microsoft. The truth is that if you look at the market share figure for Windows, Mac and Linux, both Mac OS and all the Linux distros that have ever been released are dwarfed by Windows.
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RE[3]: Which one
by wargum on Sun 16th Dec 2007 10:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Which one"
wargum
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2006-12-15

The big advantage for joe is that they can just look at the box and read the requirements and tell, whether the product will work or not with his Windows PC or Mac.

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RE[4]: Which one
by wirespot on Sun 16th Dec 2007 20:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Which one"
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2006-06-21

In theory. In practice YMMV, except they neglect to tell you that part. The stuff on the box doesn't guarantee anything, it's just saying it has a good chance of working.

And it's up to the manufacturer of either OS or hardware to screw it up. Take for instance the recent rebranding done by Microsoft:
http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=204...

They have changed the PlaysForSure logo (their DRM for Zune) with a "Certified for Microsoft Vista" logo. So "certified" will now mean one thing for Zune (ie. supports PlaysForSure DRM and will play tunes downloaded from Microsoft's store) and another for any other device (ie. will not work). Average Joe will be in for a bit of a suprise at some point, even though the device he bought said "certified".

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