Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 3rd Apr 2008 22:40 UTC
Windows Microsoft will shutter its Windows XP line June 30, as planned, ceasing sales of Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Home to retailers and direct OEMs, Microsoft confirmed to eWEEK April 3. The statement from Redmond executives ends weeks of speculation that Microsoft would extend the life of the operating system as users turn up their nose at Vista, the operating system meant to supplant XP, and OEMs argue lighter versions of desktops and notebooks don't have the juice to run Vista.
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RE[3]: Vista is the future
by lemur2 on Fri 4th Apr 2008 02:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Vista is the future"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

"you can't be serious, right ? I do not like Linux too, but having to choose between Vista and Linux I will probably choose to ... no. I will choose to dust off my retail copy of Windows ME.

How can I not be serious?

Check out the competition. If you choose Apple then you're stuck with restricted hardware configurations. Want a desktop quad core Intel CPU? Or an AMD processor? Too bad. If you choose Linux then you're on your own. A lot of people give up on setting an home page on Konqueror.

Do yourself a favour and try Vista. You'll find that most of the arguments against Vista are mostly hot air. Just because the angry mob at OSNews feels that anything labeled Microsoft is bad, doesn't mean that in reality it is.
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Or do yourself and your wallet an even bigger favour and try a recent GNU/Linux. Fedora or Ubuntu would be fine choices. If you don't feel able to install an OS, get a pre-installed system from ZaReason, System 76 or even Dell or HP ... at a stretch you can even get a low-end low-price system from Wallmart online.

You will get a fully functional, stable, secure OS and literally thousands of applications available to you for free, it will perform significantly better than Vista on the same hardware, it will be fully capable out-of-the-box (without the need to purchase extra products such as anti-virus or Office suite), and your data will be saved and exchanged in open formats that can be processed by software from any of several software vendors.

Edited 2008-04-04 02:42 UTC

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RE[4]: Vista is the future
by autumnlover on Fri 4th Apr 2008 10:50 in reply to "RE[3]: Vista is the future"
autumnlover Member since:
2007-04-12


Or do yourself and your wallet an even bigger favour and try a recent GNU/Linux. Fedora or Ubuntu would be fine choices


...and be sure that there are plenty of affordable Linux support companies, whose will be happy to address all your problems with xorg.conf, fstab, menu.lst or even help you to fix that broken GNOME calculator tool in Ubuntu 8.04 - and all this (and more!) at a very attractive monthly fee contracts!

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RE[5]: Vista is the future
by lemur2 on Fri 4th Apr 2008 11:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Vista is the future"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"
Or do yourself and your wallet an even bigger favour and try a recent GNU/Linux. Fedora or Ubuntu would be fine choices


...and be sure that there are plenty of affordable Linux support companies, whose will be happy to address all your problems with xorg.conf, fstab, menu.lst or even help you to fix that broken GNOME calculator tool in Ubuntu 8.04 - and all this (and more!) at a very attractive monthly fee contracts!
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When you buy a system with Windows Vista pre-installed, you should not have any problems with your hardware, and so it is unlikely that you would have to edit the registry or resolve a .dll conflict. Even so, if you do have such a problem ... a support contract is required because you have not much show (outside of Microsoft) of fixing the issue ... because Windows Vista is a closed book. All fixes must come from Microsoft.

When you buy a system with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed, you should not have any problems with your hardware, and so it is unlikely that you would have to edit xorg.conf, fstab, menu.lst, and even if there is a broken tool such as a calculator then there are tens of other equivalent tools available at no cost to you as replacements. Even so, if you do have such a problem ... a support contract is probably not required because there is a whole community of support ... approximately 1.5 million developers with access to the source code to fix the problem and incentive to fix it because either they use that tool themselves or they like the kudos that comes with giving useful open source contributions.

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RE[5]: Vista is the future
by apoclypse on Fri 4th Apr 2008 15:15 in reply to "RE[4]: Vista is the future"
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Or you could, you know, learn how to use google. There are rarely any issues on linux that you won't find the answer to in google with the first results being links to ubuntuforums.org which has a very active helpful community full of people who aren't all tech geeks and the questions asked there range from the most newbish question to the most hardcore geek question.

I can't say the same for windows, most sites that come up as results in google searches usually try to get you to pay for the info, or have issues for months on end without any help from anyone. Even MS's own site is a PITA to navigate through. Issues with Linux can usually be resolved quickly and easily, especially if the issue is just about configuration.

What people don't understand is that the same brute force techniques they use to get windows to work around issues don't apply and aren't necessary in Linux. There is no registry hell to work around, just delete the config files. Software issues are kept to a minimum and can easily be resolved with a bit of commandline trickery, most of the time this could be done through the UI, but its much faster to use the cli.

Anyway, stop trolling!

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RE[5]: Vista is the future
by Quag7 on Fri 4th Apr 2008 15:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Vista is the future"
Quag7 Member since:
2005-07-28

You know, this is a case of you just making shit up.

The online support communities for most distributions are pretty incredible, plus, there's this magical bag Linux users use called "google."

I have never, ever, run into a single human being who dropped Linux because they didn't have a phone number to call for support - ever.

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