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]: Not quite
by jaypee on Fri 4th Apr 2008 18:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not quite"
jaypee
Member since:
2005-07-28

That's because you probably invested enough time and effort to make sure that your hardware plays well with Linux, to research, to learn, and you're now enjoying the fruits of your spent time and effort.

What I'm saying here is that most people cannot be bothered to invest time and effort in such endeavors because they have things to do that they consider more important. And Windows does exactly what they need it to do with minimal investment. It's CONVENIENT.

Linux is free as long as your time values nothing.

Also, if Linux works for you it doesn't mean it works for everyone.


That's funny because this is the exact reason I choose Linux over Vista. I have software that ran great in XP that no longer works in Vista so, unless I use it under XP, they might as well be coasters and, no, compatibility mode didn't work. I and friends who have used Vista have had things like printers, scanners and network-attached storage devices not work under Vista. Yes, we can blame the vendor but, I have gotten nearly all my devices to work out of the box in Linux. In fact, the only driver I have had to go out of my way to retrieve was for a newer Atheros wifi card and that took me about 5 mins to get it up an running.

In my spare time, I am a web developer. Linux gives me the tools, out of the box, to be productive. For example, I am working on a project in Django (Python framework) and, out of the box, I get a web server, MySQL and Postgresql database server, Python and any other things I may want to use for development, in addition to a desktop. I just then install, via a package manager, tools I need like the adminstrative tools (GUI) for my databases and the IDE (Eclipse with a python development plugin) that allow me to work. Heck, I can even download the Django framework itself via a package manager and have it installed on the spot.

In Windows, I would have to search for these tools in various places across the internet and very likely need to understand how to set up things like environment variables to run things like Python and...gasp...I might even have to use the command line for a couple of things.

Now, granted, in Linux or Windows, doing something like this would require some expertise.

But, let's go back to Joe Sixpack. Joe Sixpack will likely need help regardless of what OS he uses. Nearly everyone I know uses Windows and comes to me on a regular basis to get things fixed. They come to me not understanding why the software they purchased worked on XP and doesn't work on Vista -- they just say that it's Windows so, it all should work. Hell, it's still hard to get Joe Sixpack to stop downloading any and everything of the internet (legal or otherwise) without an antivirus program. Also, I don't see Joe Sixpack regularly updating their software unless prompted to do so. I check stats on various websites I either run or support and see that people still use browsers as old as IE5.5 so, they would likely shrug their shoulder when told they didn't have the latest Firefox or OpenOffice.

Finally, it's hard to get Joe Sixpack to understand why there are some 4-5 versions of Vista and that the "Vista-capable" PC can't run all the cool effects or that Media Center thing that they saw on some other computer they were playing around on at Best Buy because theirs came with Vista "Home Basic" and not "Home Premium". Explain it to them and ,then, watch their eyes glaze over.

Ease of use is a very relative term and to borrow from what you said, "if Windows works for you it doesn't mean it works for everyone."

Edited 2008-04-04 18:59 UTC

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RE[4]: Not quite
by ari-free on Fri 4th Apr 2008 19:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Not quite"
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

well if they can understand that when buying a car, you don't necessarily get the sun roof and the GPS unless they pay more for an options package then they can understand why this is the case with vista.
What they might not understand is if some software doesn't work and other software does.

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