Linked by Smith Johnson on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:07 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y A Computerworld blog post reads: "You gotta love it. Microsoft has decided that it will ho ahead and kill off easy access to XP on June 30th. On behalf of desktop Linux users everywhere, and our first cousins, the Mac fans, thanks. You've given us the best shot we'll ever have of taking the desktop."
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RE: Comment by satan666
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 25th Jun 2008 19:46 UTC in reply to "Comment by satan666"
Thom_Holwerda
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2005-06-29

so we (the customers) will have choice.


Strange. I already choose Linux and Mac OS X.

You already have the choice. It's just that people don't give a rat's ass about computers, and don't care about "choice", just as I don't give a rat's ass about "choice" when it comes to beer. I don't drink the stuff, and hence couldn't care less whatever people give me the odd occasion I do drink it.

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RE[2]: Comment by satan666
by satan666 on Wed 25th Jun 2008 20:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by satan666"
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2008-04-18

Yes you have choice right now, but that choice is limited by stupid companies that refuse to issue Linux or Mac versions of their software (AutoCAD, Photoshop, drivers, etc). If every single application was available for all platforms, I bet Linux's desktop market share would be higher.

Edited 2008-06-25 20:25 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by satan666
by snozzberry on Wed 25th Jun 2008 20:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by satan666"
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2005-11-14

stupid companies that refuse to issue Linux or Mac versions of their software (AutoCAD,

An Autodesk developer told me the reason AutoCAD and Rhino can't be ported is because the code is balls-deep in Microsoft-specific technology like DirectX and the development tools that make rapid development for it possible. This is a company that also makes video compressors for OS X, so they have the programmers, they just don't have the time to rewrite their codebase from the ground up for OpenGL.
Photoshop

WINE now runs CS3.

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RE[2]: Comment by satan666
by UltraZelda64 on Thu 26th Jun 2008 19:38 in reply to "RE: Comment by satan666"
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2006-12-05

You already have the choice. It's just that people don't give a rat's ass about computers, and don't care about "choice", just as I don't give a rat's ass about "choice" when it comes to beer. I don't drink the stuff, and hence couldn't care less whatever people give me the odd occasion I do drink it.


Damn, that reminds me. A Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Goose Island Nut Brown Ale or Ayinger Ur-Weisse sounds good right about now. On the other hand, if people stick with the popular crap, they really don't have much choice: typical American-style macro beers usually are so similar, and the differences get down to which ones are at least somewhat tolerable, vs. which ones just suck. Kind of like in operating systems... in fact, the big brands might as well be called "The Windows of Beers." :p

But really--I'm not sure that people don't "care" about choice. They just don't really know what's out there, and probably perceive Macs more inconvenient to get a hold of (plus more unfamiliar) and Linux a major PITA to install and use, or just don't know about it at all. But the biggest problem... it's damn near impossible, unless you know exactly how and where to look, to find a Linux-loaded computer. Windows? You can't find a computer without it. Macs? Yeah, those "premium" priced computers you have to specially order.

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