Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft presented the results for its second quarter of the 2010 fiscal year yesterday, which ended on December 29 2009. As it turns out, thanks to sales of Windows 7, Microsoft experienced a record quarter, which is especially welcome after the previous two lacklustre ones. It sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses during this record quarter.
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StaubSaugerNZ
Member since:
2007-07-13

OEMs aren't the problem. This meme needs to die. The problem is simply that Linux, on a technical level, simply can't compete with Windows and OS X. I don't care how good it is in the server room, or how many developer tools it has, for everything else, it lags Windows and OS X by miles.


Actually I use Windows 7 64-bit and Vista at work. Have used Irix, Solaris (now, that is technically superior!), OSF1 etc. Have used Windows since 3.0. Use Mac OS X on my shiny new Macbook Pro 17". Use Ubuntu for a lot of my consulting work. I have to say that each of these are perfectly usable (and the recent Ubuntu 9.10 is slick and a joy to use). In fact, there are plenty of things that Ubuntu has that I miss when I use OS X. I disagree with your statement.

Also, who really cares about marketshare? Certainly marketing weenies. I think Solaris is an excellent fit for many heavy applications and certainly is vastly superior to Windows Server in uptimes and certain design aspects (you have to reboot your Windows Server more than once per decade? what a joke).

who is retarded enough to say, "Oh, Solaris has a tiny market share, it must be crap, don't use it". Marketshare is for d!ck-swinging comparisons intended for people who aren't technical enough to make intelligent technological comparisons. The "Bob and Joe down in the mail department are using Windows 7, so I should use it too" mentality.

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

I didn't hold marketshare up as an example of why Windows is better on the desktop, just as an indicator that it is better on the desktop and then I gave some reasons why. I wouldn't use Windows for a server. And I myself run Ubuntu in VirtualBox, so I can get Unix-y stuff when I need it without the hassle of constant brokenness when I want to do things like browse the web, play games, create real documents and do Windows/.NET development for my day job.

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

I didn't hold marketshare up as an example of why Windows is better on the desktop, just as an indicator that it is better on the desktop and then I gave some reasons why. I wouldn't use Windows for a server. And I myself run Ubuntu in VirtualBox, so I can get Unix-y stuff when I need it without the hassle of constant brokenness when I want to do things like browse the web, play games, create real documents and do Windows/.NET development for my day job.


Constant brokenness when you browse the web? or make real documents (like PDF yeah? Word is a total joke for professional typesetting). Games, well you have a point there, but not everyone cares about those - although I do, but if could get the same games on the Mac I would (DirectX was an excellent lock-in strategy for Microsoft as is working exactly as they planned, and you can't even see it) - but consoles are a better fit than PCs for many in that space.

Windows 7 is nice, I'm glad you like it, but it is not better on the desktop for all users, and it certainly aint better outside of the desktop space. That is why Windows has essentially failed in the embedded space and Apple and Google are able to lead though in space.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

Yes... windows on a server is a pain in my ass.

Where is the sane scripting environment? Where are the built in tools for archiving? It is driving me nuts...
we have a vendor that chose to use Websphere and Java but deployed on win2k3... wtf!!!

Edited 2010-01-30 01:22 UTC

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flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Mmmm, Solaris 10 + Live Upgrade + ZFS + SMF... administrative heaven.

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