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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My Penny worth
by Gone fishing on Mon 1st Feb 2010 07:38 UTC
Gone fishing
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Seems that this has turned into a Linux vs Windows slanging match (which was inevitable) and there's lots of lots of half truths flying about. So here's my view:

1 Windows 7 is not crap - actually quite nice to use. However, it main advantage over Linux is applications, MS Office, Paintshop, Adobe Creative etc. Now I know that some Linux fans will say Open office replaces MS Office etc, etc - but this is not true - these applications are not easy to substitute.

2 Windows 7 is selling so fast because its fantastic - no its good, however, XP which it's replacing is old, obsolete, insecure and arguably only maintained its dominant position because Vista was so awful and it is a platform for running win32 applications.

3 Windows 7 has fantastic driver support and Linux driver support is awful. No my experience is the reverse (yes it is Tom) all my hardware was recognized by Ubuntu and Opensuse and Sound card, wireless were not by Windows 7 for the sound card a creative the drivers were unobtainable. There seems to be a pervasive myth that Linux is bad for wireless drivers and you will always have to use an awful NDIS wrapper. This is not true and I haven't used this since Breezy. There are areas such as scanners where Linux driver support is great but lets not blow this out of proportion. However, for OEM Machines driver support isn't an issue for either as only PC would be built where the hard was supported by the OS.

4 Linux video is unusably crap and fantastic in Windows 7. If this is true why is visual effect turned off on Windows 7 when I watch a video but not in Linux? Why can I start a video drag it over to another screen (so the kids can watch a film) and carry on working on the primary desktop? Linux video seems a least OK to me and my hardware is nothing special Dual core, 2 gig ram cheap Nvidia card.

5 Windows is easy, Linux is difficult and not desktop ready. No Opensuse, Karmic are not that difficult and Windows is not that easy. For boxes setup by OEMs this is hardly an issue anyway. Linux is desktop ready just most folk haven't noticed. Why? inertia partly but mainly because they want to run MS office or Nero or PowerDVD or Photoshop etc.

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