Linked by David Adams on Mon 17th Oct 2011 17:29 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Windows Well, its not official yet, but Microsoft's Windows 7 has now become the most widely used operating system. . . Windows 7 now has a strong 40.21% share of all desktop operating systems around the world whereas, the usage share of Windows XP has slipped to 38.64%. All this happened a couple of days back (in October). The rise in usage of Windows 7 and the drop in usage of Windows XP has been consistent since the time Windows 7 was first launched.
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RE[2]: Comment by ilovebeer
by ilovebeer on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:41 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ilovebeer"
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"The Windows OS is not nearly as "bad" and "non-stable" as Linux users are constantly saying.

I don't know who's saying this. Windows been pretty stable since w2k and even more so in XP. Still not as stable as *nix, especially not on the server side, but not nearly has horrid as it used to be.
The level-headed Linux users aren't saying it, but the Linux fanboys still are. I assume because admitting Microsoft has released anything worthwhile, stable, and usable is too much of a painful reality.

"The Linux OS is not nearly as "good" and "stable" as Linux users are constantly saying.

Depends what your metric for "good" is. It sure is stable though.
Good point about "good". I disagree completely about the stable part however and will give an example. I use Linux for an htpc taking advantage of Nvidia's VDPAU. It's been completely stable for me. However, I know several people who have had horrible stability problems with the same setup, and some even with the same hardware (although different Linux distros). I also know plenty of people who deal with software breakage on a constant basis after "upgrading" their packages.

Linux stability is very dependent on what exactly you're using the box for, which software you've installed, which distro you use, and how often you "upgrade" anything.

"Nobody should be surprised Windows is the dominant OS

I'm not suprised but I'm not surpised Lady Gaga is popular either.
Are you not surprised Lady Gaga is popular because she has talent, has mass appeal, or because you believe millions of people have been brainwashed into thinking she's a good artist?

Regarding Windows, ...maybe part of the reason it's so popular is because it's actually earned it by being a useful and "good" desktop to it's users.

"not because of some secret conspiracy against Linux, but simply because it's a great OS for the average user.

Are you sure massive marketing and and a serious OEM foothold has nothing to do with it?
I'm sure it does have an affect.. However, I'm also sure it's much smaller than the conspiracy theorists would like you to believe.

Linux and Microsoft is not David and Goliath. Linux has a ways to go before it can call itself David.

At the end of the day, if Windows suits your needs best, use it. If Linux suits your needs best, use it. I don't see why that's such a hard concept for some people to accept. I personally don't and won't pledge allegiance to any OS. I will, and will continue, to use what works best for me, for the task at hand. If that means using multiple OS's, and it does in my case, then that's what I'll do.

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