Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Jan 2013 21:28 UTC, submitted by lemur2
Linux "If you consider NetApplications' data set, then Linux owns only about 1 percent of the desktop OS market and Windows has almost 92 percent. But if you consider all computing platforms, including mobile, than Windows has only 20 percent and Linux has 42 percent - and that would be in the form of Google's Android alone." No more or less legitimate than claiming Windows owns 92% of the market. It's all a matter of perspective.
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RE[9]: Marketshare
by lemur2 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 09:09 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Marketshare"
lemur2
Member since:
2007-02-17

The real point is that the is Windows "tax" is absolutely minsicule unless you buy a retail version of Windows. I would probably be only saving $10 if the actual licence cost was subtracted from the purchase price.


But the ongoing cost of running Windows is enormous. Multiple updaters, some apps not getting security updates, IE vulnerabilities, slow-to-update default vulnerable browser that cannot be un-installed completely, ant-virus strictly required, embedded anti-features, installation keys, DRM restrictions, cost of keeping track of licenses, CALs to access servers, lost drivers CDs, lack of drivers for legacy hardware, cannot backup software, re-registration required after replacing hardware, single point of failure in the registry, slows down over time, susceptible to trojans, carries legal impediments, susceptible to spyware and monitoring by big brother, lock-in obscured data formats, patent royalties to be paid, etc, etc, etc.

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RE[10]: Marketshare
by lucas_maximus on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 16:10 in reply to "RE[9]: Marketshare"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Everyone of those has a counterpoint that could be said about software on any operating system.

Also who the fuck uses driver cds these days? Windows will auto detect and install drivers and will update drivers through Windows update.

Only yesterday I Installed a 660 GTX card (so I am Crysis 3 ready) and it found and downloaded the drivers and prompted me to restart.

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RE[11]: Marketshare
by 0brad0 on Wed 23rd Jan 2013 19:16 in reply to "RE[10]: Marketshare"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05


Also who the fuck uses driver cds these days? Windows will auto detect and install drivers and will update drivers through Windows update.


I just reinstalled a friends laptop the other day. Windows 7 did not support any of the hardware natively out of the box. Kinda hard to run Windows update if there is no network connection.

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RE[10]: Marketshare
by unclefester on Thu 24th Jan 2013 03:44 in reply to "RE[9]: Marketshare"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13


But the ongoing cost of running Windows is enormous.



Complete and unmitigated BS. My sister ran an XP laptop for 7 years without spending a cent on software or updates. She used 100% legal freeware.

- The software service packs and updates were automatically dowloaded from MS.

- Firefox.

- OpenOffice.

- free antivirus (Avast/AVG).

- OS was on a backup partition.

- the licence key sticker was stuck onto the back of the laptop and couldn't be lost.

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RE[11]: Marketshare
by lemur2 on Thu 24th Jan 2013 07:44 in reply to "RE[10]: Marketshare"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"
But the ongoing cost of running Windows is enormous.



Complete and unmitigated BS. My sister ran an XP laptop for 7 years without spending a cent on software or updates. She used 100% legal freeware.

- The software service packs and updates were automatically dowloaded from MS.

- Firefox.

- OpenOffice.

- free antivirus (Avast/AVG).

- OS was on a backup partition.

- the licence key sticker was stuck onto the back of the laptop and couldn't be lost.
"

OK, point taken ... I used the wrong word.

The ongoing pain and time investment of running Windows is enormous.

There, I fixed it. My apologies for using the wrong word before.

Edited 2013-01-24 07:45 UTC

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