I really object paying for MS's offerings, but I do. MS will only need to bring their prices down when they start loosing sufficient business to other software products to start affecting their profits.
I don't see that happening for quite a while, even if they are taken to court.
You have just screwed up your entire point about Windows being crap im afraid mate - it has the most compatability of any OS. You go and get your linux for free and i hope you have fun trying to get everything you need to run with them.
I use linux in work every day and it is absolutely no way any good for the average home user. Windows 2000 Pro is the best OS i have ever used by far, and i will agree that although essentially the same core and kernal, XP is not quite as good. And if you are talking about the version of Longhorn that is floating around at the moment, then you have to realise it is not much more than XP but with a few "early" signs of development towards Longhorn.
So before you ramble on about Microsoft OS's being ****, then please assess the oposition first, in which case the oposition is Linux (MacOS is RISC im afraid) and as you say it is basically **** for reliability.
Linux for hom users? - How many people do you know have servers in thier homes :-D
But it can't can it? Which is why you are using Windows - which can.
If I had a pound for every time I've heard someone calling Microsoft operating systems 'junk' I would be almost as rich as Bill Gates. And yet the very people who make those remarks invariably turn out to be using Windows, because it does what they need it to do.
Which is why Bill Gates has all that money - he produces something we all need.
Let's not have thread full of anti-Microsoft rants please, we've heard it all before.
I do agree that Microsoft charge very high prices but they also produce some of the best software and have some of the best support in the world.
Years upon years of development goes into each version of Windows or Office etc and they do have to pay a lot of money themselves, they probably do not make as much money per unit sold as you may think. But the fact that so many people buy their products yeilds better returns after say a year or so.
Dont knock what you cant do without.
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