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tearmeapart
tearmeapart writes "It may be time again for another discussion/flamewar on the reasons why a lot of us are (still) using Microsoft. The last big discussion on Slashdot was close to 10 years ago, and a lot has changed since then:
  • Windows XP and 7 have proven to be stable (and memories of Windows ME are mostly gone)
  • There are many more distributions for Linux, esepecially commercial options
  • Distributions like Ubuntu and CentOS have made GNU/Linux more friendly
  • Options for word processing, spreadsheets, etc. have grown
  • Apple and their products have changed considerably. However, their philosophy has not seemed to changed.
  • Microsoft Silverlight came and is on the way out.
  • Wine and solutions like Transgaming have matured.

However, many things have not changed, like the Microsoft FUD war, the BSDs' installation UI, and the sky is the limit for Linux (except when it comes to the year of the Linux desktop).

So... why are a lot of us still using Windows? What would it take for us to switch?"

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What's keeping you on Windows?

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  • I use it because it is what I use at work.
    I program .NET primarily- wouldn't make sense to write .NET apps on an Apple or Linux (although, I hear you can).
    It is the standard.
    It is cheaper than Apple.
    I don't like Apple.
    It is easier to find help with.
    I'm secretly scared of penguins.

    All that said- after Vista I almost did leave Windows behind for my home PC and switch to Linux. Vista was just too flakey and crashed every time I did anything.

    Windows 7 won me back though.

  • My customers use it. They are not going to use PostgreSQL, MySQL or Oracle, so don't bother posting about the alternatives.
  • As for what it would take for me to leave Windows.

    One of three things.

    1) Microsoft to screw something up royaly (cost or stability).

    2) Critical mass to move elsewhere to make something else the standard.

    3) A competing operating system filling a need that I have that Windows doesn't meet or do well at.

    Currently Windows isn't too expensive- is the standard and does everything I need fairly well.

  • ...trying to teach my wife to use whatever other OS.
    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      KDE is easier for an XP user to learn than Win 7 is. Have you ever tried any other OS?

      KDE has a lot more user-friendly touches than Windows. Bluetooth is hit and miss on my Win 7 computer, works flawlessly in kubuntu. You have to reboot Windows at least once a month (patch Tuesday) and sometime more often (when a 3rd party app needs a patch and reboot). Linux only needs a reboot if you're replacing the kernel or installing a different distro. And if you do reboot it, it comes back in the same state it was w

  • Starcraft 2. If they ever make it for native linux, then I'll switch in a heartbeat.
  • Windows XP and 7 have proven to be stable

    My month-old win7 starter notebook locked up tight as a drum the day before yesterday. Had to pull the battery to get it rebooted.

    There are many more distributions for Linux, esepecially commercial options

    True, but there were plenty ten years ago. Actually, the only new ones I can think of off the top of my head are Ubuntu/kubuntu.

    Distributions like Ubuntu and CentOS have made GNU/Linux more friendly

    I never did like GNOME, which is why I'm running kubuntu on my mai

  • Big #1: Wine/etc doesn't work well-enough for me for gaming.
    Medium #2: Microsoft Office is FAR superior to all the others. (I'm in the minority that actually use all the little features and Outlook.)
    Small #3: GUI coding tools. (Not IDEs, but coding GUIs).
    Tiny #4: And little things like polish that Linux lacks: [near] universal copy/paste; OLE; a decent permission system (NTFS/NTLM permissions are far more usable than owner/group/user), and so on.

    If not for #s 1 and (to a lesser extend) 2, I could live witho

  • At home: Gaming is my only reason.
    I use Linux for anything serious and everything else. if games developers would release native Linux versions I'd dump Windows in a second and never look back.

    At Work: We develop software-heavy aviation products. Nearly all our products and tools are Linux based. I have to dual-boot Windows and Linux only because our stupid IT department and the clueless non-technical people buying some of the corporate tools we use are too stupid to understand what we developers actually u

  • The suction cups on my paws.

    From Garfield.

  • Games and Steam. That is all. I use libre/open office, gimp, firefox, and everything else i would use on a linux desktop.

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