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Last post Author Topic: What would life be like without Windows?  (Read 8470 times)

Stephen66515

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #25 on: January 30, 2010, 10:44:37 AM »
with the amount of users apple and linux OS's are generating i think it will be curtains for windows soon  8)

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #26 on: January 30, 2010, 10:48:37 AM »
Stephen: People have been saying what you are since Windows 95. Windows is far from dead and in fact Windows 7 actually brought quite a few users back after the Vista debacle. You have to remember, the number of users for Apples OSX and Linux variants can really only go up. When you have the market share that MS has with Windows, it is not that you want it to keep going up, its a matter of maintenance. One thing stats don't account for is how many users own multiple systems in their homes, how many of these homes are DEDICATED *nix/Apple users, and how many of these homes use one platform just because they have to or have no need for something else? Saying Windows is going to meet its demise soon is like calling the end of days which so many tabloids try and do with "Nostradomous" predictions. Apple and Linux can gain all they want but until they offer the majority what they require, Windows will still have its place as it does what a good majority of the population wants.

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2010, 11:10:28 AM »
I know...it was just a random pun rofl, people will never fully migrate to any other OS than Windows :(

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #28 on: January 30, 2010, 01:10:23 PM »
curtains for windows soon
Move in to the light! Fiat Linux.

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2010, 02:06:17 AM »
On a serious note, this article basically echoes a lot of thoughts I've always had. The dreams of getting rid of MS are fantastic in concept, at least some parts, but there are a *lot* of problems to solve to get there. And if you do solve all those problems, it's hard to imagine not basically just becoming another MS-like entity. What it comes down to is that there is tremendous advantage in standardization mixed with accountability (even if that standard is only "de facto" and proprietary, and the accountability costs money). It's hard for the open source community, or even any myriad of smaller companies to offer that. Still, I'm quite curious to see how we'll move beyond MS. I mean it has to happen eventually, right? 100, 1000 years from now, will we be booting up Windows 500 in our space rockets (or our braaaains)? It's hard to imagine...

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2010, 10:56:34 AM »
What it comes down to is that there is tremendous advantage in standardization mixed with accountability
Sure beats the days of fiddling around with, say, CP/M to configure the floppy drives to read a different dialect of CP/M, with a custom driver for every printer which costs the earth because the market segment is so small etc., etc.

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2010, 07:18:51 PM »
What it comes down to is that there is tremendous advantage in standardization mixed with accountability (even if that standard is only "de facto" and proprietary, and the accountability costs money). It's hard for the open source community, or even any myriad of smaller companies to offer that. Still, I'm quite curious to see how we'll move beyond MS. - Oshyan

But that's been the very problem: standardization is fine as long as it is Microsoft's version of it. Web standards have been wildly successful despite Microsoft, who has fought them every step of the way (the reluctance to move off of IE6 is just one example). Because Microsoft wouldn't work with the Open Document Format, it created its own XML-based format and then spent two years politicizing it into a "standard" that's hardly found anywhere online or outside its suite. Microsoft has two choices in the next decade:  (1) move to a *nix-based OS,  or (2) become even more closed, and start developing proprietary hardware to run its software as Apple has done. It's no secret they have to drop the legacy baggage at some point.

Unless you're running MS Office, there are no compelling reasons to use the Windows OS. You can make the same arguments for running proprietary OSX. Even under Linux, I can run any version of Office if I had to. Everything else can be had via virtualization or is not needed, e.g., myriad security products. Assuming I'm not running MS Office, why pay for OS? One reason: because you want to.

As long as you're aware of the strings attached, that's perfectly fine.

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2010, 09:34:23 PM »
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Unless you're running MS Office, there are no compelling reasons to use the Windows OS.
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Wrong... I can think of *several* compelling reasons other than the MS Office suite to use the Windows OS.  They might not be compelling to *you*, but that makes them no less compelling in my eyes.

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Re: What would life be like without Windows?
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2010, 10:30:44 PM »
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Unless you're running MS Office, there are no compelling reasons to use the Windows OS.
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Wrong... I can think of *several* compelling reasons other than the MS Office suite to use the Windows OS.  They might not be compelling to *you*, but that makes them no less compelling in my eyes.

Heartily agreed. :D

- Oshyan