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Maybe this is happening as you’re buying a new computer: One devil urges you to buy a Mac 8 Reasons Why I Switched To A Mac 8 Reasons Why I Switched To A Mac I've been using Macs for about 5 years now, and before that I was a 100% Windows and PC guy. What happened exactly? Why did I switch? Without wishing to start a flame war, here... Read More or at least get a Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook? Read More , while the other insists you try Linux The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees The Best Linux Distributions For Windows XP Refugees Read More . And here’s me explaining why you should stick with good old Windows.

Windows remains the dominating desktop operating system. Windows 7 is found on more than half of all PCs and Windows XP still runs on almost a quarter of home computers. Overall, more than 8 out of 10 desktop computers is a Windows machine and notebook sales are recovering; guess why.

PC Market Share

You Already Know How Windows Works

If you don’t like change or learning new things, you can close this article after reading this first point and be happy.

You’ve been using Windows for years, you have a selection of favorite software, and your external hardware, like your printer or scanner, is working just fine under Windows. Basically, you invested many hours to adapt to the Windows environment. If you can’t be bothered to re-learn basic tasks or find alternatives and workarounds under a new operating system, why would you?

Windows XP Bliss

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Even if you needed to upgrade your current computer, it’s probably easier to adjust to a new version of Windows, than to learn a completely different operating system from scratch. Despite what everyone is saying, Windows 8.1 isn’t all that bad. In fact, the desktop interface is almost the same as Windows 7. With the 8.1 upgrade How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! Read More and Update 1, Windows will boot your PC to the desktop by default and the missing Start Menu is easily replaced 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now 2015!? No Way Microsoft! How to Get Your Windows 8.1 Start Menu Now Windows 8 won't get a native Start Menu after all. But why wait on Microsoft? Here's how you can help yourself with third party tools like Classic Shell or Start8 and other workarounds. Read More . Heck, you could even play it safe and stick with Windows 7 4 Cheap Ways To Obtain A Legal Copy Of Windows 7 4 Cheap Ways To Obtain A Legal Copy Of Windows 7 It seems like Microsoft is hitting the nail with Windows only every other version. Windows 7 was one of them. Thing is, Microsoft doesn't sell Windows 7 anymore. Here are your options. Read More .

Check-In: Are you with me on this one? Then you’re almost done. Just leave a thank you comment and you’re good to go.

Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System

If you use your computer for more than accessing a browser, you need a proper operating system.

Whether you’re getting a Windows 8 tablet or a Windows desktop computer, you’ll be working with a powerful operating system. Even though it was designed for tablets, since the introduction of Windows 8.1 and its first Update Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Windows 8.1 Update Is Here! What It Is & How To Get It Now Curious about the latest Windows 8.1 Update or not sure what this is about? KB2919355 is a cumulative update that comes with useful features. It can also be removed in case it causes issues. Read More , the latest version of Windows is incredibly desktop-friendly.

Windows 8 Logo & Start Screen

By design, Chromebooks depend on Internet access. While you can connect external storage devices Two Hardware Hacks to Improve your Chromebook: SD Cards and USB Modems Two Hardware Hacks to Improve your Chromebook: SD Cards and USB Modems What's the best way to super-charge your Chromebook's functionality? Try out these two hardware hacks to make your device do more. Read More and use offline modes of web-based tools, local storage is about as generous as what you’ll find on an average smartphone and you can’t install Windows software Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook Chromebooks run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. Can you switch to a Chromebook? Read More . Period.

Check-In: The Chromebook is eliminated based on its many limitations, but Linux and Mac remain in the race Mac, Linux or Windows: It Really Doesn't Matter Anymore [Opinion] Mac, Linux or Windows: It Really Doesn't Matter Anymore [Opinion] It matters less and less every year what operating system you use, because every year we all spend more time on our computer using nothing but the browser. And browsers are cross-platform. Want to have... Read More .

Windows Comes Pre-Installed On Affordable Hardware

A ready-to-use Windows laptop or desktop computer can be had for under $300.

This price is comparable to a Chromebook or Android tablet and if all you do is use your browser and the Internet, by all means, get a mobile device. If you’re expecting to multi-task or install software, however, you already know better.

You can buy a cheap laptop that comes pre-installed with Linux Three Awesome Linux Laptops You Can Buy Right Now Three Awesome Linux Laptops You Can Buy Right Now Linux is amazing, unless it won't install. Then it just hurts. Fortunately, a number of laptop makers build Linux laptops that don't suffer from any driver or software faults. Read More , but the choice is limited and it would require that you adapt to a new operating system. You can also install Linux for free on any Windows hardware you already own or dual boot Windows and Linux Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu Tired Of Windows 8? How To Dual Boot Windows & Ubuntu If you discover that Windows 8 isn't quite your cup of tea, and you have no feasible path to downgrade, it may be a good idea to dual boot with Linux to have an alternative... Read More , but it’s something you have to spend time and energy on to set up. Windows comes pre-installed on most hardware and works right out of the box.

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Linux is a free option that, with some work, can be optimized to replace Windows Making Linux a Genuine Windows Replacement Making Linux a Genuine Windows Replacement With Windows 8 casting a long shadow over the PC industry and Valve committing to create Linux-based gaming PCs, there's never been a better time to start using Linux. For many users, the Linux desktop... Read More . Investing in the Macverse, however, is a whole different ballpark. Moreover, despite the inflated price and walled nature of its environment, Apple supports its operating system with updates for a much shorter time than Microsoft Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Windows XP Lasted Longer Than World Wars I & II Combined Think Microsoft is letting Windows XP die too soon? You're not alone. Many think this is a cash grab. What if I told you Windows XP is the longest supported version of Windows ever? Read More .

Check-In: If you’re looking for the best value, Macs are out.

Many Developers Support Windows Only

Because Windows remains the dominating operating system by far, developers often don’t bother with supporting other platforms.

You may find alternatives, but if you depend on specific software or want to play a particular game, you’ll have to use workarounds like running it in WINE on Linux Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can't Expect Linux Gaming, an Overview: What You Can And Can't Expect While desktop Linux may be a tempting platform, there's one thing stopping a lot of people from making the plunge: PC gaming. Like it or not, Windows is the de facto platform for PC gaming.... Read More , which can be difficult to set up and buggy. On the bright side, Steam made a commitment to support more Linux games Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here's Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now Using Wine to Play Games On Linux? Here's Why You Should Switch To Steam Right Now In the last couple of months, Steam has been getting a lot of attention. Not necessarily because of the games that it's been carrying, but because of its expanding support of different operating systems. If... Read More , which led to a great influx of new games, but big publishers are still ignoring the platform. Likewise, hardware developers refuse to support a fraction of the PC market. That’s unless it comes at a premium, which is why you see a lot of Mac-specific software and hardware.

Linux Gaming

Even our resident Linux writer Danny recommends you to check for hardware compatibility, software needs, and gaming preferences before you decide to switch to Linux The Ultimate "Should I Use Linux?" Checklist The Ultimate "Should I Use Linux?" Checklist Deciding whether switching to Linux isn't so easy, because Linux isn't perfect and sadly not for everyone -- although we'd like to think that. Is it for you? Read More .

Check-In: If you’re happy to compromise on software and games, you’re a Linux person. Otherwise you’re not and you know what that means.

Which Operating System Do You Choose? Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC Buying a new PC? You have more operating system choices than ever. Which should you choose? We'll give you an overview, along with advantages and disadvantages. Spoiler: There's no one best option! Read More

Nobody can give you a one size fits all recommendation. I’ll try anyway: If you have to listen to one of the silly imps, then try Linux Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC Curious About Linux? 5 Easy & No Risk Ways To Try Linux On Your Windows PC Want to check out Linux, but fear you might wreck your existing Windows installation? Don't. There are plenty of risk-free ways to try Linux, from live CDs to USB keys to virtual machines. Whether you're... Read More . It’s free, open source, and you can easily dual boot it, while still running Windows. You won’t lose anything and you might find that you like it.

In the end, only you know what you really need and which features you most appreciate. All things considered, leaving Windows behind and switching to a different operating system might be best for you. Or maybe you’re considering a return to Windows after all. I hope this article helped you figure it out once and for all.

Where do you stand? Which is your favorite operating system, why do you stick with it, and which other ones have you tried?

Image credits: Apple Dollars via Shutterstock, Linux Gaming by opensource.com on Flickr

  1. DrK
    November 29, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    I have several computers in our home: a Win7 netbook, Win10 laptop/tablet, Mac OS/X laptop, and three Linux desktops. By far, Linux (openSUSE) requires a fraction of the time troubleshooting and maintaining than any of the other options. Nearly every software title I run in Linux comes from an openSUSE repository. With the exception of four commercial software titles (three of which are Windows programs which run just fine under Linux using WINE), all my software is updated via a single process (using openSUSE's setup and administration tool YAST) along with the operating system. Updating or installing software, including operating system components, doesn't require a reboot. Updates/patches can be configured to run automatically. The computer that my kids use can go months without a restart with no effort spent on keeping it up to date on my part.
    The only game the kids have asked for (so far) has been Minecraft, which runs on Linux w/o a problem.
    My Windows 10 laptop, on the other hand, requires weekly, if not daily, interventions to address Windows updates, security patches from the manufacture, and software updates. Each application has its own approach to interrupting my workflow, distracting me, and often require that I save and shut down ever other application running so they can install and the inevitable reboot.
    The biggest problem facing Linux installation isn't hardware compatibility (I have had three peripherals over the last 10 years which had problems with Linux--v. the same number of devices which didn't work under new versions of Windows) but rather the freedom of choice Linux offers. You can accept the reasonable defaults when installing, but you get a lot more freedom to customize and configure your computer. With rare exception, every function of the operating system has multiple different, standards-based, implementations.

  2. fcd76218
    August 2, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    "You Already Know How Windows Works"
    That is the silliest argument for running Windows and against learning/running another O/S! Following your reasoning, we should not need to learn any foreign languages because we already know our native language. I'm not advocating that users know 5 or more O/Ss but 2 or 3 expand knowledge and look good on a resume.

    "Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System"
    And OS/X, Linux, BSD are chopped liver? They are just as good, if not better than Windows.

    "Windows Comes Pre-Installed On Affordable Hardware"
    That is thanks to gentle and not so gentle pressure from Redmond on hardware manufacturers to load Windows on their PCs. Linux loaded on that very same 'affordable hardware' can run circles (performance-wise) around Windows.

    "Many Developers Support Windows Only"
    Here again MS exerts its not insubstantial heft to make sure the developers stay on the reservation. Unfortunately, the developers are leaving a lot of money on the table by ignoring Linux.

    "You won’t lose anything and you might find that you like it."
    I was a Windows user for close to 20 years. For the last 5 years of my employment, I used both Linux and Windows. When I retired, I went 100% Linux and haven't looked back. There is NOTHING Windows can offer me except a walled prison of having to jumpt to Redmond's dictates.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 3, 2016 at 7:38 am

      How come you discovered this two year old article now? Was this re-tweeted recently?

      • fcd76218
        August 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm

        It was listed in the right panel of another article. It sounded interesting, so I clicked on it. Inquiring minds, etc. :-)

  3. daniyal141
    December 14, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I am a quick learner and I want to make more use of that. So I switched to Debian Linux. Really, it already feels like home for me. Without even a week of usage!

  4. PRETHOUGHT
    December 10, 2014 at 12:12 am

    This article is quite humorous. If you took a sheet of paper and placed a dot on it. That dot would represent Microsoft Windows and the rest of the page would represent UNIX/Linux world at large.

    Facebook, Amazon, Google, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, GM, Ford, Chrysler, you name the industry and they are all running UNIX/Linux variants.

    Heck http://www.makeuseof.com runs on Linux!

    Windows is dying and Microsoft knows it. Hence Azure supporting Docker, Office available to iOS and Android. Cheapy Baytrail Tablets without Windows licensing fees. Open sourcing .NET core

    Microsoft is doing everything it can to stay relevant and to shift to the cloud where UNIX/Linux is already there

  5. yep
    November 7, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Windows is for people who can't understand pcs!! Digital hand-cuffs, and not the fluffy kind.

    • David Maydew (M0DCM)
      August 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Well, I can totally agree! At least 90% of Windows users run Pirated Software, Most definitely don't know what they're doing, and Windows is just going downhill fast. I used to run Windows, and write applications in both VB/VB.net and C#.net but in early 2009, I switched to Ubuntu after buying a PC with Microsoft's Ginger Haired Step Child Vista installed. My Fiancé now runs Ubuntu on a Laptop I bought her for her birthday as she said "I really hate Windows!!" and also my 3 Step Children 14,13 & 8 all run Ubuntu on their Laptops, and they have already begun spreading the word to all their friends.
      I still dabble in programming, and have started using C/C++ and learning Java and PHP.
      Linux has already taken the world by storm, mostly thanks to Android, and also most Web Servers and Datacenters run this fine less resource hungry OS too.
      Windows 10 is now forced on to unsuspecting PC users, who haven't realised the security risks and the lack of Privacy the downgrade gives them. The other good thing with Linux is Valve and Steam, with more and more game developers jumping on the wagon and releasing the AAA games that were once only available to Windows users.
      One more thing, Windows users only look forward to the latest release of DirectX, Linux users look forward to more, and the future is bright!!

  6. Dennis D
    September 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    This article came off like you were being paid by Microsoft to defend Windows. As far as Chromebooks, duh, you can't install "Windows. Period.". It runs Chrome OS, a *NIX-based OS. With Apple products, again, it's your choice to pay that extra money. Windows and OS X aren't even comparable. Are they both technically computers? Yes. But OS X and Windows are about as close as Windows and Linux (OS X, based off of Darwin, which is based off of BSD, it actually a distant cousin of Linux, since BSD and Linux are both based off of Unix). There really isn't any comparison. And as far as Linux: you're acting like no one in the history of the world ever grew up with Linux as an option. Maybe they are people that grew up with Debian as their primary OS instead of Windows. What's so wrong with that? I think I see the points that you're trying to make, and I'm really trying to not come off of as an asshat (which I'm probably doing a royally terrible job of doing), but it just seems the way in which the article was written was 100% Windows-biased without even a little respect for other OS.

    • James Van Damme
      June 2, 2015 at 12:22 am

      I just installed Lubuntu on an old XP laptop for my granddaughters (9 and 8 years old), and they love it. Drawing, writing stories, writing music, editing photos. Hopefully they will grow up thinking Windows is weird and strange.

      • David Maydew (M0DCM)
        August 26, 2015 at 10:58 pm

        I too have just installed Linux in the flavour of Ubuntu on my 3 Step Children's and my Fiancés Laptops and they haven't looked back. My 8yr old Step Daughter uses it for writing stories, playing word games and maths games amongst others. My 2 Step Boys use it for their Homework, watching Netflix, streaming music and films from my Plex Media PC (Which is running Ubuntu) and playing games on Steam from the same Media PC connected to a 42" TV and surround sound system.
        They've also begun spreading the word of Linux around their schools, to their friends, and already a few have also begun using this great OS.

        The guy who wrote this article is talking out of his Parallel Port, as it seems he's scared of trying something new and actually liking it, amongst noticing that it's far more secure than Windows ever will be.

        Live Long and Prosper the Linux Way!!

  7. marni
    September 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Yes, I reluctantly agree, Windows is still best for most people, a judicious balance of features and usability [Linux too nerdy, Mac too limited (i.e. ever try to customize Mac?!] and expensive].
    Still, as a reviewer comparing PS4 to MS's offering, said, "Sony will take a full year to release Morpheus because they refuse to release a buggy product, unlike Microsoft.".
    MS just doesn't follow through, build in quality [pretty interfaces, glitzy features, but junk under the hood.
    So Windows, yeah; but it isn't anything to celebrate...

  8. Rupert Taylor
    September 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Personally, Microsoft sucks and here's why: I can do everything I need to without them! I once was lost, but now I am found. I am a professional web designer doing mostly WordPress work, in addition am a content creator for blogs, and have millions of views on my youtube channel with my professionally edited videos - all completed perfectly with Linux OS. My PC was converted to Linux a year ago from Windows 7, and after checking out and trying about 20 other Linux distributions, I have settled on LinuxMint 17 Cinnamon edition. No longer do I fear viruses, no longer do I need multiple anti-virus, anti-malware, this and that on my PC because I no longer "do Windows" nor do I require anything made by Microsoft. It's a great feeling and my PC is much cooler looking , more sophisticated and more intelligent that ever with open source items. This article should have added that the #1 operating system for mobile devices is Android, which is Linux to the core. So in reality, we all use our mobiles quite a lot, and for the majority in the world, people prefer and really enjoy their Linux run phones (Android). Apple does have a good product too, but I will never own another Microsoft product because I can do everything I used to do, without the constant security threats everyone enjoys with Windows. I also use Liberte Live CD for my online banking and privacy, and CrunchBang on my oldest PC which has 318MB RAM and 40Gig HD. That old thing flies with Linux (CrunchBang), but was slow as an old dog with Windows and seemed broken until Linux gave it new legs. Those willing to experiment with a LIVE CD might find like I did, Linux really does have it all.

    P.S. I am not a gamer, and no not need Photoshop.

  9. dulwichdik
    September 3, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Macs are for people with more money than sense, Oooo doesn't it look nice! after two years you'll be forced to hand over more cash because they write the new software to exclude the earlier machines, you'll be tethered to to their diaper strings for as long as you are stupid enough to rush and buy more of their legacy products.
    Where can I buy a ten core cpu with 32Gb of Ram with motherboard level anti-virus that has an apple sticker attached?

  10. Bruce Barnes
    August 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    I do believe the new lower price of Windows laptops is an attempt to better compete with Chromebooks. In other words, had it not been for Chromebooks we would still be paying high prices for Windows products.

    I personally prefer variants of Ubuntu Linux and Chrome OS and I only use Windows now for Quicken.

  11. KT
    August 27, 2014 at 2:03 am

    A lot of good (and hilarious) comments here. That's the proof of a good article. I have 1 disagreement that needs clarity. It was stated that Windows is a "complete o.s.". That's flat out wrong. If you get a pc builder Windows disk, you have to add a lot of 3rd party software to make it work, like: anti virus, anti malware, better browser, multiple video drivers, etc just to name a few. A Windows build takes me a whole weekend, a Linux build takes me under 2 hours and all but about 5% of the software I need is in the synaptics. In the end it's a matter of choice, and I'm glad we all have a few to choose from.
    One thing puzzles me, a lot of people moaned about o.s. sizes in gigs, ie: 4 gigs, 8 gigs, 25 gigs. So what? Most HD's are over a terabyte now, if I have 25 gigs of software, not bloatware, it's a better value for me. I'm no hater BTW, I have to use Windows NT on my primary cnc machine at work. We had to quarantine it due to security risks.

  12. Nirjhar
    August 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Every OS has their particular user base. They all have fan boys, they all have haters. It is complete rubbish that "There's a One Perfect OS exists".

    I primarily use both Windows and Linux according to my work requirements. I use Windows Server 2012 R2 and Debian Wheezy together. I do not care about OS. I only care about applications which I need to run to get my job done in minimum amount of time.

    I love running Jetbrains Pycharm and Intellij IDEA in windows. I even purchased licenses for them. Using windows as base for those IDE gets my job done in minimum amount of time. But all my development stacks like Java or Python or Node.js are installed in linux, where it can be setup in minimum amount of time. I just connect them from my windows system where I work on those IDE.

    To do my work, I need both Windows and Linux and I will continue use both OS as long as I accomplish my works.

    @Tina: The article is not biased but the title is uncalled for.

    • Tina S
      August 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Nirjhar.

      You're right, the title triggered a lot of negative attention. Might have been better phrased as a question. You live, you learn. :)

    • Nirjhar
      August 26, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      @Tina: I see your point. The article is definitely not promoting Windows though the title suggests otherwise. You have pointed couple of good reasons to use Windows and you are being accused of getting paid by Microsoft. If you had done the same for other OS like OS X or Linux, you would have been marked as l33t.

      It is a mass Internet phenomenon. Tell something good about Windows and you become Microsoft employee instantly. You criticize Linux for pointing couple of not so good things and you will earn yourself a group of haters who will abuse you, accuse you and kill you and if possible, nuke you to death and then make you alive and then abuse you, accuse you, kill you.................

      OS is not everything. Main thing is applications. You do not write a document or make a chart or watch movies in Windows or Linux or OS X. You use an application. You need word processor to write documents, you need spreadsheet to make charts and you need a video player to watch movies. You can accomplish all these tasks in Windows or in Linux or in OS X.

      If you come to security, all the OS have potential to be most secured platform. A well maintained Windows server is way much secure than a badly maintained Linux server. It is true for exact opposite as well. You just need to know the flaws of each OS to patch those flaws and make it secure. It is simple but ignored by many.

      Just learn which application you need to make your job done and you will be fine with any OS out there, be it Windows or Linux or OS X.

  13. Dr.Mohommad Abdul Rafay
    August 25, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I will go for Linux. I have tried almost all linux destros. Unbuntu is my favourite. I have windows vista on my Toshiba Qosmio. I reinstalled the windows vista and I was shocked that I could not download internet explorer 9 and still struggling. It is shame on microsoft that their own operating system does not install their own internet explorer. I installed firefox in minutes. The best part is linux / Ubuntu dual install allows you to keep the windows because you paid for it and who knows you may need it. I have learned so much from makeuse of site that I would not learn by joining computer classes.
    I am learning linux and shell scripting and commands. It is fun. Thank you guys.

  14. Manny R
    August 25, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I like Windows because it is easy to use and has AutoHotkey.

  15. Stephen Wilson
    August 23, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Windows simply works. Apple/Mac too expensive. With every distro of Linux I've ever tried I spend more time trying to get stuff to work than the work I was trying to do would have taken. I still diddle with Linux just to learn more about it but to get real-time, for PAY, work done I can't waste my time with it and have to use the WORKING Windows OS and applications.

    • A.Skauby
      September 11, 2014 at 10:14 pm

      Stephen: Can You name a few of the distros You've tried - Would be interresting to now, since You must have stumbled over some either advanced, or completely outdated distros?
      And here's a nice tip for you: Kubuntu 14.04 - intuitive, tweakable, easily maintained, similar _enough_ to both Windows AND OsX when it comes to its design, "Wine" works like a charm with most of my windows prog's, and "Play on linux" takes care of me playing, for instance "PoP - Sands of Time" or "GTA IV" But I must admit - The 1 single driver that failed me, and forced me to use my $6 SD card-reader before I did some changes in the sourcecode and recompiled it was a tiny bit anoying [had the same problem, with the same reader while running W7 - but then I could neither rewiew, and change, the sourcecode, nor recompile it],it runs fast and smoth even while gaming. Not bad from a well used compaq cq58?

  16. dan
    August 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Thanks Tina for an interesting article.
    I feel sorry that the IT community has not matured enough to go past banner flying and beating on chests.
    I manage a set of iPads at the school I work, under the title of the IT Guy (Truly by default, I assure you). I find that Apple support is at best unsatisfactory. The software supporting managing iPads substandard and boggy. The OSX is not to my lacking, particularly the lack of a file manager is at best annoying. The iTune access and apps management is ....something else. But in the end, it gets the job done.
    I have many times installed various distros of the Linux kind. I really like it, but I have never been able to do all that I wanted to do with it. The things I couldn't do took me ages in trying, and yes back to the terminal, archaic!. So time again I had to ditch it. I however use a lot of the free "linux" software on my windozes.
    So, all that matters is that it does the job you want it to do satisfactorily. Nothing's perfect.
    I learned on Apple2e and over the years use a lot of various stuff, and yes I hated win 95/98, but got use to it.
    Use what works for your purpose, is my advice.
    Thanks again Tina.
    PS I got use to chromatic books, and its OK. I am starting to use it quite a lot, with all its limitations! Mine is HP 11., and I love my Nokia w8 phone (which is weird, out of step with the masses!). It is what works....

  17. A.L.
    August 23, 2014 at 5:55 am

    I love Linux. I like OS X and Windows 8 is okay. Linux appeals more to those who jailbreak their Apple devices or put a new rom on a Android phone or tablet. While many versions of Linux are easy too use they are just not a great alternative for many people. MSFT shot itself in the foot with Windows 8 and the 8.1 update failed for many users. Windows 9 better be solid. Linux biggest strength is also what causes people to be confused and not use it.

    Their are so many versions. Many of the help forums are filled with trolls. Some hardware isn't well supported. Printers being one. I could never get my Lemark printer to work or a Epson. OS X is sweet but Macs cost a lot. In my view if money is a problem and you have some patience then Linux is the way to go. I use Mint Debian and PC/OS Linux but those who love the look and feel of OS X might dig Elementary Freya. As more Linux versions mature and become easier to use more people may try and use it. Right now you lose folks with conversations about using a terminal or compiling from source.

  18. David
    August 23, 2014 at 3:56 am

    Linux desktop computing has fully matured so skip Windows upgrades. Unless your computer does some heavy lifting ( graphics, etc) or special needs (gaming) consider just keeping your aging computer and ditch Windows for a user friendly Linux like Ubuntu (or one of its older computer friendly cousins like Xubuntu or Lubuntu that are even less resource intensive). You'll probably get a few more good years out that old box and it won't cost you a dime.

    I do some work for a small private school that relies on donated used computers and uses Google for Education. Upgrades to Windows 7 were going to cost them about $50 each - more if they wanted Office. For that they got a slow under-powered clunker that struggled even with Aero turned off. After some trials we found that Lubuntu Linux using Chrome browser and LibreOffice would do everything we needed for free and oh so much faster. In fact, we pulled a few boxes out of the parts bin and put them back in service when we saw how well Lubuntu worked on our older machines. Now the teachers are so pleased they are bringing their older home computers in for this upgrade - takes 15 minutes.

    The OS is becoming less of an issue with each passing day. They all have converged to a similar interface anyways (except for freaky Win 8). They all have a desktop with icons that open software that is pretty much the same - email, write some letters, crunch some numbers, update Facebook, yada, yada, yada. Browser based tools makes the OS even less important - Gmail works about the same on any computer.

    The only real reason for most people to keep using Windows is that it comes free on cheap computers. That is of course assuming that they even need to buy a new computer.

  19. Bill
    August 23, 2014 at 2:08 am

    I have shifted 10 different users over to Linux over the the last 8 years (and running it on 3 machines myself) and having 5 colleagues also using it on between one and 4 machines. Some use Mint, some Ubuntu (1 uses Crunchbang) Some use KDE, some XFCE, others Unity or Cinnamon desktop.

    What none of us has is

    - A single virus or piece of malware - ever.
    - Defragging - ever
    - Day long Windows updates
    - The need to buy a new machine
    - Running out of memory
    - System sapping virus scans that have to be suspended so you can actually work.

    My laptop (which was low end when new) is 9 years old and runs as fast today as it did on day one and that is still faster than Win8.1 on my uncle's brand new Windows laptop.

    A M$ user above boasted that his Win8 installation was 5 Gigs smaller than his Win 7! What about 1 Gig in total for the fattest Linux installation with everything turned on and all the software most people could possibly need? Most Linux users are still moaning that some distros don't fit on a CDROM. (Many still do)

    A 64 bit operating system that runs in 280 Mb of memory - not 2 Gigs of memory.

    A modern journaling file system like EXT4, not a crappy fraggy filesystem like NTFS that was obsolete 12 years ago, and pretty crap to start with.

    All updates handled in one click and in a minute or two - that means everything including all installed software not just the OS. So no more trawling around filehippo downloading individual exe files and then having to remember to not install all the bundled crapware and toolbars.

    A proper operating system where userspace and system are fully distinct and no user can pull down the system and no user software can write into system space.

    As much or as little customisation as you want - 1 desktop or 4 desktops? Don't like the windows manager? Change it.

    Its understandable that people who have blown thousands over their lives on hardware because their Windows keeps mangling their systems don't want to face up to the fact that they have been, and continue to be shafted.

    Sure your latest system may be running fine since you brought it back from the store a few weeks ago But in 2 years time you'll be back down there (like so many times before) being told there's nothing they can do and the best thing to do is bite the bullet and buy a new 900 quid system.

    You will hand over the cash and convince yourself that Windows 10 is so much better than that pile of crap Windows 8, and way better than the balls up Windows 9 that you were clever enough to skip over.

    As you sit there for 9 hours waiting for the Windows 10.1 update to install (only 6 reboots necessary) don't forget to borrow someone else's PC so you can post about how great Windows is, how crap Linux is and how you didn't really want that holiday this year anyway.

    • Danny
      August 24, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Dude no one care. Ram is cheap, HDD are cheap $60 ( they dont even last that long - dies for no reason). Motherboards are cheap ($50). You probably pay more for your smart phone bills or even a smart phone.

      Pirated/unpatched OS catches virus. Worried about viruses use Windows RT devices. Doesnt android catch malware ?

      No need to defrag. windows keeps fragmentation under control

      Windows updates don't take a whole day ...it wont update if you keep using the net unlike Linux which will interfere with internet access.

      every month there are 140+ mb updates on linux mostly consisting of Mozilla firefox or chrome and shit one doesnt use.

      apps look really ugly on linux. too many boring apps. default music player banshee keeps crashing all the time on ubuntu.

      Cant use the HDD on another pc ( Linux wont boot up)

      Linux has serious limitations. It obvious you havent used windows for a long time

    • Liam
      August 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Ok Danny, lets deal with that point by point.

      1) Hardware is cheaper than in the past so that means that paying for software that trashes your system regularly is ok. That is mental logic. Not everyone in the world is as free with their money as you seem to be. You seem to think that being mugged every week is ok as long as the mugger takes less than they did a couple of years ago.

      2) No one is talking about 'pirated OS' what on Earth are you talking about? No one runs Android on a desktop computer. What on Earth are you talking about?

      3) No need to defrag Windows. I suppose that why it comes with a (crap) defragger? It uses NTFS, NTFS needs regular defragging as it always has done since it was released a couple of decades ago. What you are saying is nonsense.

      4) When you get back from the shop with your computer the very first thing you will have to do is a Windows update to take care of all the horrific threats and deficiencies that have emerged since the generic version of windows was given to the OEM. That's easily months worth. Assuming that the update works and that you have other things to do with your life than sit staring at a blue screen, that can easily take all day.

      5) Linux updates interfere with net access. That's just nonsense. Unlike Windows, Linux updates allow you to carry on working before during and after. Reboots are only necessary with a very major upgrade and only then when you are ready.

      6) Too many updates. Here we see why you really have no clue. Windows updates are mostly reactive panic driven updates to fix security holes and threats which are, as often as not, directly the result of massive flaws in the system. Linux updates are mostly optional upgrades and seldom (if ever) critical. You don't have to install most of them, you can just wait till you want to or need to. If you knew how to use Synaptic (or its equivelant) then you would know that. As I pointed out, Linux takes care of your applications as well as the OS itself, so saves you hours upon hours of your life. the upgrade process is seemless and there are no stupid nag screens, toolbar installers, and wizards to fight with. what you are saying is factually wrong.

      7) Apps look boring. Grow up. The Windows manager, windows decorations, and every aspect of application appearance are limitless in the amount of ways they can be tweaked and adjusted. Look at Elementary OS, Deepin, or many others. My (old laptop) has 4 destops on a rotating cube with windows that wobble and a spinning app launcher with burning icons. Tastleless? probably, boring? certainly not.

      8) I haven't used windows for a long time? I've been using and working with and making a living from Microsoft OSs since DOS3.x (possibly before that) I had Windows running on 8086/8088 PCs when it was out for testing before version 3 in the late '80s. I've used every version since, and spent (literally ) years of my life fighting with it and trying to fix the mess it makes of people's businesses. Please spare me all the BS about how much better 8 is (sorry 8.1 because 8 was a nightmare) I've heard it all before.

      Windows is at its heart a POS.

  20. zigzipzagum
    August 22, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Well, there's almost no choice for casual user - you're buying PC, you're using Windows.

    Maybe 10% of population will consider others operating systems, 5% will be able to install Linux, 2% will happy with software and will stay. There's no matter of choice, there's only matter to convince commercial software makers to support Linux. Of course that doesn't mean you can't work on Linux right now. Depends on expectations, but we have plenty of quality software for graphics/photo edits, video editors (and Lightworks :)), music studios. Most advanced are commercial, but - still, we can choose.

  21. Franz W
    August 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Positive article.
    All systems have their "bad spots".
    I'm writing this on a Linux (Mint) machine.
    I don't play games and my modest graphics/design needs are met.
    Still, I recommend anyone comfortable with Windows (or Apple) to continue happily.
    Just a thought - if you angrily insist that whatever you are using is far superior (for everyone),
    you are probably feeling insecure about your choice.
    Relax and carry on....

    • me andyesi
      August 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      All OS's receive updates,....
      Of course, but my point is the exessive amounts of them with Windows.
      Try a Linux and you will immediately see the big difference.
      regards.

    • dragonmouth
      August 22, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      Sorry, andyesi, but all Linux distros receive updates as needed, some less often than others. Debian Stable is updated much less frequently than Debian Testing, which is updated less frequently than Arch Linux. Security updates are disseminated as soon as they are ready. I've had antiX updated for five straight days and then not for a whole month. Siduction gets updated on almost daily basis. Unlike Windows, Linux does not wait for Patch Tuesday to apply its updates.

  22. ja ikzelf
    August 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Simlpy, I don't understand that people keep on accepting these eternal updates. What kind of system is Windows anyway needing constant updates.is it ever going to be OK ???
    It makes me think of a Rolls Royce where.... next year the brakes will be functional ( perhaps....)
    If one knows that even Microsoft went hiding behind Linux systems during attacks in the past, one should know what to choose as his OS.
    I'm using Linuxes since 1994 and had no issues whatsoever with them.

    .

    • Tina S
      August 22, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      All operating systems receive updates to patch security holes, even Linux.

  23. Ziaur rahman
    August 22, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Windows time is over. Now it's Linux time.

  24. Larry B
    August 22, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Amazing that you don't dwell at all on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 failure to significantly penetrate the market. And amazing how Microsoft's dangerously self-serving arrogance tends to rub off on its biggest fanboys... and girls.

  25. Mark
    August 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    What a complete bunch of BULL!

    Windows is dominant ONLY because it is continually forced on people through articles as inane as this one and by marketeers! The "technology" sucks.

    A "complete" operating system? Hardly... that's why Microsoft has so many versions... because the home version won't do anything unusual. Want to run some web services? The software has built-in limitations to prevent it!
    Pay extra to get a server version and they remove the extra blocking software. Blasted jerks, and marketeers, and lawyers.

    I work with people helping them with their computers, for free, typically at least one person every day. How many that have Windows 8 like it?
    NONE.... not one out of dozens. N O N E !

    The whole thing is BULL!
    I wonder how much Microsoft paid him?

  26. Stefano
    August 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Seriously guys.. This is just crap. Microsoft is paying here money for let you share this comment. This is just advertising .. Now I think I'm gonna stop following you. Is not about staying on subject here there is no tech vision.
    No real opinions just a try to push who has no real cognition about the matter of personal computing .

  27. Johan Krüger Haglert
    August 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Only need a browser? Anything.

    Ok with generic software as long as it works? Anything except possibly Chrome.

    Want a mac? Get a mac.

    Ok with a limited choice of games as long as you can play something? Anything but ChromeOS.

    Need a specific Windows application? Windows.

    Need as many games as possible? Windows.

  28. Bob Forrest
    August 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    I'm a windows computer volunteer tech for seniors all over 70 who are light users. I thought your article was quite fair, I have found things I like and don't like with all three systems . Windows has problems with updates especially net frame , and backup in 8 is not for beginners Apple is too exclusive and expensive and as you say lots of things can't work on it. Linux has real problems installing. I found the live disc only worked on one of 5 computers I tried on it ,even trying different versions but if it installs Linux is great to use.

    Regards Bob

  29. nitrofurano
    August 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Tina, you forgot mentioning one thing: we are not in the 90's and 00's anymore - then, most of the power-users (and not only) still had (a huge) patience for using crappy operating systems like ms-windows is, and noobs easily could find help among friends and family - now, this patience is over, and powerusers are progressively running away from ms-windows since long time ago, and ms-windows users are obviously being left alone, or invited to migrate to other operating systems such as GNU/Linux

  30. A41202813GMAIL
    August 21, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Hello, Again.

    Congratulations, Nice Introduction - Comments Are Flying In.

    In My Case, I Still Have Seen No Reason To Change, Yet.

    Cheers.

    ---

    ( Five Years And Counting )

    XPOCALYPSE, FOREVER !

  31. Sonylisation
    August 21, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Those are HORRID reasons to why you should use Windows!

    "Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System" As opposed to what? A wombat? There are milions more devices running a Linux dist than there are running windows (i said devices, and thats anything from a router to a cnc machine) and Apple's OS X have been working perfectly for more than 10 years!
    Windows is hardly the only OS that works, and id love to tell you why Windows DOESNT work and why your better suited using a potato as an OS, but thats not a part of the discussion.

    "You already know how it works"
    Okay, thats a valid point, but nothing you should base all your choices on. New things exite, and they enrich your life. There is never anything bad with new information or learning something new. In fact, its what defines us as human beings, the craving to know the unknown and to explore.

    Besides, Linux is hardly hard to use, and most serious companies run at least one major Linux server, because of their reliability.

    Never tell people what they should or shouldn't do based on bad information or laziness.

  32. Melroy D
    August 21, 2014 at 3:44 am

    8/10 people are eating vanilla ice cream and so should you. No thank you. It's called personal computer for a reason. Good read though. :P

  33. cliff
    August 21, 2014 at 3:30 am

    good article lisa. Basically all you're saying is to each his own.one man's garbage is another man's treasure.

  34. amoyclorox
    August 21, 2014 at 3:12 am

    from my point of view this is 100 % Marketing of Windows.

  35. Robert B
    August 21, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I currently dual boot most of my systems between Sabyon Linux (a derivative of Gentoo) and Windows 7 64 Ultimate. I am an avid gamer and also do a lot with digital art creation and use tools for doing this on both platforms. I do strongly disagree with your assertion that Windows 8.1 is desktop friendly, I personally detest their new so called improved UI. Also I build my own desktops workstations and like to have the freedom to change and upgrade components on my systems without undue hassles and if you administer your own systems Microsoft has made there presence too intrusive when it comes to making driver changes plus I do not like the trend I see with respect to the Windows store. I fear in a few years that the only software that you will be able to run on a Windows PC will have to be purchased from their store. I would not run Windows 8 if you or Microsoft paid me $500 a month to run it. At this point in time the only reason I still use Windows 7 (this will be my last version of Windows I will run) is to play my extensive game library on Steam and to use Painter 12 and Photoshop. I used to use Windows exclusively on my Home Theater PC because no one currently is providing a legal way to play commercial Blue ray movies on Linux but I have made some fundamental changes in my HTPC setup. Back in the spring I upgraded my sound system and incorporated a Yamaha AVR that everything is integrated with and I now just play my Blue ray movies on my PS 4. As far as my gaming I do not really care about Direct X 12 as I do not intend on purchasing any new games for the PC, the vast majority of new games are terrible ports of games developed for the consoles so I will just be buying new games for my PS 4. My current gaming PC running Windows 7 plays all of my current games quite well. I also think that as time goes by the Valve Corp will be increasingly successful in moving PC gaming to the Linux platform. I am running the Steam OS that is based upon of Debian Linux, on one of my older Dell Precision m6300 laptops and this laptop has enough horse power to run any of the games I own though not on high settings.
    So as you can see I am in what you consider a very small minority of people who choose to run alternatives to the stuff that Microsoft puts out. And your headline “Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System” insinuates that the other competing OS's OSX and Linux are not which is very far from the truth if you objectively look at them. Your OS is the most important piece of software that you will ever run on your computers and like all the rest of the software available the OS is nothing more than a tool and not all tools are appropriate for everyone. To me the most important trait that an OS should posses is that it should not be constantly in your face, it should politely reside in the background tying all your other software tools together so you the computer user can be productive. As time has gone by Windows has gotten to be increasingly in your face and ugly. The marketing people love Windows and have no incentive in changing those statistics you present in your pie chart and love the average Windows users lemming characteristics. Why you may ask? Well the main reason is not because Windows is technically the best OS out there it is because the Windows phenomenon with all its vulnerabilities over the years and uninformed and lazy users who invite malware infestations by downloading all sorts of so called free or pirated software, music and movies; it is because of the inherent weaknesses found in Windows as well as the behaviors of it user base fuels a multi billion dollar computer repair industry and has been doing so since around 1995. This is why you find so many fan boys in the Windows camp from software developers to IT specialists that make money fixing Windows PC's. I suppose this is ok if you have no issues with disposable income but many like myself due to life circumstances simply cannot afford to take my computer anywhere to have it fixed so way back in the mid 90's I decided that if I enjoyed and found computers useful I was going to have to learn how they worked and as time went by I found it was far cheaper to build my own desktop systems and then install everything myself including the OS. Every PC I have built from around 2000 to today have been configured to run both Linux as well as Windows. So if you like myself do not have unlimited financial resources you need to ask your self how much is your time worth and is it worth spending a few hours learning how to build PC's (its not rocket science guys) and then to learn more than the average user how to use and fix problems with your OS regardless of it is Windows, Linux or Mac OSX. I have been a Linux user since 1999 and have watched it grow up over the years and yes it still has its issues but so does the others, however I know that out of the many distros available anyone looking for an alternative to Windows XP or what ever version will be able to find one that is very easy to use and no you do not have to know how to use the command line, how many Windows or Mac users do you know that use the command line even though it is available on all of the OS's the answer is probably 0. As far as multi media codecs on Linux or the lack of them on some distros is due to the DMCA that was passed here in the US. Since Linux is free not just free open source software where there code is readily available but Free as in Free Beer, no one has payed any royalties for the legal use of many of these codecs. So you will find all the US based distros do not include them out of the box so they do not get sued. I myself have tried to find someone who sold these codecs as well as software to play Bluerays on Linux and no one sells it due to the pressure placed on them by Redmond so I suppose I technically am a crook with respect to this issue because I have no problems going out and downloading them for my personal Linux computer. An easy way to avoid this hassle is to use a Linux Distro put together by people who do not live here in the US and good choices would be Mint Linux based in the UK, they have versions based on Ubuntu as well as Debian another good one that is not too difficult to use is Sabyon Linux this one is put together in Italy. The great thing about Sabyon if you are a gamer is it automatically installs the Nvidia or ATI drivers, even when using it in a live session and they now include a working install by default of the Steam Client for Linux. Once you get to the desktop Steam is all ready to log into and to start downloading your game library. One of the things I find amusing about many of these kind of articles is that many come off as an all or nothing proposition should you switch to Linux or to say with Windows. I find this in many articles regardless of it is about Windows or Linux. Well folks it does not need to be an all or nothing situation. With a little help from someone who has done it any one can learn how to install Linux on a current computer in a dual boot situation. However Linux has made it very easy to discover and learn about Linux without taking this drastic step right off the bat. Every Linux distro well probably 95% have a live CD/DVD version. These can be written to an optical disk or even to a pen drive and you can boot into Linux without changing anything on you PC. You can get your feet wet and if you find it useful and you are able to learn it with out going crazy (trust me you will not) you will discover just how much Linux has changed over the years. If you tried Linux more than 2 years ago and was negative your experience will more than likely be totally different today.

  36. George Klein
    August 21, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Tina,
    You are strongly biased in favour of Windows, but, do you know why?
    Putting Linux aside, have you ever tried Mac OSX?
    If you haven't than you don't ono why you are biased.
    I am biased in favour of Mac OSX, but I know why.
    I had used all versions of Windows, up until another garbage operating system, the Vista came up. The glass became full, I switched to Mac OSX over five years ago.
    No doubt Windows has a few advantages over Mac OSX, but at least fifty times more disadvantages. The price of the operating system: the OSX upgrades are free, the Windows upgrades are . . . costly. Apple customer support is second to none, Windows is . . . so-so.
    The only Windows version which was only "just inferior" not "net inferior" to OSX was WIN XP, but only after Service Pack 2 was issued.
    No wonder almost all serious computer users, those who edit videos, digitally remaster music, digitally restore old photographs etc., (myself among them) use only Apple computers.
    If you think Apple computers are expensive, please see my response earlier today to Bogdan's comment dated yesterday.

  37. Roedar777
    August 21, 2014 at 2:37 am

    I fully disagree with Tina assessment and advertisement for Microsoft. The very idea of a single corporation having a monopoly in any market is dangerous to users/customers and businesses for obvious reasons.
    Microsoft spends millions on advertising, yet Tina didn't get her share. May I suggest before your next advertisement for any brand from a for-profit corporation, that you seek out some compensation.

  38. TheDoug
    August 21, 2014 at 2:07 am

    My last car used gasoline. I'm sure my next one will too. Wait, maybe electric? Yes, it is way more expensive, but I will probably never have to tune it up, even after 100,000 miles I would put on my gas guzzler. Then again, when the batteries ultimately die eons before the car is ready to give up, I'll have to decide to either trash a perfect good electric car because it will no longer move, or spend 20 grand on new batteries. How much gas could I have gotten for that 20 grand? Crap, I should have done the math first. And with a little bad luck, even my expensive new electric car might just break, than what? I'm half a world away from the dealership and nobody knows jack about this thing.

    Perhaps I should go with something totally different. I can learn to use propane, how hard could it be? Yeah, I'll have to drive way out of my way to fill up and it won't be much cheaper, if at all, but it will be different and I won't be feeding those greedy oil companies who despite making gasoline a bazillion times better for my car must be out to get me. And who cares if there's a gas station on every other mile of road. Convenient yes, but I'll be different cuz I'm not drinking the Cool-Aid. Screw the 98% who drive these regular old gas suckers just because it's easy.

    Oh crap. This was supposed to be about computers and stuff wasn't it? My bad.

  39. Andrew
    August 21, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Were it not for my enjoyment of the occasional PC game, I wouldn't even have Windows installed. That said, I use what makes me happy. As should all of you. I see this as nothing but a shameless stumping for MS and dare I say some pretty obvious trolling. With such a divisive topic, whose NOT going attack the opposite side?

  40. Random Guy in the IOT
    August 21, 2014 at 1:10 am

    How much did Microsoft paid you to lie like this?
    Now seriously. That's an outdated perspective the one you are using.

  41. CityguyUSA
    August 21, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I like Win7. Don't like 8. Haven't seen 8.1 but in just a couple years Win7 will be deprecated leaving me with potentially something that I don't like.

  42. Ph.T
    August 21, 2014 at 12:59 am

    . both my mac and pc's were destroyed by BadBIOS or BadUSB;
    only my chromebook survived .
    amerdreamduh.blogspot.com/2013/11/badbios-dragosr-vs-mac-linux-and-pc.html
    amerdreamduh.blogspot.com/2013/12/apple-imac-badbios-malware.html
    amerdreamduh.blogspot.com/2013/12/chromebook-chromeos-verifiedboot.html

  43. Francois
    August 20, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    For me it's going to be Windows for a little longer.

    1) I have been using it for years and I can't be bothered learning Linux or even installing it (and I don't even find it pretty) 2) it's sort of 'free' (included) when I buy a new laptop 3) I get regular software updates and tweaks installed automatically 4) I am sure that any specialist software I need will be available under Windows (e.g. accounting package, e-learning software, digital imaging...) 5) I know that most freeware and shareware is developed for Windows 6) It works very well with my Android phone, thanks to Chrome and Google apps. 7) Why pay more for a Mac that does nothing more... I can save cash and put up with 'Patch Tuesday' - reminder: it's installed in the background, nothing to do. 8) It's super stable 9) It annoys fanbois and that's no small benefit...

    You may disagree with any or all of the above but then you'd be disregarding the main point I am making: Windows remains a great choice for people like me, which is really the only point Tina was making. If it's not for you, get something else. Thanks for the article Tina and your patient replies to all comments; I couldn't do your job.

  44. Guy M
    August 20, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I think it's both hilarious and sad that everyone is all fired up about this article. It's clearly written for someone who is more of a casual computer user, who has a little bit of familiarity with Windows simply because it's so pervasive! It's everywhere!

    If Aunt Flo uses Windows sometimes at work and is looking to get a computer for home, then Windows is probably what she should choose.

    If Aunt Flo wants to develop her own kernel and knows what a Cray is, then yes there are some other choices she may want to consider. But guess what? She already knows that. LOL!

  45. DHi
    August 20, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Thanks for laying out some of the reasons for using Windows. Many of us know the reasons intuitively, but it's actually rare these days to find writers that have the chutzpah to come out in support of Windows.

    Windows is the mainstream, so it's much cooler to rail against it, to revile Microsoft, and try to push one's own OS of choice onto the rest of us who are perfectly happy with what we have. Sticking with Windows isn't just a matter of sticking with what's comfortable and familiar. The truth is: Windows works and it usually works very well and reliably.

    Why do 8 of 10 desktop computers use it? Because we're unenlightened lemmings who don't know better? I think not. Because Microsoft has done a very effective job of marketing it? Quite probably.

    In the end, the question of which OS you use comes down to: "Is your OS serving your needs effectively?" Certainly Windows is far from perfect and the code is bloated and subject to errors (Mac and Linux are not?), but for the 80% of desktop computer users who rely on it daily, the answer is "Yes, it serves me quite well."

    I spent nearly two decades despising Microsoft and its products while I ran OS/2 and, to a lesser extent, Linux. Fortunately I grew up, swallowed my pride, and made an informed choice, and that choice, for the last 10 years, has been Windows. I'll be happy to install a Mac machine here if someone wants to give me the additional $2,000 it takes to buy one ... or Linux, if someone wants to pay me for the weeks it takes to fully migrate and switch to new applications.

  46. Red Jackson, Jr.
    August 20, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    *{sigh}*

    My first PC ran DOS 2.0. I think.

    My first version of Windows was "286." That same month I encountered an Apple OS for the first time. Over the years, I have used and supported DOS, Windows, Linux, NetWare, OS/2, etc. Each operating system is good at what it does and each does different things well. What you prefer is largely based on how well an OS does well what you need it to do.

    It's always fun to read one of these articles and then the bigoted comments ("Windoze," anyone? "Fruit?"). Just because you don't like an OS or had a bad experience with it, that doesn't mean it's a bad OS.

  47. John O'Mara
    August 20, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Interesting reading all these posts!
    Bought my first PC in 1983 and have been active in using computers for work since then. There have been considerable changes in paradigm for all aspects of computing, but one fundamental rule has never changed:
    "what you do with a computer determines what you buy or upgrade to - the rest is unimportant." - not sorry if I am upsetting any geeks!

    With this in mind I suggest thinking about things including:
    1) If you want to play lots and lots of games stick with a windows machine.
    2) Don't change operating systems unless you are willing to learn lots of unfamiliar things
    3) Never change your operating system cold turkey - keep your old machine and its operating system active while learning the new system.

    A few years ago I became fed up with the shabby way MS seemed to be treating me so I purchased an iMac to try things out. Yes I fell in love with it and now have 4 apple machines. Still have a windows machine to run old software, but these days it remains completely silent. For the Mac there was nothing I couldn't get cheaper software for (e.g. Pages is $25 last time I looked) and from much experience "Pages" is a far superior and nicer to use word processor than "Word" (e.g. using tables for simple things as layout in "Word" used to drive me mad) . Similar comments apply for "Numbers" and "Keynote"
    Macs come with abundant "free" software, and I spend very little on extra software upgrades these days.
    Apples OS X is also a fully compliant UNIX system and the source code for heavily scientific programs, for example, can be downloaded and compiled with minimum fuss. This has saved me a tidy sum in software porting costs, compared to doing the same on a Windows machine.
    I can think of lots more uses where a fully compliant UNIX machine is really the only way to go.
    Encourage you to think about your uses and forget the experts.

  48. B00l_Badass
    August 20, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Maverick an Yosemite are coming free. Xp during a decade? You should be scared the s**t out of this..

  49. Jeff Deveaux
    August 20, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    In the main a good article but imo it's a "better the devil you know than the devil you don't" view. I'm a Microsoft bitch so you won't get any argument about staying with old blue :-) I "get" Microsoft but do enjoy using my iPad Air a lot (and I'm in love with Siri lol) and enjoy some of the Linux offerings, Suse, Ubuntu and even Raspi but still go back to "Windows" when I want to do productive stuff because that's what I understand as I've been using Microsoft stuff for 30+ years! (prior to that it was DR DOS) I've been an advocate of MS because imo it's intuitive! I'm an MCP (on several counts) and have certifications in SCO Unix, and Mandrake, I've had exposure to Solaris and MAC offerings but MS is still my first choice. Android makes me want to scream, I don't find it intuitive and I don't understand why they do things in they way the do things but I'm old and don't use recreational drugs lol. I accept that Apple stuff just works but that's because unlike MS, they don't even try to be backwards compatible, it's a case of this is the way we do it, if you don't like it; Tough! MS at least try to make their stuff work with anything and that's probably why it's the most popular. Win 8.1 with the update1 is brilliant but I'm looking forward to having the start button back with the installed programs easily accessible :-) My "home" system includes a Linux firewall (smoothwall) which is based on BASH, a Windows Domain controller (2003 server), a couple of Win 8.1 desktops, a couple of Win7 laptops, a couple of Win XP desktops, a couple of Andriod tablets, an iPad Air, a droid mobile phone, a Win 7 mobile phone and a couple of Ubuntu / SUSE test desktops. I love the iPad for FB and keeping up with mail but Win 8.1 is still my preferred OS.

  50. Nigel W
    August 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I used to manage the ICT in a medium sized organisation. Everything ran windows.... when it was running. When I retired, I bought a mac. It was ridiculously expensive. It had a lovely metal case. The screen showed the correct colours for my photography hobby. It has never broken down... not even slightly. It is boringly efficient, fast and easy to use. I am not anti-microsoft (I still have a netbook running XP), nor Android (I have a Nexus 7 rather than an iPad) but both of them need some knowledge of whats under the bonnet to keep them working sweetly. I recommend that friends should buy a laptop running Windows but to keep it as empty as possible. Then I help them repair it!

  51. Humphrey V
    August 20, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Have used Windows since 3.11 and enjoyed all the way up to Windows 7. Windows 8 made me decide to switch and I went for OS X. Had no regret what so ever and also the transition took me only a few days to get used to. No I love it, especially how it integrates seamlessly with my other devices. Looks good, easy to use and all major brands/applications are available.

    No need to use Windows because the majority does, at home I'm all Apple, at work it is all Windows.

  52. Andy K
    August 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Personally I have not had Windows installed on any of my home pc's in nearly 8 years... you know what?... I haven't had any issues with spyware, virus's or malware since I ditched it and moved to Linux. Say what you may about the benefits of keeping Windows... but I prefer the lack of the need for cumbersome Anti-virus hassels and the Do-What-I-Say attitude of proprietary software. BTW... have you tried out the new STEAM OS which is a FREE Linux distro available from Steam now specifiaclly for gaming? I love to learn new ways of doing things, especially if it saves me money... Linux proves true to that, look at the choice of BurgerKing and other Fast Food making the move to Ubuntu. Saved them Millions!

  53. Ryber
    August 20, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    You people need to seriously chill out. Tina wrote a concise article, geared toward the less tech-savvy users in the world. You know, the majority? Don't bash the author because you disagree with the article. You can at least have some civil discourse without calling your hosts here propagandists.

  54. me
    August 20, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    How come Linux is becoming so prevalent you see it on desktops everywhere yet the usage statistics and pie charts have never changed.

  55. daniel
    August 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    i recently built a gaming rig. i researched whether switching to 8 or linux would be better than sticking with 7. i ultimately chose 8 and, so far, have been very happy. start up and navigation is so fast compare to 7. linux is stil just not good for gaming since there is so little support.

  56. Paul
    August 20, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    To surmise,we should stick to Windows because we are too lazy/stupid to learn anything new.
    ...and it gives the NSA an easy time of it if they need to gather information.

    • Tina S
      August 21, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Actually, my argument was that IF you can't be bothered to learn something new, then do stick with Windows and don't let anyone talk you into trying something else.

      It's not like backdoors are limited to Microsoft. They are -- by law -- forced into all major operating systems and software, even encryption tools. If it's online, it's NSA territory.

    • Paul
      August 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      I think you will find that the Linux kernal does not have any backdoors built into it.Linus Torvalds' father said Linus was approached by the NSA to create one but refused.When asked about this at a conference,Linus said they were not approached by the NSA,while nodding his head ,vigorously in the affirmative.

  57. Kjetil Hvalstrand
    August 20, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Well I use AmigaOS because its was one of the best operating systems back in 80 and early 90, back then it was used in movie production, for TV info channels, animation and multimedia. While it can't do every thing I need it for in 2014 its fun hobby and the OS likeable and easy to understand and it allows me to make real contributions by writing software to it, and one day I hope it will be able to do every thing I need it to, while it can't do every thing it should in 2014, its fun hobby. I do not understand way I should quit my hobby because the majority are sheep who follow mainstream just because they lack imagination to try some thing else. And I get the point that Linux is not for everyone, but it is some thing for some one, its naive to think that every one should use the same thing, as people have different appositions so way should they not chose different things? Anyway I think the Windows monopoly is big problem for innovation.

  58. Avijit
    August 20, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Interesting Article Tina. :-) There are many people using Linux and tell other people to use it. Yes it is good for open source movement. But there are some other people who really like Windows, No one speak on behalf of them Except Microsoft :D

    Really Good To Read Article. Thanks!

  59. MK
    August 20, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    You say to close the article if I don't like change...amazed I made it this far. I haven't been using Windows for years. I've only ever used it when I have had no choice- I just have to remember to look in the opposite place to where something would be on a Mac.
    I have lost some respect for Make Use Of...

  60. Taz
    August 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Wow, such vitriol. I'm Linux all the way too, but the article is a fair and useful look at the different OSes. Thanks Tina, and those who are discussing in a way that doesn't denigrate. It's good to see what different people value in an OS.

  61. guy
    August 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Seems like anybody & their brother-in-law can write articles for MakeUseOf now...

    Pity...

    And regarding the Win/OSX/Linux neverending "Mine's bigger than yours" war, who cares what you use as long as it works for you.

    G

  62. Jean
    August 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Most people love football. So what? Most people watch TV. Should I watch TV too? Should I watch football on TV because most people do?
    I use windows at work because it is imposed, but i wouldn't want it on my home puters, not even for a hundred bucks. Well, maybe for a few million bucks but it would only be a façade.
    Linux has its problems for sure, but nothing unfixable with good will.
    For serious work on my home puters windows is a no go. Too unsecured, too resource consuming, too unstable.
    Either this is a sponsored post, either we are April 1st and this is the worst joke I've ever read...

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Neither. We do declare sponsored posts on MakeUseOf and it's August already. Also, a post sponsored by Microsoft would hardly recommend Linux or an open mind in its conclusion.

  63. Omor
    August 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Very shallow article. There may be good reasons for buying a Windows computer over a Mac, but this article does not articulate them. Price does not equal value. Choose for yourself, not on the basis of what others do. Go elsewhere for a more in-depth analysis of the pros and cons of each OS.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Would love to hear your analysis and see your resources.

  64. John Dugue
    August 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Shame on Tina Sieber for writing propaganda for Microsoft.
    I subscribe to makeuseof for objective information. This article is not!

  65. John Williams
    August 20, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Windows is a true "operating system" to me. It is so familiar that I no longer think about it. I turn it on, it boots, I load a PROGRAM and get some work done. The big old well established programs, like the Windows OS itself, are monumental pieces of software engineering dervived from hundreds of thousands of man hours of coding dating right back to MSDOS.
    Sometime in the 90's Apple issued OS7 and moved from Quadra to G3 towers. Later on they moved to Intel processors etc. As a new OS version came out, your old hardware was dead in the water - useless. They are still at it. Your old gear won't run the new OS, not even poorly or slowly. Your 40 thousand dollar car with the iPhone dock slap in the middle of the walnut burr and carbon fibre dashboard - obsolete for the latest phone.

    Every PC I've ever built (I've never bought a pre-built tower - only laptops). Every old "previous model" PC has had a long and happy life as a printserver, webcam server, media server, hardware firewall, NAS box etc. Old Windows runs on old junkers for a very long time after Apple would have sunk it.

    For the price of Apple "beauty" and aethsetics. For the price of Apple's constant churn of hardware and software heading for landfill far to soon, I have a very fast new i7 motherboard in a very old ATX full tower - all tne new hardware fits the old box.
    Instead of my colleague's Apple Cinema Display - bought at enormous cost - I have a pair of Dell Ultrasharps.

    My Microsoft learning curve goes back a very, very long way. Some of my hardware is still working, a very long time after its sell by date. Most of my very well established software, along with the respective learning curves has been used by me, in some cases for over 20 years.

    I am not alone - that is why Windows runs on 75 percent of the world's computers. People don't (and shouldn't need to, ) care about the OS. Only the programs matter.

    Over the years, MS has been forced by Apple to "keep up" with the pretty GUI. Fortunately, even now, all the gimmicks can be turned off - adjust computer for best performance - "poof!" all the graphical newness is turned off. Let Windows choose? No thanks - I'll have all the extra speed of my new PC for my software thanks.

    Even Linux has a plethora of "desktop environments". They're all obsessed by the pretty GUI, as if the OS has to have something to do or say. It's an OS!- it should just shut the f*** up and run the damned computer so I can get something done.

    Change my OS? After 30 plus years using a computer? Are you nuts?

    • Paul
      August 20, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Ubuntu is a true “operating system” to me. It is so familiar that I no longer think about it. I turn it on, it boots quickly. I load a PROGRAM and get some work done. The big old well established programs, like the Ubuntu OS itself, are monumental pieces of software engineering derived from hundreds of thousands of man hours of coding dating right back to Unix.

      And when I have to use a Windows PC it is so unfamiliar I am lost and usually give up in disgust.

  66. Jack
    August 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I switched to Linux (Elementary OS) a few months ago after years of working with Windows. I still ahve to use Windows at work and find it slow, cumbersome, failure prone & user-hostile compared to Linux. I'm not a gamer so can't make any comment about that.
    Overall, Linuw wins hands-down for me - no contest.

  67. David
    August 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I dual-boot my chromebook and rarely use chrobuntu. Bloated OSes like Windows and MAC are things that will become less and less useful. Sure I might need local storage for items I want to keep private and computing power for resource intensive things like photo editing and GIS work . . .but most documents or spreadsheets? Come on. The world is moving to stateless computing and the chrome OS is the closest thing that an average person can use that supports a near stateless environment.

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Have you heard that US Government is trying very hard to declare the data stored on Dropbox servers to be part of corporate records, not the property of the individuals who have stored the data? Corporate records are open to inspection by governmental entities. US government is hoping to examine the data stored by dropbox customers in the hope of finding some incriminating evidence. IOW, it's a fishing expedition. If they succeed with Dropbox, all cloud storage will be fair game.

  68. TomMcIn
    August 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Just because there are more cockroaches in New York than people does not make cockroaches the higher life form.
    I have used Apple products since the Apple II and the first Mac. I had to use Windows at work and was constantly frustrated by how stupid and non-intuitive it was. I am now retired and can avoid the Windoze world.

  69. Gernot
    August 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Use Windows for your Legacy Apps

    Use MacOs to have fun again with desktop computers.

    I use it for all my serious work. Always up to date OS. Never had any Virus problems. My legacy Windows apps have now moved to a Parallels Virtual machine on my iMac which runs faster than my old Windows box.

    Use Linux if you are a Techie

    Use IOS when you want do do serious stuff mobile.

  70. Dan
    August 20, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I use WINDOWS, LINUX, and MacOS.

    I recommend switching to Linux (Mint or Ubuntu) if you often have problems with viruses. Also, if you have an old computer that runs slow on Windows, it'll work okay with Linux. Often there is no need to buy new hardware so you can actually save money!

    If you need to use specific software (Microsoft Office, Adobe software, or a software for school etc), stay with Windows as mentioned in the article. Netflix doesn't support Linux either. There's a workaround but this could be difficult for beginners.

    But most people need a browser, a writing suite and a media player for their daily work. All this software exists for both systems. Even Skype (which is owned by Microsoft) runs on Linux. I didn't install Linux for a long time for the exact reason that is stated in the article: I didn't want to waste time to re-learn a completly different system. But it's actually very intuitive and not so different. The big advantage: It doesn't slow down your computer and viruses are a problem of the past.

  71. Herman
    August 20, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you.

  72. James B
    August 20, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    You especially should know better than encourage spending on machines with a high rate of obsolescence. I may have paid £1200 for my 27" iMac in 2009, but its 2014 and still going strong - and could easily fetch £700 if I resold it today. That works out at £100 per year cost - that's pretty good value, don't you think? Would a £300 craptop still be around 5 years later? Or would it be polluting a landfill site in china? I think we both know the answer to that.

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      You're mixing apples and lemons. Tina is talking software, you're talking hardware. Your iMac would still be running no matter what O/S was installed on it. The first PC I built way back in the 1990's is still running well. The fact that the O/S installed on it is WFW 3.11 has nothing to do with its longevity. I just chose what was at the time top of the line hardware.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      You can't get a new Mac for cheap. You can buy a high end Windows computer for lots of money and re-sell it at a minimum loss years later. I've done the latter.

      Of course that's a whole different issue which has to do with consumerism. Do we really need cheap hardware designed to be obsolete a few years later (e.g. smartphones). Nope.

      But remind me, who made smartphone and tablets such an incredible success, while making them impossible to be serviced, yet heavily overpriced?

    • James B
      August 20, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      The yearly disposable of mobile tech depends on the individual, and while I'll grant you that Apple may have started the smartphone trend, they certainly aren't unique in that aspect any longer.

      My father in law uses my iphone 3gs, my wife still uses her iphone 4, and my mum only just upgraded her ipad 1st gen, which will now be winding it's way to china with my mother in law. Most of these have been serviced at some point for a cracked screen, but they're all still in good working order and will be used by someone for many years yet.

      It was about a year before my HTC One with it's atrocious battery life and constantly failing reception was confined to the draw - and I can't even give the thing away now.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      The other side of the coin is, a lot of hardware is being disposed of despite being perfectly functional. Consumerism.

  73. Chuck
    August 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Linux has many updates almost daily because there are more people constantly making it better for "free". Windows has many updates a month because they still developing it.

    Take 1 day to learn all the basics of OSX or linux and save a lifetime of frustration.
    I consider a true desktop operating system to come with an office suite.
    Here is a joke....
    Micrsoft and security in the same sentence.
    .....haha.

    Its about time you give something else a try anything but windows. If you dont like it then go back.

  74. Bben
    August 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

    These are some of the worst reasons I have seen - are you paid by MS to write this? If not then you are the worst kind of fanboi.
    You should use it because everybody else does? - my mother used to say "If everyone else was jumping off a cliff would you do it too?
    You already know how it works, Have you tried teaching a person who has been using WinXp for the last 10 years how to use Win8? Then tried the same person with a Linux distro that sort of looks a bit like WinXP? - obviously not.
    On top of that, it's less stable, Needs constant attention (updates)
    And you obviously haven't looked at what Linux can do today that it couldn't do a few years ago. I have started moving my non gaming users to Linux when they transition from WinXP - it's actually simpler for them to learn how to use. Everything they need is included. I have a writer ( fiction novelist) who doesn't even realize she is using Libre Office instead of MS Office ( Yes, I have informed her, but she forgets) She told me "This new version of Office is better than the old one. It runs faster too." yes, there are some who do actually need Windows. I am one of those ( although so far I have managed to avoid Win8) And I will continue to support it. There is room for other operating systems in the computer world. Most people will continue to use Windows, mainly because that is what they have always used and they see no reason to change - which is fine.

    • fedman44
      August 21, 2014 at 12:12 am

      Tina why are asking all respondents that disagree with your article "Did you read the article?", of course they read the article thats why you are receiving so many negative comments.

  75. Peter
    August 20, 2014 at 11:01 am

    1800 A.D.: 8 in 10 countries adopted slavery as an economic system and so should you!
    Interesting arguments to justify something bad by just saying nothing...

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      The title did catch your attention, didn't it? I'd say it did its job. Did you read the article?

  76. karan
    August 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

    i think mac is great but way too expensive for me. although linux is pretty good, my laptop came pre-installed with windows and i don't feel the need to remove or dual boot it with linux.

  77. mongoload
    August 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Instability: both linux and windows suffer from this category, linux when running, will run till the hardware fails,
    But not every hardware works the same way as the other, you need to find a solution if your hardware isn't.
    Windows on the other hand has the manufacturer support, it will work for most hardware, if you want to use windows 8
    to a 10yr old pc, then i would laugh on you.

    Security: Okay, most will say that linux is secure, but think again, I remember last 2011, there has been an exploit in linux login
    you could bypass the login screen with just a key combination, and its there for like beginning of time.(i need correction on this if im mistaken)
    on the other hand, windows security has been the worst, that's why you need to pay for your security.
    but it is becoming better and better as AV company are focusing more closely on security and also because cloud becomes the main target for hackers.

    Applications: just face it, windows has the most quality software than linux. paying for software is the secrete, developer would be able to maintain
    their valuable/quality apps if being paid. even if the same developer develop apps for linux, there would be a limited user base to start with.

    speed: well on my PC with SSD, both operating system has the same speed. i dint focus much on their differences as you wont notice much.

    Compatibility: as time goes by, linux becoming better on cross compatibility between devices, windows will always be upto date with this category, need not ask why.

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      "linux when running, will run till the hardware fails,"
      Windows, on the other hand, is so good that will run AFTER the hardware fails. Right?

    • CMD
      August 21, 2014 at 1:12 am

      "I remember last 2011, there has been an exploit in linux login" and it was only on one distro and was fixed in two hours!

  78. Name
    August 20, 2014 at 7:23 am

    for a society, where you have to tell people buying a cup of hot coffee, that content is hot and spilling it on their lap might be painful and injurious, I think article points to the right direction ...

    • James B
      August 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      You know, that lawsuit is widely misunderstood. The coffee wasnt just hot - it was scalding, and well above the standard temperature of store bought coffee. The 79 year old woman suffered 3rd degree burns to 16% of her body in a matter of seconds - her trousers were literally welded to her skin.

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 4:17 pm

      "The coffee wasnt just hot – it was scalding, and well above the standard temperature of store bought coffee"
      The coffee was 160 degrees Fahrenheit which is the standard temperature of fast food coffee. That happens to be the minimum temperature required by law for all hot beverages sold.

      "her trousers were literally welded to her skin."
      That is a tabloid exaggeration intended to sensationalize the event.

      How smart is it to hold a styrofoam cup of hot coffee between your legs while driving? Styrofoam cups are very flimsy. They flex even when you just hold them.

  79. Hildy J
    August 20, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Windows is big and sometimes clunky but it does everything that any personal computer can do. Look at the 'wow' features on smartphones. The iPhone has a virtual keyboard; Windows has had this since the Tablet Edition of XP. The iPad is a tablet computer; Windows has supported tablets and they've been commercially available for over a decade. Siri and Google Now can recognize your words; Windows has been doing that since Vista. OneNote and Evernote recently announced that their phone apps can capture digital ink from the growing number of pen phablets; the Windows versions of these products did this from day one in XP times and Windows itself has supported handwriting recognition for all that time.

    Windows is under appreciated and its extensive feature set is unknown to many users. For example, I doubt many of you have talked to your PC because voice recognition (and text to speech) was developed to assist those with vision problems and their is training specifically designed for that group. When Windows is installed in an enterprise, it is designed to be usable by all the employees. Similarly, it is designed to support all the peripherals a company has. Legacy support is one of the reasons it's so big.

    Windows owns the desktop (and the laptop) because it works. Apple may be more fashionable and Linux may be more techy but Windows just keeps on truckin.

  80. Nikolaj Knudsen
    August 20, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I guess everything about this article has already been said. I will simply make this statement:

    This is an extremely bad article. What it basically says is: Windows is great and the rest is s**t. That of course is an opinion, but it is simply not correct. I don't want to go into a discussion about, which is the best OS, because that is a "religious" discussion, which doesn't really lead anywhere.

    However, I will say this: I do hope MakeUseOf will use better and more competent writers in the future. Thanks in advance.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Your comment makes me wonder whether you bothered to read the article, especially the conclusion.

      By the way, for how long have you been reading MakeUseOf? Did you recognize my name at all?

    • Nikolaj Knudsen
      August 20, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      I have read - twice and thoroughly. Hence my comment.

  81. KT
    August 20, 2014 at 4:20 am

    Most of us started on some kind of Windows, and we all encountered the same kinds of problems. Some of us tried something new and liked it better. I keep a doze 7 pc around for gaming, but it doesn't get used much, Linux/Steam has come a long way. As for tools: Blender will get any 3-d modelling done you need, Gimp is not as good as photo shop, but gets it done, Librecad is not as good as solidworks, but gets it done. Did I mention they're all free and solid?
    As for the 80% argument:
    More people like Pop music than heavy metal. That's the way I like it, I'll take uncensored true musical talent over punch pressed junk for the masses.
    More people like "reality" tv than thought invoking well written drama. I'll keep the drama.
    More people like fast food better than locally sourced fresh food, because preparing it takes more effort and thought than saying "super size my #2 please". Once again, I choose the higher quality offering.
    In general most people aren't that smart or willing to push themselves to be better than what comes easy to them (I'm not calling windows users dumb, it takes a lot of thought to keep it running and you can do amazing things with it). Windows/Mcdonalds/the Kardasians/American Idol/Walmart are all living proof of that, and there's nothing wrong with that. Some of us are just different and want something better than the status-quo and we're lucky there's several choices for us. (not to mention, total monopoly is never good for the common person).

    • Jon Baker
      August 25, 2014 at 7:18 am

      Comparing a Windows PC to a cat, I about fell out of my chair. Now that was hilarious!
      Wow, so much contention here.
      I've run many versions of Windows, my favorites were 2000 Professional, and XP Professional. I currently still dual boot Vista Ultimate 64 bit / Debian on my custom build desktop. When running Vista I still suffer from consistently slow file transfers have tried every hack in multiple Vista forums, not a one of them worked to rectify the problem. How many new versions of Windows are out since Vista? I just wish the one I bought would work?
      I still use an old HP Pavilion that was given to me, as a home/office Debian Server. This is one point people often overlook. Many new version of Windows require bigger, badder, faster hardware, not so in Linux!
      To be fair it is usually the users fault that their Windows PC is loaded with malicious software and painfully slow, since they browse the web as an administrator. Maybe Microsoft should do a better job at explaining the differences between user account types. When installing Debian it is made very clear that the Root (administrator) account is not for general every day use, in fact I don't think you can even run X as Root anymore! Now I still dual boot into Windows (for other users here at the house) but I have implemented a software restriction policy (white listed apps, only). This has proven to be very secure and stable, but a PITA compared to installing Linux. As a side note most users do not need any special software on their PC, maybe a browser, calculator, and a word processor. Linux, and another favorite of mine FreeBSD have that and so much more, all for free!
      Now the only PC's I have to fix are all family members that still run Windows.
      Just my .02.

  82. georgezilla
    August 20, 2014 at 4:10 am

    " ... And here’s me explaining why you should stick with good old Windows. ...
    Because you are to lazy or stupid to try something new?

    You buy a new car. It dies. So you buy another one. It to dies the same death. You going to buy a third one?

    Microsoft gave us Windows ME. Then they gave us Vista. And now they have given us Windows 8. Crap, crap and more crap. And you still want to/defend using it?

    I'm not saying that you should give Linux a, good and honest try (Ok, well I am.) . But to keep using the crap from Microsoft called Windows, JUST because you know it? So you would rather have a dog that DOES bite you ,then one that you don't know if it will or not ( I ha d a dog like that once. Had it put down and got a cat.).

    But hey, if you like having someone else telling you what you want/what is best for you, go ahead and keep you head buried in the in the sand ( polite way of saying "head up your ass"). Then go right ahead. Me .... ?

    "... I will choose free will. ... " Rush.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Surprisingly, many people don't have issues with Windows. They found Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 to be stable operating systems. Never change a running system...

      To stay with the dog vs. cat analogy; a regular cat treated badly will scratch and bite you, while a regular dog treated any way its master chooses will still be devoted to its master. I love cats due to their character and non-devotion; you have to treat them right, win their hearts, and they will be devoted. I had a cat like that. To me, Windows is very much like a cat; I enjoy its character.

      We all have faults, don't we.

  83. Mike
    August 20, 2014 at 3:11 am

    "8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You" ...because it's important to always do what everyone else does rather than match what you get to what you need or want.

    "You Already Know How Windows Works" ...and learning something new is a bad thing.

    "Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System" ...and EVERYONE needs a full-fledged OS.

    "Windows Comes Pre-Installed On Affordable Hardware" ...and no one should ever want to install anything themselves on the same affordable hardware, or spend a little more on other pre-installed OS systems.

    "Many Developers Support Windows Only" ...because why should they be expected to use cross-platform development tools and have a wider reach? And why should we ever give other OSes our business and possibly make these OSes more attractive to developers?

    "Which Operating System Do You Choose?" Windo... wait... You're telling me to try Linux? Oh, ok. Then that. :)

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      That's everything I didn't write and (with the exception of the controversial headline) didn't want to imply.

      When you read the article carefully, you might get the impression that it's a tongue-in-cheek take on recommending Linux.

  84. Fahad Ahammed
    August 20, 2014 at 2:24 am

    This article is obviously for newbies. Thank you for bringing the plot neatly. i believe linux is rising star but that is not for a person who wants to play games, use heavy softwares like Autocad, Photoshop etc. I know there is Qcad,Inkscape, Gimp but you have to agree they are not so close. obviously linux is my choice as dual boot or even in Virtualbox. But i will never buy a linux box. If i buy a windows pc i can always dual boot linux and that is what i do.

    If you are a normal pc user (word,excell,internet browsing,music,movies..) then you can always stay with linux. There are some out-of-the-box linux distributions/os which will give you pleasure.

    My favorites one:

    For Graphics-Media related Work: http://ubuntustudio.org/
    Netrunner for out-of-the-box: http://www.netrunner-os.com/
    Kororaa out of the box built from fedora(rpm based): http://kororaproject.org/
    ROSA: http://www.rosalab.com/
    PclinuxOS: http://www.pclinuxos.com/

    There are more which will give you pleasure and less pain to understand it. Linuxmint will also do the work. However, sticking with windows and using dual boot linux oir using linux in a Virtualbox is a very good choice, i think.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks for the balanced comment and sharing resources, Fahad!

  85. mykro
    August 20, 2014 at 1:49 am

    I made the jump from Windows to Ubuntu in 2006. Yes, there was a learning curve but probably no bigger than the learning curve between Windows XP and Windows 7. Once I got past that I found that there are huge advantages on Linux. Problems are easier to fix because it does a whole lot more logging - you just google "Ubuntu 14.04 ". The drivers are taken care of, you never have to touch a manufacturer CD or visit a driver website. And all of your software updates itself in ONE notification prompt, not with two dozen system tray icons all wanting to do their own updates.

    Regarding your last point on games - I kept a Windows partition but I haven't booted it since 2011. I have nearly 200 Linux games on Steam, and I am accumulating them faster in various sales than I can play them. What was that about big name studios? I stayed up till 1am last night playing Civilization 5. The Linux gaming wave is here, get on board :)

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

      call of duty , need for speed , battle field ...GTA ... do you have on linux ??? LOL

  86. Mattia Campagnano
    August 20, 2014 at 1:37 am

    If 8 people out of 10 have no clue about IT and choose Windows because that's all they know, should everybody choose Windows?

    With all due respect, this is the stupidest argument I've ever heard.

    You first argument is totally wrong, unless referred to earlier versions, up to Windows 7, because the total unfamiliarity with the new GUI and the need to learn things over again is one of the reasons of Windows 8 bust.

  87. ashutosh
    August 20, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I am not a very long user of Desktop systems. My PC came with windows 7 and worked good till my hard-disk got some problems and Windows stopped working with Frequent "Blue Screen Error".
    I switched to Linux (Which i already had , but used rarely) and it worked fine . it do hang (when accessing on those blocks) but could been manageable.
    I omitted using those part of HDD and i am working with the same HDD for a year now with both windows 7 and Ubuntu (Windows only when utterly needed).

    Moral of the story windows cant handle errors which are manageable enough.

    also i want to add that
    1>I can see a large boost in performance on the same hardware when working on Linux.
    2>Linux is not very difficult to learn ,if u have good internet connection, as Some Linux Distribution comes with great UI .
    3>Apart from media codecs ready out of the box.
    4>As you cant get many of the windows apps on Linux . u cant get many linux apps for windows too.
    5> Last but not the least , about the authors perception "You Know How Windows Works" , Everybody know how to click on windows , not how it works, which windows changes time to time.

  88. joran
    August 19, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Linux is a massive failure on desktop. Windows and Mac OSX will always be top.

    • dragonmouth
      August 19, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      PSSST! OS/X is BSD-based which is *nix.

    • techno
      August 20, 2014 at 5:28 am

      Macs and Linux have roughly the same market share in the desktop market. Windows is the unabashed leader in the desktop space by volume. Since I'm writing this from a linux computer, I don't see how it could be a "massive failure" and linux doesn't sell computers so you can't be talking about sales numbers. Really...your post just sounds like a troll.

  89. K2
    August 19, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Follow the Lemmings...

  90. ReadandShare
    August 19, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I should stress in my point above that by "systems" -- I meant desktop systems.

  91. ReadandShare
    August 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Mastering Windows is like mastering English. Both are hard to master but also extremely versatile all around the world. And once you've mastered them, there's less incentives to learn a whole another system or language. Why? Because most everyone can work with you.

    Mastering Linux is like mastering Dutch. Good for you. But if you interact with people and systems at all, you kinda have to learn Windows and English anyway....

    • dragonmouth
      August 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      More and more people and enterprises are learning Dutch. :-)

    • Chris
      August 20, 2014 at 3:45 am

      I think you hit the nail on the head in your article. I've been in IT for several years and I have worked on every OS. I've tried to work on a Mac just like I owned an iPhone. I have never been so disappointed with a new tech toy than I was with my iPhone. It's so locked down and iTunes truly is horrible!

      I have tried a few different distro's of Linux. I love the UI but if you are not tech savvy, you will have a much steeper learning curve than you would going from Window XP to 7 or Windows 7 to 8.

      So now I'm currently a diehard Windows 8.1 update 1 fan and I love Android. To me the two are just about the same from a user standpoint. Both can be fully customized and both have about 80% market share which makes life easier for me since I handle tech support for both.

      MAC - Overpriced & the whole OS is counterintuitive if you are used to Windows.

      Linux - Love the UI but software selection is about as bad as the Windows Store apps selection.

      Windows - Very user friendly, Windows 8.1 is by FAR the most stable OS out right now. And although there's not a lot of apps for Windows 8, the "main" apps are mostly available and you get to experience the best of both worlds...the power of a desktop and the use of apps on one machine.

      Chromebook - I wouldn't recommend it to my grandmother. Not any time in the near future anyways.

      Android - Is way ahead of the game. However, I wouldn't switch to an android laptop or desktop as it starts to come as an option.

      I'll stick to my custom desktop I built which is top of the line and extremely fast. And for mobile, I'll never own anything but a Note 2 or newer, running a custom ROM such as Liquid Smooth or Slim Kat. Just my two cents!

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Great analogy, I'll have to remember that. :)

  92. shawn
    August 19, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    I Like some Windows & some Linux. I might like OS X too, if didn't cost $1200.00 on the low end.
    Windows & Linux have communities while Apple has drones.

  93. Khai
    August 19, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    post a Linux article.. and fine.
    post a Mac article.. and fine.

    post a windows article? and AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATACK!!!!
    kill the windows! claim bias! burn the witch!

    ye gods ppl. you make me ashamed to be human. there are other view points to your own. and no the site is not biased. and those claiming windows is full of viruses.. had 2 in 20 years. BOSDs? only when hardware was dying.

    linux and mac users can tell the same half truths (as they claim this is) about windows as windows user about them.

    it's about time we all grew the feck up.

    • dragonmouth
      August 19, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      "there are other view points to your own"
      You've got that right! Not all of us march in lockstep to the Redmond drummer and drink Windows Kool-Aid.

  94. Jose Benitez
    August 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Throughout history, humanity has been fighting to get freedom, and linux means freedom. In the long run linux will prevail.

  95. Ellen
    August 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Linux has so many advantages it's hard not to like. It's free - that's $-0- free. It has intuitive FREE apps that do the things you need them to do - a version of Word, Excel, etc. There are repositories full of other FREE apps in every imaginable category. Some/many of the apps are on the geeky side but if I found ones that works for my needs, so can you. Most Linux distributions include service, updates, and pretty good online support. Anti-virus software is available free, but the worry is easier anyway because viruses aren't so prevalent in Linux. Patches and updates are regular. Oh, and there are distributions that are pretty easy for an average computer user to run and maintain.

    It's free and it works. Again, it's a bit on the geeky side, but if you can read and follow instructions, you can use Linux and feel pretty good about it.

  96. LinuxMage
    August 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    That's right Sheeple keep drinking the "Kool Aid"...

  97. Yankee
    August 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I am sitting at my desk right now with a almost new Dell Windows 8 computer to my left and a 27-inch iMac to my right. There is no comparison. The mac is the better system hands down. It runs faster, boots up faster, never gets viruses, updates automatically without interrupting the user, and is easier to use. Yes, I have both because I have to test and support programs on both operating systems. However, if I could only own one, it would be the Mac. I only turn the Windows system on when I absolutely have to.

    • techno
      August 20, 2014 at 5:23 am

      Is a Dell and an iMac a fair comparison? Are the specs comparable? iMacs aren't exactly terrible hardware, whereas most Dells are consumer grade.

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 20, 2014 at 11:57 am

      its like comparing A jet fighter with propeller plane ...Good !! LOL

  98. Joel Espaillat
    August 19, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    lol didnt expect to see such a biased article on makeuseof. Linux its growing up faster and faster, elementary os its a step foward. Its the worst time to call people to "stay with what you know, learning new stuff doesnt worth it", when microsoft launches windows 8, windows 8.1 and then windows 9 to fix something they gave us like guinea pigs. this is just sad

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:10 pm

      Yeah, we all know about how Microsoft is f'n up. There's no need to bring home that point. But it's not all bad.

      Windows is not the best choice for everyone of course, which I hope I expressed clearly in my conclusion.

  99. GP
    August 19, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    A year ago I tried another option and never look back: Built a Hackintosh!

  100. Andy S.
    August 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    So many websites feel the pressure to label their advertorials as such, but not MakeUseOf! Glad to know that there are still some sites out there that will stick to their guns and run a blatant advertisement as if it was actual content.

    • techno
      August 20, 2014 at 5:30 am

      That's a bit harsh. Tina does some great articles. You may disagree with the content but it's not necessary to question someone's ethics over a disagreement.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      We do label sponsored posts. This simply wasn't one.

      And I bet you didn't even read the article beyond the headline. Else you would have seen the links to Linux content and my conclusion, which does recommend the reader to try Linux.

      "In the end, only you know what you really need and which features you most appreciate. All things considered, leaving Windows behind and switching to a different operating system might be best for you."

    • Andy S.
      August 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Tina, I did read the entire article. And I did see the links. How kind of you to throw in a few token links to articles that are, in some cases, over three years old.

      The fact is that this article offers not even a hint of objectivity. You can't sell and sell and sell Windows as the end-all-be-all of operating systems and then claim a lack of bias just because you tossed in a casual nod to Linux at the end, especially when it comes across as no more than "this is also an option, but whatever."

      So let's look at your profoundly flawed logic, shall we?

      1) "You already know how Windows works." So? I also know how Coke tastes, does that mean I should never try Pepsi? While we're here, let's look at that little pie chart of yours, shall we? Interesting that there are more devices running XP than Windows 8. Also interesting that there are over FOUR TIMES as many devices running Windows 7 as there are running Windows 8. So what are we to take away from this? That we should install Windows, but not the most recent version, because it isn't any good, as evidenced by popular opinion?

      2) "Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System". As are pretty much all popular desktop OSes with the exception of Chrome OS. This item feels like filler.

      3) "Windows Comes Pre-Installed On Affordable Hardware". Sure. And why is it so affordable? Because it's low-quality. Yes, you can pick up a $300 Windows laptop, but you're going to be making sacrifices. You're going to be getting a low-spec machine that probably won't be able to keep up with modern software this time next year. It will have a low-quality display. You're probably also not going to be getting much in the way of support. Yes, you can buy a cheap Windows PC, but you're getting what you paid for. That machine will last you a year if you're lucky. Buying one quality laptop will save you money over buying several cheap laptops every time. Plus, you'll be putting less waste into the landfill with all of those crappy laptops that you're going through. I'm not saying that all Windows PCs are crappy, but if you're looking at Windows PCs that aren't pieces of crap, you're already looking at PCs that are in the same price range as a Mac. At that point, there is no price advantage to going with a Windows machine. Further? You can buy that same crappy cheap Windows machine and install Linux on it for no additional cost. Where's that Windows advantage again?

      4) "Many Developers Support Windows Only". This one is hilarious. There are also many developers that support Mac only, or Linux only. Ever heard of Plex? Was OS X only for a long time before there was ever a Windows version. Ever heard of a little app called 1Password? Written by a primarily-OS X/iOS developer, with a Windows version provided as an afterthought. OmniFocus? OpenEmu? Mac only. Nobody has the advantage here, every platform has a lot of good applications unique to the platform. Hardly an advantage for Windows. It should also be pointed out that this item and the previous one effectively contradict each other. You aren't going to have a pleasant gaming experience on a $300 Windows PC.

      Here's the thing: based on the reactions here alone, it sounds like a lot of your readers interpreted this article in the same way that I did. To paraphrase from your headline, "8 in 10 MUO Readers Saw This As A Thinly-Veiled Advertisement Masquerading As Actual Content, And So Should You."

    • JasonGW
      August 22, 2014 at 4:06 am

      @DragonMouth: Linux is not a relative of BSD Unix. Linux is a CLONE, a COPY, of Unix at its core.

      You're spreading ignorance again.

    • dragonmouth
      August 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      " Linux is a CLONE, a COPY, of Unix at its core."
      So is BSD. Therefore BSD is a relative of Linux.

      If A = B and B = C, then A = C

  101. Chris
    August 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    OK let's drink the grape juice. Such a biased article. Don't stick with something just because that is what you HAD! I'm not saying you must change either. Just compare units for price and functionality. Yes Chrome is not a full computer and is handicapped. Linux needs more talent than most. Mac's are full computer and has many advantages over windows. Less malware, Less headaches. More included software you will need to buy separately on a PC not to mention anti virus programs yearly. And you can still run Windows on a Mac if you have a program requiring windows. A good rule is for business, a PC. For Home a Mac.
    Advantage Apple.

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

      and that "less malware , less headaches" comes at a price , which if you invest on a windows PC ,you will get more comfort.

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      @Chris:
      " For Home a Mac. Advantage Apple."
      No. Advantage Linux since OS/X is based on BSD which is a realtive of Linux. If you know how to use OS/X, you know how to use Linux. So, no, Linux does not need more talent than most. After all, you are using it.

  102. Anonymous
    August 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Shouldn't you disclose when you post an advertisement????

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      We do and this post isn't.

      Did you read it? Apparently not because you missed tons of links to non-Windows resources. At least read the conclusion before you make such a statement.

  103. Kenny Stier
    August 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    After my laptop was plagued with the BSoD, I have switched to Linux and I'm never looking back. Ubuntu is great!

    • JasonGW
      August 22, 2014 at 4:04 am

      @DragonMouth: First, let me tell you something. I've been a systems engineer for 17 years, worked in IT for 19. I've personally seen Linux servers breached, and there are many reasons why. Among them are unpatched vulnerabilities (unlike Windows, Linux doesn't always get monthly patches or zero day updates), services configured incorrectly or run under root--the list could go on. ALL operating systems that are connected to any kind of network are vulnerable--100% of them. No OS is perfect.

      But also, unlike Linux, which just about nobody uses on a user's desktop, Windows has to be able to protect against even its own users. The built in security features are often disabled by the very users who bitch about getting malware, in the name of "making it easy". Users don't want to be bothered by security prompts. I have personally watched users see a warning pop up telling them NOT to proceed with a software installation or a visit to a website that's known for malware, only to disable that prompt and proceed anyway. You cannot blame Microsoft for people engaging in stupid behaviors. If a homeowner slams his own hand in the door and breaks his fingers, is it the builder's fault? The doormaker's fault? No, it isn't, and it would be ridiculous to claim so.

      Finally, I'm calling you out, as have several others, on your continued trolling and ignorance. On at least two posts I and others have corrected your lying, dishonest, ignorant claims, and you've completely ignored facts, instead whining about getting picked on. Perhaps you should learn something about computers before flapping your fingers all over this damned site making stupid claims.

    • dragonmouth
      August 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      "I’ve personally seen Linux servers breached"
      I never said Linux servers are unbreachable. As you point out, no O/S is perfect or totally bullet proof. All I said was that in spite of majority of servers running Linux, most of the servers compromised run Windows.

      "Linux doesn’t always get monthly patches"
      Unlike Windows, Linux does not wait for Patch Tuesday or for a month to disseminate fixes. They are made available to the users as soon as they are ready.

      "unpatched vulnerabilities.... services configured incorrectly or run under root–the list could go on"
      Disingenuous on your part. It's not like Windows is not vulnerable to the same things.

      "unlike Linux, which just about nobody uses on a user’s desktop, "
      As a system engineer for 17 years and IT worker for 19, you do know that statement is false. There are millions of people using Linux on the desktop for work and pleasure.

      "Users don’t want to be bothered by security prompts. I have personally watched users see a warning pop up telling them NOT to proceed with a software installation or a visit to a website that’s known for malware, only to disable that prompt and proceed anyway. "
      So have I.

      "You cannot blame Microsoft for people engaging in stupid behaviors."
      No, I can't. But I can blame M$ for designing an O/S in such a way as to enable a program running in user space to bring down the entire system along with all the users. In Linux, a program running in user space has no access to root space. So that program can only bring down that one user.

      "On at least two posts I and others have corrected your lying, dishonest, ignorant claims, and you’ve completely ignored facts"
      No. I ignored incorrect opinions. You sound like the Apple or Ubuntu fanatics who will not allow anybody to say anything negative about their O/S.

      "instead whining about getting picked on"
      Please provide a direct quote to substantiate that statement. And no, I don't feel "picked on", especially by you.

  104. Peter
    August 19, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    @Dragonmouth

    Let me start by saying that Linux is not necessarily more secure than Windows (points at Heartbleed for a recent security hole that cost my collegues and me quite some ... heart problems). Windows 8 is known to be a very secure OS and gets monthly security updates (which is more than secure enough for home users).

    Windows 8 needs 20 GB (for the 64 bits version, the 32 bits version takes less) to install, not 30-40.

    At the company I work for we have both Windows systems and Linux systems, both for desktop environments as well as servers. While Microsoft products have license costs, at the end of the day Linux is no cheaper than Windows.

    You mention that software like Photoshop costs hundreds of dollars to buy. This is correct. The reason: Photoshop is well worth its money if you need a professional photo editing tool. If not, there are free alternatives on Windows just like there are on Linux, they just aren't nearly as good.

    Also, I run Apache AND I'm a gamer. For a lot of home users gaming is going to be one of the major use-cases, so it is a valid point that this is just better on Windows.

    You fault the writer for writing "half-truths", yet fill the rest of your rant with the same kind of half-truths.

    • dragonmouth
      August 19, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      "Let me start by saying that Linux is not necessarily more secure than Windows (points at Heartbleed for a recent security hole"
      Is that the best you can do? Attribute an application vulnerability to the Linux kernel? When Flash vulnerabilities are mentioned, most people do not blame Windows.

    • techno
      August 20, 2014 at 5:17 am

      OpenSSL affected more than just linux. It runs on Windows too. You have no clue what you're talking about in this respect. OpenSSL is a toolkit that runs on top of an OS. It wasn't even bad security it was an improper flag in compiling, the software wasn't at fault, the human compiling it was. Has nothing to do with linux except for the fact that most servers are linux.

      Let's see on my linux box, every single one of my games from GOG installs and runs fine, I'm running Hearthstone, I have 127 installable games through Steam, Oh look I can run Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Acrobat.. Oh look I can make it look exactly like Windows 7. I can run Netflix, Amazon Prime, MS Office....can we please stop trotting out these tired old chestnuts of linux can't do X. I'm not even talking about things I could potentially do, these are all things I have done. Most are pretty darned easy. Most of the things people complain about in linux exist in Macs, but no one brings up the talking point...you shouldn't buy a Mac because you can't game....many of the very high end production studios use some form of linux software. Let's face it, the people who have problems with linux are the same ones who have problems with Windows. There's a reason the helpdesk profession exists.

      I'm not even faulting MS for Win7 it's a really decent OS and a vast improvement over XP. Win8 is horrid for users and admins. The features are only really useful if you're a touch user. There were just too many buried menus and hard to find items. I find myself just doing a Win+R and running the applications manually when trying to give tech support. The GUI on Win8 hides some really decent backend feature improvements.

    • Ryan D
      August 20, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      Peter wasn't blaming Linux, he was making the point that the moral high horse that Linux users don't have to worry about security is a myth. It would be even more of a myth is 70% if the population used it and hackers intentionally bombarded it with experimental hacks to break it -- as it stands hackers are about as interested in finding holes in Linux as Al-Qaeda terrorists are in bombing a mound of sand in the desert.

    • Jim R
      August 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Ryan,

      Hackers are most definitely interested in breaking in to Linux machines. Many of the world's web servers run Linux, and hackers from around the globe continually try to penetrate them. And Linux systems do indeed get hacked -- unpatched vulnerabilities, insecure websites, default passwords, services running with unnecessary elevated privileges -- there are plenty of ways to breach a Linux server that have little or nothing to do with the kernel.

      Many of the Windows hacks, though, have little to do with Windows per se. Rather they target the average Windows _user_, whose mindset is generally that they just want things to be easy. So they unwittingly click on links in webpages and emails, and Microsoft products cater to their laziness by automatically running whatever was linked - be it a scam website, malware installer, infected PDF or PNG, etc.

      This is not entirely Microsoft's fault: when Microsoft and other vendors try to make things more secure by warning the users that their actions may be dangerous, the users complain about the warnings and disable them.

      People like to think that software should just be easy to use, like a microwave or a toaster. Well, I don't do online banking through my kitchen appliances, and I don't read emails or browse the web through them either, so there is a much smaller attack surface available. In the modern online ecosystem fraught with zero-day attacks, rootkits, illicit brokerage services for personal and financial information, and ever more sophisticated hackers, there must be a balance between convenience and security. Users need to choose wisely and consciously, not just close their minds and hope.

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      "It would be even more of a myth is 70% if the population used it and hackers intentionally bombarded it with experimental hacks to break it"
      How do you know they don't? Because there is no daily announcements of another exploit found like there is with Windows? Almost 70% of world's servers are running Linux but the ones that are compromised run Windows. I wonder why? Could it be that Windows servers are easier to compromise?

      "as it stands hackers are about as interested in finding holes in Linux as Al-Qaeda terrorists are in bombing a mound of sand in the desert."
      No, hackers are interested in finding holes in Linux the same way bank robbers are trying to find a way into Federal Reserve vaults or into Fort Knox.

  105. Dalton B
    August 19, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I must agree

  106. Peter F
    August 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    As somebody who is in the market for a new laptop I have had many of the same arguments with myself as you describe in this article.
    Now I have seen these points written down I find myself wanting a chromebook even more.

    Windows is a nuisance. Updates and crashes and compatibility issues ( why the heck does windows NOT work on a machine covered in Windows stickers????) make me want to thrown the damned thing through a real life window and send Microsoft the bill!

    Windows is a big fat memory hog that turn the magical world of computing into a painful headache of Ctrl-Alt-Del on a regular basis.

    I am having to solve issues and errors from day one. I no longer send error reports because they just end up in a big Recycle Bin in the sky.
    There are more Microsoft programs on my computer than I care to mention and I use hardly any of them. The ones I do use - word, excel etc.... I had to pay for because they DO NOT COME WITH THE MACHINE.
    Microsoft love to rip people off. Like Apple do with hardware. Microsoft software is cluttered trash with very little thought made for the end user.

    Thanks for the article. I will now be buying a Chromebook. :O)

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      buy a classic nokia phone , its more stable than linux , OSX ,windows , no crashes ,no problems!!!

    • Peter F
      August 20, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      You forgot to add CHEAPER as well. :O) hehehe

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      Not cheaper than Linux. hehehe

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Glad this article helped you make a decision, Peter! :)

  107. dragonmouth
    August 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Very ingenious and disingenuous, Tina. With some half-truths and a few key omissions, by the end of the article you had me almost convinced to go back to Windows. But I managed to resist the siren call.

    While not as high as Fruitco's, the cost of operation is quite high. Even basic apps, such as an MS Office suite or Photoshop, cost $hundreds and need to be installed and licensed separately. Once a Linux distro install is finished, the average user has all the apps (s)he needs. Yes, there are free apps for Windows but they are the same ones used in Linux so any advantages (real or perceived) of pay-for software for Windows are nullified.

    Whenever M$ comes out with a new version of Windows, users have to replace most of their hardware and software because M$ has made the old stuff incompatible with the new O/S.

    The latest version of Windows requires between 30-40 GB of storage to install, and that is ONLY for the O/S. The largest Linux distros, such as Ubuntu Ultimate and PCLinuxOS Full Monty, require no more than 25 GB and that is for the O/S and all the applications.

    No matter how hard M$ tries to deny it, Windows O/S is, and has always been, as full of security holes as a sieve. Linux, OTOH, is much more secure. Please do not bring up that old chestnut that since Windows is on many more computers, more hackers try to compromise it. Linux servers outnumber Windows ones 2-1 but Windows servers are compromised more often that Linux ones. Windows O/S is simply much easier to compromise. There are vulnerabilities in Windows that M$ has not seen fit to fix since Win 95.

    I know that somebody out there will pointedly point out that "Linux does not run games!" Big, Fat, Hairy Deal!!! Not everybody is a gamer just like not everyone runs Apache.

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      security holes because of the fact that , massive experiments are done on windows to find security flaws. Android also shares linux kernel , but at the same time it has hundreds of security flaws .

    • dragonmouth
      August 20, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      "security holes because of the fact that , massive experiments are done on windows to find security flaws."
      And you don't think such experiments are done on Linux? Because of its code, Windows presents no challenge. Any script kiddie can write an exploit for it. One has to be a real good programmer to create effective malware for Linux.

      Who knows how adulterated the Android kernel is. Many security features may have been removed or disabled by Google and Samsung.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      And not everyone likes to learn something new (argument #1), install an operating (argument #3), or do without some games or specific software (argument #4).

      Everyone has different needs and for some people Windows is the best / most familiar / easiest operating system. Everything is a compromise.

      As mentioned above, this post was inspired by a series of pro-Linux / anti-Windows posts we've published. Everyone seems to know Windows' flaws so well (and I also wish Microsoft would get their poo together). Either way, here's an equally one-sided post highlighting its strengths, while still recommending Linux to the fraction of readers who disagree.

      Thanks for a great comment as always!

    • JasonGW
      August 21, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Wow, you're a complete ignoramus. Let's start at the top.
      1. "Windows is expensive". No, actually, it isn't. In fact, for laptops under $250, it's FREE. Literally--Microsoft eliminated licensing fees for low cost laptops. It's also free for tablets 9" and under. It's also free for ALL phones, 100%.

      2. "The same apps free on Windows are free on Linux". There are far, FAR more free (and paid) apps for Windows than there are for Linux. It's not even close here. Moreover, Office 365 is *dirt cheap*. For $99 a year, you have license to install it on 5 computers, which you can share with 4 additional users, each of whom also gets free 1TB of OneDrive storage when you assign them permission to use your copy of office. Only need one copy? That's fine--split it with 4 other friends and you each pay $19.98 per year for the full Office suite and 1TB of automatic backup.

      3. "Every new version of Windows forces users to rebuy hardware and software because MS breaks compatibility". I'm sorry, but that is COMPLETELY bullshit. Microsoft has managed to hang onto their market dominance for so long precisely because they DON'T break backward compatibility with older software unless it's absolutely necessary. Moreover, they support their software long after it's sold. Windows XP got 13 years of support after release.

      4. "The latest version of Windows requires 30-40GB to install". WHAT ARE YOU SMOKING? Windows 8.1 is, TODAY, shipping on devices with just 16GB of storage. Windows itself resides in 4GB of that space. Every single version of Windows after Vista has gotten smaller, leaner and faster than its predecessor.

      5. "Windows has security holes like a sieve". Wow, way to live in 1999! Today's Windows is extremely secure. No system is flawless, but Windows is actually superb at keeping malware at bay. I literally haven't had a virus or malware on any PC I've owned in over a decade.

      6. "There are vulnerabilities in Windows MS hasn't fixed since'95". Hate to break this to you, kiddo, but today's Windows shares nothing in common with Windows 95. That was a 16 bit OS with a DOS core. Windows 8x (like 2000, XP, Vista, 7, and Phone 8) is built on the rock-solid NT core.

      You, sir, are a troll and an ignoramus to boot.

    • dragonmouth
      August 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm

      "You, sir, are a troll and an ignoramus to boot."
      I guess you told me. Do you finally feel like a man after calling someone names? But then I would not expect anything more from a Window Fan.

  108. Aiden
    August 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    god this is a terrible article. a good article would have compared windows with osx and linux. i mean really, either microsoft paid good money for this article or publishing standards have gone way downhill. either way, makeuseof needs to get it together.

    • Chris
      August 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      You have not understood the article! Read again.

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      I think this man got paid !!

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      Microsoft had nothing to do with this article other than helping me make a living by writing about its products and failures. Yes I'm biased, but I've not been compromised. And I do recommend readers to try Linux and link to relevant resources throughout the article.

      Recently, we have published a bunch of articles on switching to Linux or why Linux is better than Windows. Everyone knows about Windows' shortcomings so well. I wanted to shine a light on the other side of the equation and show under what circumstances you're actually better off with Windows.

      Of course that doesn't apply to everyone.

    • CMD
      August 21, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Seriously? What a crappy article!

      If you are too lazy to learn somet5hing new or look after your computer you shouldn't have a computer. If you are that lazy your WIndows computer is probably full of toolbars and malware because you are too lazy to secure it or update it or whatever.

      1. You already know how Windows works

      It's hardly rocket science switching to a new OS, be it OSX or Linux. If it's easy to to adjust to Windows 8.1, it's fairly easy to adjust to Linux. And a Chromebook is mostly a browser, and you should already know how to use one of those! Secondly, switching to Linux won't cost you any money, unlike upgrading to Windows 8.1.

      2. Windows Is A Full-Fledged Operating System

      So are most Linux distros. And although a Chromebook is less featured, it is still surprising what you can do with one. http://www.omgchrome.com/three-myths-about-chrome-os-and-chromebooks/

      3. Windows Comes Pre-Installed On Affordable Hardware

      Linux will run on your *current* hardware! No need to buy new hardware.

      "...you have to spend time and energy on to set up. Windows comes pre-installed on most hardware and works right out of the box." Oh all of 15 minutes to install Ubuntu or Mint, which includes lots of software already. On Windows you have to think about antivirus, and install any extra software you need by searching online for it or digging out those software discs you lost ages ago.

      4. Many Developers Support Windows Only

      This is changing more and more, and you mentioned Steam in the article

  109. Bill
    August 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    The first argument that you shoud do something because everyone else does is such nonsense, but explains Germany in the 1930's quite well and becomes rather unappealing if we consider how many billions of flies in the world eat faeces.

    Windows is a horrific piece of commitee designed bloat that is forced on users by compliant hardware makers.

    Contrary to what was writeen above it is absolutely not free. Not only do you pay for it, you don't have a choice in the matter and it can easily account for a third of the price of your new machine if its at the lower end of the market. If that's true then your new machine will spend most of its time fightine with the horrible resource hog of an operating system and die younger because of the strain.

    Pick up a Chromebook, Install Linux on it and watch it fly. It will run the same in five years time as it does now and cost you less than a phone.

    Must go now because I have to fix my uncle's 7 week old Windows 8 laptop which has gone haywire already. There goes my weekend.

    • Bogdan
      August 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Don't mean to be a hater, but try doing serious design work on Linux. I'm talking graphic and video production. You simply can't - the tools aren't there.

      You could do that on a Mac, but I don't want to pay four times the price for half of the performance.

    • Bill
      August 19, 2014 at 10:20 pm
    • Decoy V
      August 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Bogdan, actually there are some Linux distros that are aimed towards media creation content, like Ubuntu Studio. Also, I think that "serious work" can be achieved: from what I remember, Pixar uses Red Hat Enterprise Linux for their animation. Sure, the distro may have gone to a deep level of customisation, but still proves that work like that can be achieved with Linux as well.

    • Herbert
      August 19, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      If you don't want to buy a new pc just because (a. win xp has no longer support - b. won't waste your money now at the post-pc era), and your actual pc still good enough, it's time for you to try linux. It'll take the same time to learn as for win8, but you won't spent any penny -and why waste your time learning a tablet OS on a pc???
      And if your are familiar with portable apps, then it will be a lot easier for you -all those apps you'll find them on linux.
      Photography is one of my hobbies and I don't miss adobe or lr, I love to use gimp, darktable and rawtherapee.

    • Saumyakanta S
      August 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

      better buy a ancient cell phone , it'll be more stable than you chromebook and will fly more fast . LOL

    • George Klein
      August 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Bogdan. "four times the price for half of the performance"? You must be kidding.
      Before making usubstantiated comments please do your homework first.
      During the last five years I have bought four Apple computers. One desktop in April 2009, one laptop in September 2009, an iMac in December 2013 and another laptop just three days ago. Every time I went to Dell's website (where I had purchased several computers prior to switching to Apple) and configured a similarly equipped computer for price comparison purposes. In all cases the price of a Dell computer was almost identical to that of the Apple machine, the differences were less than 5%.
      Yes, Apple doesn't make cheap computers, but the price of their machines is comparable to the price of similarly equipped Windows PC's.
      As you cannot compare a Toyota Tercel with an Infinity, for the same token you cannot compare a computer having cheap, simple components to a computer with high quality components.
      It just doesn't make sense.
      It's true, most people don't need high quality computers, so a cheap Windows machine would be all they would need, but for more serious work an Apple machine is unbeatable.
      I can go on with the huge difference of the quality of the two operating systems, their price difference (Mac OSX has free upgrades, Windows . . . definitely not), Apple's net superior customer service etc., but I'll just stop here.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      @Bill
      My first argument is addressing people who have been using Windows for a long time and cannot be bothered to try something new.

      It's a mute point for most readers here who are more than happy to try something new. I go on to encourage these readers to try Linux - several times throughout the article.

      Thank you Bill and Decoy for sharing resources!

    • JasonGW
      August 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Wow, Bill, you're completely trapped in the past, aren't you? You're describing Windows of literally a *decade* ago, not today.

      In point of fact, every single version of Windows post-Vista is smaller, leaner and faster than its predecessor. 7 is smaller and faster than Vista. 7SP1 is smaller and faster than 7. 8 continues the trend, and 8.1 DRAMATICALLY continues the trend, shaving nearly 5GB off the installation footprint of Windows. As of today, Windows 8.1 can be installed into just 4GB space. OSX is more than three times that size.

      As for "committee designed", I almost hate to break this to you (your ignorance is just so, so precious!), but ALL operating systems are designed by--you guessed it--a committee comprised of marketers, engineers, usability experts, user interface designers and programmers. No one person designs a complete modern OS, not in terms of looks, functionality or even features. It is a tremendously collaborative process that takes into account numerous perspectives and a huge amount of user feedback and systems telemetry from prior versions.

      Finally, let's talk components. Prior to my current Surface Pro (recent upgrade to Pro 3), I owned a 2010 Macbook Pro 13", an original iPad, and an iPhone. Let me tell you about the internal components of my MacBook Pro, which I expected would be high end, given the price.

      1. Cheap hitachi 5400 RPM hard drive, literally the cheapest model available at retail. I could buy the drive that came in my Macbook Pro for under $50 at Newegg, just weeks after I bought it.
      2. Intel Core 2 Duo processor. Guess who made that? Not Apple. Guess where else you can find it? In pretty much any laptop of the era, the *identical* part.
      3. Nvidia Geforce 9400M. Gosh, who made that? Oh, wait, not Apple. Nvidia. Same chip as in countless laptops and low end desktops with integrated GPUs.
      4. 4GB RAM. Ooh, shiny Apple RAM, right? Wrong. Samsung RAM. CHEAP Samsung RAM. Upgrade price to 8GB via Apple at the time? $400. Upgrade to 8GB via Newegg.com at the time? $60. Same. Exact. RAM.
      5. Wireless chip. Ooh, surely custom by Apple, right? Wrong. Broadcom WiFi/Bluetooth combo module. Same as found in countless laptops for dirt cheap.
      6. The Screen! Magnificent, pure Apple, right? Nope--made by Sharp. A cheap panel I could have replaced for $80.
      7. Battery: Oh here it is! Apple magic, right? Wrong. Made by Sony, and recalled as a fire hazard.

      Here's the truth about Apple computers: They design TWO things: the motherboard everything else connects to, and the chassis. That's IT. You're getting a very sexy chassis and a very proprietary motherboard from Apple, and a whole bunch of basic parts from the same places as Dell, Lenovo, HP and others get their parts.

      Bravo. You let your ignorance make you look like a complete fool.

    • Bill
      August 22, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Jason - Wow, you've really drunk the Microsoft Koolaid. Get back to us in 18 months and tell us how well your Win8 machine is working.

      You are right about the amazing software that Windows users get exclusive use of though, like this;

      http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/torrentlocker-new-ransomware-evil/

      I'm soo jealous. My Uncle bought a Win8 laptop a few weeks ago, its already been up to me twice to fix the same old Windows BS as always.

      And its so modern and lean, hogging 1.5 gigs just to start up whereas I have to put up with a 64 bit operating system with 4 virtual desktops running in less than 300Mb.

      And what about NTFS, its just so modern and efficient being only 20 years old and who doesn't love defragging every week? The great thing about windows are the lovely nag screen filled resource hogging ant-virus programmes, with all those oh-so-modern updates and daily hour-long scans.

      On the contrary, I'm not ignorant of Windows, I've made a living for 20 years out of its heroic crapness, long may it reign! - and it will as long as muppets like you buy into it.

      Do me a favour pal.

  110. Gary
    August 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    what is interesting is your perception that just because you have it you should keep it or just because I have it at work I should use it at home .... sheesh ... why? I have both a Mac and a PC at work, and prefer the Mac at home , in my pocket, and for my media, and for my apps .... because it just works .... no configuration, works with all my devices and variety is good! that's like saying I should get an Android phone because its "everywhere" I've tried them all and come full circle to a Mac because I can run everything else on it (and faster) and I don't have to live with the Windows craziness (come on -- Patch Tuesday's? really??) I'm still waiting for Windows to get around to innovation, serious innovation and moving the industry forward ..... so variety and options are good but "just because" doesn't cut it! I appreciate your perspective and the article! Thanks

    • Pete
      August 20, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Fanboys cannot ever give objective response. ZOMG Patch tuesday's!!!1 Ill better take snapshot of my food with my gayphone and post it on instagram!
      Windows did innovation back then when they released Windows 3.11 and later 95. Mac's on the other hand brought only innovation on how you make people overpay for devices and be happy about it to protect the brand with their own life "only because it just works"...
      I on the other hand don't appreciate your perspective since it has nothing to do with facts and its based on zealot fanboi opinion.

    • Tina S
      August 20, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      What I wrote is: "If you can’t be bothered to re-learn basic tasks or find alternatives and workarounds under a new operating system, why would you?"

      Obviously, you can be bothered. Variety is great, I couldn't agree more. In my conclusion I actually do recommend readers to try Linux and -- most importantly -- find what works best for them and make up their own mind.

      The timing of this article was admittedly unfortunate. It was written a few days before the August Update was released.

    • reinkefj
      August 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      I use a MAC (primary laptop), CHROMEBOOK (secondary laptop), IPAD, IPHONE, CHROMEBOX (quick and dirty desktop and guest station), and a WINDOZE7 desktop for truly WORD / EXCEL / POWERPOINT compatibility.

      I hate all the "solutions" and use what works best for the task at hand. I'm reluctant to dip my toe in the Linux pool because I have no current unmet need. If I did, I wouldn't hesitate.

      I may have to repurpose an old out-of-support MACBOOKAIR1 which I think means UBUNTU. May Heaven have mercy on my soul!

    • frans
      August 21, 2014 at 4:30 am

      I tried linux years ago, Ubuntu? decided the time spent trying to get it to work was not worth it. I don't like windows because of their dominance, but its all we have. Mac is too expensive!
      But on my mobile I tried windows.... No. Very happy with my Galaxy note.
      Desktop I'll stick to windows, mobile anything but!
      Thanks for the great articals.

    • JasonGW
      August 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      I switched to Apple (Macbook pro, iPad and iPhone), and let me tell you: it was the worst mistake I have ever made. Inside of 2 years, Apple ruined my phone and my iPad with their bloated iOS updates, which made both devices slow to an unusable crawl. Then, with their OSX Mountain Lion update, they made my Macbook Pro slow down (not unusably, but enough), but worse, their Boot Camp 5.0 software update, which was supposed to enable official support for Windows 8, instead *removed* my Macbook Pro's (2010 13") ability to even install Windows 8 at all. Even with a disk swap workaround, Apple's driver updates said repeatedly "this computer is not supported", despite their KB articles claiming the contrary.

      But the final straw was dealing with Apple support, who then told me that my PC--which had 8GB RAM--"doesn't have enough RAM to run Windows". They then told me "Windows 8 needs at least 10GB", thus cementing what I'd long heard: Apple is run by liars who will do anything to make a sale. Over and over again the alleged "tech" kept telling me: Buy a new Macbook.

      So I did buy a new computer: Microsoft Surface Pro. That was a year ago, and I recently upgraded to Surface Pro 3, which I can confidently say is the best mobile computer I have ever owned. It replaced my Macbook Pro and my iPad, plus gave me a digital notepad for hand-written notes. Windows 8.1, it turns out, is absolutely brilliant, and its cloud integration is, hands down, the best I've ever seen. All my important files, from pictures to documents, contacts and everything else, all seamlessly sync to OneDrive. Changes I make on my Surface Pro sync automatically to my Windows 8.1 desktop PC and are reflected in my Nokia Lumia 1020.

      While I really don't care for this article's fairly poor reasoning (just because you HAVE something doesn't mean you should keep it), there are actually a lot of GOOD reasons why you should embrace the modern Microsoft ecosystem. Nobody else has a system as well integrated as theirs.

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