Since Microsoft has released its beta version of Windows 7 for download, the web has been buzzing with articles so full of praises for it and many have quickly spelled the doom of Linux and Macs.
Does that upset me? Not at all. Every year (for maybe the past 5 years) has been the year where Linux would take over from Microsoft according to Linux fans and Microsoft fanboys have in turn derided Macs while the latter have self proclaimed themselves as better than anyone! Has anything changed? Hardly. Microsoft continues to dominate the world and Linux continues to grind small pieces of the market while MACs are progressing.If Windows 7 is as good as they claim it is, it might regain the tiny tiny market share that it has lost to Linux laptops but I don’t foresee any major change in the OS demographics.
Windows 7 might be so much better than Vista but I’m not throwing my Mac away!
Many people tend to think that I’m anti Microsoft coz I prefer Linux and use a Mac. The truth is (apart that I just can’t be bothered) I simply use what makes more sense to me.
I don’t like Windows coz:
- it’s just too slow to start – it might take less than one minute for the login to appear but loading the programs after that takes forever
- it’s such a pain to have to continuously worry about virusses and spyware – I’m not saying that Linux or Mac is virus free but it doesn’t make sense for now (thank God for that) to make a virus to target these users as there are so few!
- I deem it unsatble at times, more unstable than Linux and Mac OS (which is based on UNIX) and stability followed by a nice interface is what I’m after when using a PC
Does that mean that I’m in adoration of Linux? Certainly not. Some time back, I tried to recommend Linux to everyone but the interface and ease of use is not completely there yet. This meant that i often had to attend to new users in distress. People are used to their PCs slopwing down coz of virusses but don’t want not to be able to connect to a wifi network coz there’s no linux driver for their wireless interface and then need to use a hack. It might sound stupid but that;s how things are!
Now what about Macs? As Stefan Brandle puts it: “Macs offer the best of both (Linux and Windows) worlds”. It’s as stable as Linux and offers an interface that has nothing to envy from Microsoft. Of course it comes at a price – it’s more expensive than a standard PC coupled with a Windows license but there’s just no free lunch.
So it’s time that we realise one very important aspect of the OS wars: people use what’s best for them. If windows suits you better, go ahead but don’t complain about virusses and long waiting times. If Linux suits you, don’t complain about occasional idiosyncracies (no driver for some peripheral). If Macs suit you, don’t complain about the price! It’s a free world and meaningless OS wars won’t change a thing!