What I think you really mean is that people would rather spend their time trying to figure out where Microsoft moved things to today than take a risk on anything that doesn't have a Microsoft logo on the front. As they say, 'no-one ever got sacked for buying Microsoft'.
But I agree in a sense: games are one of the two reasons I still have Windows available as a dual-boot option on our fastest PC. That's also probably a good reason why schools should not be running Windows on their PCs... students should be using them to study, not to play WoW.
Given that it's about a five line change to the source, you'd almost think that ATI would have released a fixed version instead of abandoning anyone with older chipsets.
And anyway, the changes from XP to 7 are mostly troublesome with administrative tasks. We're talking about users here who don't even have access to the windows control panel. From that perspective, XP and 7 are virtually the same thing, especially since lab computers have desktop effects/themes usually disabled.
Also, it's much easier to go from old Office to new Office than go from old Office to OpenOffice.
IMO, for Linux to succeed, it has to give people something they want but currently don't have. I can't think of what that could be currently. Furthermore, the "fix it yourself and stop complaining; patches welcome" attitude of Linux is not useful for getting more users. According to many projects, that's fine; they don't want those users. Well, then stop posting about people using Windows instead of Linux if you don't care. From that point of view, all is currently fine and as it should be. What the hell are you complaining about?
I too am enrolled at a school that likes to force the One Microsoft Way upon its students. At least that is true in my department (CompE/EE). Some of the classes are OS agnostic, but for others, we are required to use a M$ OS. This is obviously an inconvenience for many in the student body as walking around campus will show you that several students get their computers from a certain fruit company which sells its wares in the campus bookstore.
As far as FGLRX goes, I am a Ubuntu user, and every time a kernel gets updated, you just have to reinstall the driver. It's not terribly difficult, just inconvenient. Even a former Windows gamer like myself can handle such a task.
Interestingly as far as gaming goes, there is one guy who frequently plays HoN in the uni computer labs and he uses the Linux boxes for it. Go figure
Also Capt Obvious told me that anybody who says that old M$ Office (XP, 2003) is more similar to new M$ Office (2007, 2010) than Open Office is an Obvious Troll.
Yeah, if only Linux distributions integrated some kind of package management...Originally Posted by Vince DiStasi
As for that fglrx thing... I don't know why the big argument. If it works, good for you. If for some reason it doesn't work, use the open source drivers. The driver doesn't matter unless you're playing 3D games, in which case you're probably better off on Windows anyway. Seriously, people are talking about drivers as if it was some kind of expert area that nobody can touch. I've used the 3 different driver families for my RadeonHD, all worked on the first try and I've never had any problem that I couldn't fix by downgrading to the last good version.
Then they'll be happy with Gnome, since it's using the same basic interface as every major GUI of the last decade.We're talking about users here who don't even have access to the windows control panel.
So you think that a completely different interface is easier for people to use than what is basically a copy of the older Office interface?Also, it's much easier to go from old Office to new Office than go from old Office to OpenOffice.
Seriously, if you're going to make these kind of claims then there's really no point in this discussion; nothing is going to convince you that Windows is not the One True Operating System. I've had to help friends who've switched from XP to Widows 7 and it ain't pretty.