Windows 8 is the operating system that will finally detach users from the "classic windows ui". This means people will start to accept changes and their mind will get open enough to start looking at other operating systems different from classic windows 95 style.
Windows 8 is the OS that will bring more users to Linux and Mac, not because Windows 8 is not good, simply because it will force the user to become open-minded and accept changes. When a user accepts something different from what he knows, there are high chances he will become curious to try plenty of other things.
I also don't like how the software-repository concept was attributed to apple. Linux distros used software repositories long before apple did. Apple was just the first to COMMERCIALIZE a software repository. In fact, I would say that the software repository infrastructure is far more advanced on Linux than it is on microapple, in that it allows the integration of MULTIPLE repositories and can cross check software dependencies and conflicts. Please... credit to those who really DESERVE it. Not to those who BUTCHER it.
No... Apple doesn't even get that much, Valve was the first to commercialize a software repository with Steam in 2003
This last paragraph is kind of ridiculous. Yes, ancient versions of Windows don't work well with modern devices. The same is true of Linux. Try installing Linux from 2001 on a modern laptop and see how well that works. Secondly, I've found that most of my software *does* work just fine on Windows 7, even 64 bit. That's not really true for Linux. We never notice because we always just install software from the repos. You can't take binaries, or installers from 2001 and have them work on modern Linux. It's DOA.
Strange, all my Id Software games work just fine still, and the original binaries of those haven't been updated in a while.
even if win8's UI sucks balls gnome and kde suck in many ways too. but if we concede that gnome3 is not stupid and watered-down and kde is not a glitzy clusterfuck there is still the issue that no linux distro can ever hope to match the reliability of windows. simply because MS has full time army of bug-testers, something Red Hat and Canonical cannot afford.