Things move quickly in the world of open source, and I like this. With my particular favorite flavor of Linux, Ubuntu, I get a new release every six months. I don't have to wait a couple of years. Ubuntu is particularly aggressive in its release cycle, but--with a handful of notable exceptions--it's rare for other distros to take more than 12 months to make a new release.
What this means is that I get the latest and greatest software that's on offer. I can ride the wave of the very latest technology. Because the updates are gradual, rather than step-changes, the actual process of updating is much easier than you might expect it to be.
It's Free Of Charge
This is another very practical reason, but it really can't be underestimated. Linux doesn't cost anything, and everybody in the world therefore has access to it. Who can argue with that?
"Pre-installed Linux is commonplace in servers"
Nonsense, most servers are sold with any OS on them. Generally companies have their own image they install on a server.
"growing fast in handheld devices, netbooks and MID's with Android"
There is some growth is phones but so far Linux has been a dismal failure in with Netbooks.
* Access to kernel source.
* Customized, stripped-down distributions available,
such as Knoppix, DSL, Puppy, etc. Many of these will
run on older hardware that won't support any version of
Windows > 95. And all of these free. And easy to modify
for your own purposes.
What does Windows have that compares? WINCE?
(Saith Arthur, "Ouch!")
>* Access to kernel source.
>* Customized, stripped-down distributions available,
>such as Knoppix, DSL, Puppy, etc. Many of these will
>run on older hardware that won't support any version >of
>Windows > 95. And all of these free. And easy to >modify
>for your own purposes.
All totally worthless to the typical computer user.
"What does Windows have that compares? WINCE?"
It is called Min-Win and it is a major reason why Windows 7 is is better.
>>>Actually that isn't true either because you can easily run Linux on Windows too. Nice and safe in a VM where it belongs.<<<
you're better off doing it the other way around. win tends to run better in a vm than on real h/w, and you have the added advantages of snapshots and running it under parental control.
linux is a better vm host anyway - ask vmware. it's what their enterprise products run on.
> Dell sells computors with Ubongo installed??
Too bad you're so far gone a zillion bong hits wouldn't do you any good. What was your brain is petrified, one could count the shrivelled little misshapen rings to count the wasted years.
Pre-installed Linux is commonplace in servers, growing fast in handheld devices, netbooks and MID's with Android. A Mature, easy-to-use desktop Linux has just arrived on the scene with the latest offering with Canonical's Ubuntu.
Even Moscovites like Linux.
If no one installs Windows Microsoft is going to a lot of unecessary expense to make upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 easy.
But, you'll be pleased to know Dell sells computers with Ubuntu installed. Check out their site.
"Clearly the rest of the population is more knowledgable about Linux than you. "
Nonsense, I've even embedded Linux in products. For the most part the rest of the population doesn't even know what Linux is. That is the fact of life that is reflected in the Linux market share.
"Anyone that has installed Windows can easily install Linux Ubuntu. Ubuntu and Windows 7 take about the same amount of time to get operational. "
You clearly don't understand the problem. Very few people ever install Windows. Most just buy a computer and use it. The ability to install a major piece of software is beyond most users. With something like Ubuntu it is even harder because you have get the crap first. Just downloading an ISO and burning DVD is beyond your typical computer user.
Clearly the rest of the population is more knowledgable about Linux than you. Anyone that has installed Windows can easily install Linux Ubuntu. Ubuntu and Windows 7 take about the same amount of time to get operational.