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I am very disappointed with Win XP. Don't get me wrong it has the reliablity of Win 2k and a nice interface ie: Mac OS X and KDE 2.2 with a great theme. But it has come to a point in Microsoft's career that they need to do some re thinking as to how they want to approach future releases and technology. Everyday I am justifying to myself and co workers as to why Linux is becoming a better choice for our needs. I am just plain sickened with all the MS bull ! I appreciate that Linux lets you be in control of you computer and OS as MS is trying to take it all away from you. Oh well, to get back to the subject at hand, I think XP will sell decently but I see XP as the end of the line for MS in the desktop market.In 2 to 3 years I see Linux replacing MS, it happened to Novell 6 years ago when MS took over the server and desktop. History repeats itself.
I think XP is a good OS from what I've used of it. I won't be able to buy it for some time, but it still has driver/compatibility issues so maybe that's for the best.
To address what Intelex wrote, I really doubt that Linux will replace Windows or anything else, for that matter. People need a more simplistic operating system than Linux. How can you expect people who don't understand Windows to understand even the existence of Linux? To that end, yes, Linux gives you more control over your operating system, but not everybody needs to be able to recompile their kernel. There would also be a huge rift between OS developers and the rest of the software development industry when they're all suddenly developing for the same (free) operating system.
I think Linux will thrive in the next few years, but I don't see it replacing Windows. Microsoft DOES need to change their release strategy however. Even if they don't I doubt if anything huge will happen until after the release that comes after XP. Hopefully by then there will be some massive technological (hardware) advances and it'll be a new ball game anyway.
Linux isn't the only choice. QNX has been around for quite some time is everywhere in daily life (traffic lights and things like that). BeOS is finally getting some attention it deserves thanks to the recent buyout by Palm. Even back in the Day, BeOS was a serious alternative to the MacOS (and a real competitor, market-wise, for a bit). Nowadays, even newer and more 'advanced' OSs like Athena are popping up that offer a friendly UI and the features you've come to expect of operating systems. Of course, there's not the same software base, but that always takes time. It's a damn shame Loki had to file for bankruptcy. I hope those guys stick around; they're one of the driving forces behind the increasing popularity of Linux. But anyway, I don't want to see Microsoft eliminated; without competition, there can be no growth. If there weren't some seriously kickass games for windows, no one would've gotten jealous and started porting it to Linux, thus making everyone's life a little happier.
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I completely agree with you. I to do not want to see Windows eliminated, competition creates new technology ! Linux would not be where it is today if they did not have the clear goal of becoming better then Windows. On a side note , I am using KDE 2.2 Stable and want some Kick A$$ Themes but can not seem to find any , can someone help me out.
Have you checked out themes.org? They've got massive amounts of themes, good and bad, for all sorts of window managers/desktop environments. Somewhat related, DigitalBlasphemy has some amazing backgrounds you might like. Probably digitalblasphemy.com or .org, but I'm having problems DNSing right now, so I can't check up on that.
Rub a dub dub, roofle owned, scrub
this freakin' userinterface just scares me ..
i helped a friend to install a cd-rom and winXP is that userfriendly that i really had difficulties in finding the device manager ;>
what's also scaring is not only this registration crap but the suggestion that one has to have this passport-thing. the passport-service wants to keep passwords, credit card numbers etc. for me and also provides a login-facility for hotmail/etc./etc. it should be secure and trustable et all .. of course it had (probably _HAS) security flaws all over the code, it has already been hacked .. and every 'normal' windows-user will sign up and use it.
veeeeeery scaring ..
so i'm going to stay with windows2000 (which is ok after two servicepacks ..) on the windows side and enlightenment/minEguE on the light side of the force ;)
Note that, u. o. u., s. is not a computer program and his answers might not always be appropriate.