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Re: Microsoft shares hit an 11-year low

On 2009-01-27, Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> claimed:
> One of the benefits of GNU/Linux compared to Windows is that it does not
> exist on the rise and fall of the sharemarket, because GNU/Linux doesnt
> have shares, it's a community thing, powered by Freedom.
> Linux will always be around, but I'm not so sure Microsoft will.

That's right. What do you do if Windows disappears and your favorite
apps no longer work?

Abandonware happens a lot in the Windows world as it is.  

What about when the vendor goes down the dumper and your shiny new
Windows Vista 7 ME needs to be reinstalled and reactivated because a
virus (Windows-only, of course) ravages the machine, or the "OS"
(Windows-only, of course) eats itself?  (Won't happen, right?  Enron is
still with us, and Worldcom, too, so you may be corrr....  oh,
wait....) Is someone going to pick up development and continue honoring
the keycodes?  What do you plan on doing, use it until it expires,
reinstall and use it again, over and over and over?  Get a cracked
version from some shady place that has keyloggers and rootkits
installed as well?

I can't say I've ever seen a single application get dropped under
Windows that someone else came along later and picked up to continue
development.  Not once.  So what's the great "advantage" to using
Windows-based apps?  You can't even continue using the old ones under
new Windows versions for the most part because the Windows vendor plays
tricks with the "OS" to deliberately make old things stop working. 
They do it with hardware, they do it with software.

> Join the winning team, and get your Free GNU/Linux/Ubuntu LIVE CD at :-
> http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

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