Paul Thurrott Windows Apologist?
I've been catching up on some of my podcast listening and was working while listning to Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte episode #18.At a little more than 15 mins into the podcast Leo mentions a WSJ article about Linux on the desktop and it being back. Paul immediately starts to slam Linux. I cant believe the ignorance with which he goes on stating that Linux is not innovating but simply playing catch up. I understand Paul may tie his livelihood to Windows however thats a very narrow mindset. I used to be a Microsoft MVP in the Desktop System area. I tie my livelihood to computer applications and programming. I will support where the demand is. Linux has made huge strides in the number of users over the past half decade all that without spending Billions on advertising or development. Compatibility has taken huge strides forward as well. Again without huge capitol investments and with the fact that most device manufacturers have been less than friendly toward assisting with driver developments for their devices. In some cases causing 100% reverse engineering efforts to take place. I'd warrant in more than one case this unfriendly attitude has been due to concerns over upsetting MS.Has Linux developed a 5th dimensional though interface to access your computer? No, has Windows? No. I'm not an OS fanboy of any type. The way I see it there are some things each of the 3 core OS's do extremely well. Windows does games and mass market appeal, Mac does graphics and multimedia incredibly well, and Linux does serving and server based services extremely securely. Of the 3 I touch Mac the least. I may encounter a Mac system 3 or 4 times a year. Linux and Windows I run on a daily basis. They both have their strengths and weaknesses but to come out and slam any one OS based on your own bias is just poorly thought out.