Originally Posted by Rookie1337
I over looked that. Now I know the deep level reason they don't mind people pirating windows in other countries. Because it will ingrain in them a dependence on it. Damn. I wish marketing firms would see me post on here. I'd have a job finally.
its hard to believe isn't it
i think they used that in their "anti-trust"/"monopoly" court case back in the 90's, saying they only sold like 50% of the copies of windows, the rest of the 45% they had were pirated copies...
hard to believe they "convinced" so many people that they "need" windows and MS other products, that they simply ignore the alternatives...i know plenty of people who bash the alternatives and have never even installed them
Originally Posted by Rookie1337
So right now more people think that China, Brazil, India, and other countries are going to pay money to a US company to have their hardware work? That doesn't make any sense to me.
some of those countries are more of an exception, than what is to come.
china especially, has a general distrust of the United States, can't really blame them, we've tried on several occasions to over throw their government and install one that is more "US" friendly over the years. regardless of our reasoning, their stance is basically since they don't have access to the source, who really knows what sort of back doors and juju magic MS has put into their software.
i even at times wonder about all that is put into my software
just recently discovered my "phone" tracks wherever i go and stores it in a online database...creepy if you ask me.
Originally Posted by error10
QFT. I've seen 4 year olds making their way perfectly well around KDE.
The poll results aren't really that surprising. The Linux section is chock full of Windows users who are skeptical about Linux and yet still can't stop themselves from being curious.
i have 3 nephews i gave them a old laptop of mine to play on. i didn't have a spare windows license to give them, and i wasn't about to ask their parents or do it myslef, spend an additional $100 on a laptop i wasn't sure was going to last more than a year with 3 boys aging at the time of age 3 to 8...
so i threw on ubuntu 7.04 on it...out of the 3 years or so they used it, their was one or two complaints, but nothing that had to do with the OS itself. the only comment i heard about it was from my sister and she said "it doesn't have MS word, i use that at school", i showed her open office, and she's been using it ever since.
they are prime examples, as none of them had ever really used windows...the parents did here and there at work, but they never owned a computer with one. they do own one now that has windows 7 on it, i do hear a lot of complaints coming from the kids and the parents about it, how slow it is, how much of a pita it is to install stuff, and the constant pop ups from the av about "updates"...they've owned that computer for a little less than a year, and i've already had to reinstall on it, due to it being bugged up...their dad did tell me last week "why don't you put that windows from the laptop on here, it worked a lot better"...i didn't even bother to explain to him what the difference were, i just smiled.
Originally Posted by CiX
Office? linux can do it
Internet surfing? linux can do it
Music? linux can do it
And lot's of average Joe are just too lazy to try something new
And most people thought linux=command line lol
it would be scary to you, how much of the "average" world doesn't even bother with PC gaming...you're on a forum that is filled with self-claimed enthusiast who are just "gamers"...so your general attitude will be that of "but can it run crysis"....
i look at my sister in law and her son (my oldest nephew), who are probably the biggest 2 gamers i know, they don't bother with PC gaming, their reason "why, all the games we want to play are made for the xbox and ps3 as well."
sadly tho, they both own rigs that put my main rig to shame, they are fully capable of playing the latest games, but they don't even bother...