Originally Posted by GoldenTiger
In other words... total cost of ownership is higher with Linux regardless for a workstation, not to mention many tools simply don't even run at all on it.
P.S. I don't view money for Windows licenses as something I could have spent on better stuff... it's an amazing, solid desktop operating system and enables my livelihood.
You are in the minority, believe me... for the everyday average user, Linux should be the go to OS. For people like you, who use special software or just play games, not so much. If you are surfing the web, playing facebook games and occasionally typing up a report or letter... Linux is by far and away the better choice than Windows. Unfortunately many people do not even know it exists.
I just set up a co worker with Linux 2 weeks ago. He wanted to build a new PC (with me assisting him) and was tired of Windows hosing his PC all the time with constant bogging down, malware, etc. He didn't even know what Linux was until I explained it to him. He immediately wanted to know how to get it and if it would work for him... it's been 2 weeks and he loves it still. He tells me his wife will probably want it on her laptop soon. Windows days of domination will come to an end, it's just a matter of time.
As a side note, how is it that there is any way to know how many people actually use Linux? Everyone keeps throwing out how small the percentage of Linux users there are but there is no way for them to know this for sure. I would bet the numbers are greater than most people would imagine.
I view Windows as a pile of crap not worthy of my machine, it has been more of a hindrance and an annoyance to me more than anything else.