2. Microsoft gives you updates to your existing software for free, they don't give you the next version of their software for free.
1. OSX is generations behind of most Linux distros. Outside of support, Linux is actually an upgrade over Unix. Unix is behind Linux.
2. Microsoft gives significantly updates that will qualify as hundreds of dollars worth of software updates to OSX. XP has undergone numerous DX API updates, significant engine overhauls, etc. Likewise, Vista, and 7, have received the same number of optimizations, etc. Stop spreading misinformation.
Apple is still leaps and bounds behind it's competition. Even behind it's competition that offers it's entire service for ... free.
Regardless of the above, this is a nice move until you realize your system is completely incompatible with the new OS. Free updates that force you to buy new hardware has been a known standard of Apple. It has forced their iPhone users to upgrade to the latest handsets (now iPhone 4 phones are sluggish) while the rest of the competition allows their users to maintain performance and operation as out of the box compatibility. This is what I like about the competition and what I'm wary about this free upgrade. Sounds more like a ploy to force users to upgrade when they find out their old system runs like garbage.
Who cares if I don't get a free upgrade on my Windows 98 rig, I wouldn't want it to run Windows 8 anyways. It won't run it to begin with. New software + new hardware, not old hardware + new software. That's not a smart move.
Edited by Domino - 10/25/13 at 4:24pm