Vista was practically a free gift to Linux, MSFT put out OSes that were truly dispised and what did the developers do? A perfect example of why Linux never goes anywhere, they said "Well things are pretty stable and solid, let's rip out the audio subsystem for a broken mess and replace the DEs with alpha quality code that will make Linux as buggy as Windows 98!"...facepalm.
Lets be honest here...the FOSS advocates claimed Elop was a "plant" well what is THEIR excuse? If you managed to get a plant at every major distro there is NOTHING they could have done to sabotage Linux any better than the actual developers did! Every single time MSFT puts out a major bomb like Vista or Windows 8? Some genius decides THAT is the perfect time to make a major dump on some vital system!
You should try the "Hairyfeet Challenge" sometime, as it perfectly illustrates why Linux is BROKEN, because it only asks that the distro perform half, just half, of a Windows lifecycle, can any distro do it? Nope in fact the only time I had a FOSS advocate claim they had "passed" the challenge they 1.- Had to use SciLinux, a distro designed for research labs and thus broke the very. first. condition of the challenge and then if that wasn't sad enough? When asked about the other conditions of the challenge he admitted that 2.- Sound didn't work, another fail, and 3.-His wireless not only took major CLI to get working but couldn't get WPA or even WEP to work!
That is why I'm really not surprised about the mods and insults, because even when faced with something as basic as "Get your OS to update without breaking itself" is shown to not be possible, do they say "Wow, that is just terrible! We should demand better, why Windows has been able to update itself without crapping on its own drivers since Win2K!" they instead call me every filthy name in the book, send me death threats, and having one FOSSie follow me for 6 months just so he could post at every site I use "die you fat fucker die". Seriously look at the challenge yourself, should we consider an OS to be suitable for purpose if it can't even pass such a simple test?
Take ANY mainstream consumer oriented (not LTS, because even Ubuntu advises against mainstream users using LTS) from FIVE years ago, this simulates a 5 year typical lifecycle. This BTW is less than HALF a windows support cycle, so I'm cutting linux a break. Lets say you use Ubuntu, that would be Ubuntu 9.10 and can be downloaded from their archive. Install it on ANY PC, desktop or laptop (NOT VM as that isn't real hardware and comes with special drivers) that has a wireless card. Wireless is required because more and more mainstream users are ditching wires and nobody wants a laptop that doesn't have wireless, do they?
During this phase you are the system builder so CLI (which is usually required because Linux driver support is poor) IS ALLOWED. Once its installed you are no longer the system builder but THE USER, so like a windows user you are ONLY allowed to use the GUI. You then get to "enjoy the freedom" of using nothing but the GUI (because if you can't even update the thing without CLI you're no match for windows are you) of updating to current...with ubuntu that is SEVEN RELEASES, just FYI. You will film this and post it to youtube, you only have to upload the final install process of each release and a pic of the device manager showing working hardware complete with wireless showing WPA V2 connection, but the complete video should be hosted on dropbox to prove you aren't faking it.
I've tried every major Linux distro, PCLOS, Ubuntu, even Fedora because one fanboy swore that Fedora could pass, yet here it is, 8 years since I first issued the challenge and not. a. single. distro. has had a 100% pass. Not one. And that is just sad.