... reload it regularly like a Windows gaming box.
Wow! The Windows install/update/drivers process is so painful that I am extremely careful in selecting what I install on my gaming machine. I can upgrade to a new version of Fedora in 15 minutes, give or take a minute or two, though. When it comes to my Windows installation, the ONLY thing I install is games I intend to play. Now if I need to experiment in a Windows environment I don't care about, I use VirtualBox and turn on snapshots.
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Go fuck yourself with a 10ft pole, my dear Mr. Cameron.
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I have been using Fedora since FC3. Used to use Mandrake before that. I'll have to check 21 out tonight, but my gut feeling is that it's not going to go so well. I believe the last version of Fedora that was rock-solid stable and had support for pretty much anything I threw at it was FC18. For the sake of diversity, I run Ubuntu (XFCE) on my desktop at home, FC20 (XFCE) at work, and CentOS5 and CentOS6 on all the servers I'm involved in.
One of the botches I believe FC team did was when they changed the interface for the hard drives during the installation. Yeah, I know, I switch to console and fdisk and parted everything the way I want it, but the GUI used to be really simple before they changed it.
I seriously doubt it'll be $10/month. Assuming a new O/S off-the-shelf costs about $80, and that a user is going to use it for 4 years, the cost is just under $2/month. MS practically gives those licenses away to OEMs, so the gross sales for MS would be about $1/month/PC. If they charge you $10/quarter they'll have tripled their revenue.
The question is, what will subscription get you. Does it get you the opportunity to upgrade to the latest OS from MS? Or does it merely get you hotfixes? If it's just hotfixes, then they're really shooting themselves in the foot, since many PCs will go unpatched and even more stolen identities, etc. will be attributed to Windows machines. I suspect they'll go to something like $x/year will get you free upgrades.
The question I have is whether it is unusual or reasonable to ask for any sort of recognition if I'm a general contractor developing applications."
Sure, a set of anonymized, randomized set of users at the beginning and ensure they remain anonymous throughout the study, then do the study. The question is whether FB can truly anonymize the data they are studying. I would place a wager that they cannot. There is so much information creep in FB that anonymizing the data may not be possible.
Second solution, give the research projects to people who truly have no interest in the data or the results.