Uhhh...insightful? Really mods? never tried Powershell I take it? And as for outlook and the registry stop thinking that every OS has to be like Linux. When it comes to windows like Apple the best tools are third party so we actually have CHOICE. There is free, there is various for pay, and YOU get to choose what you want, not what you can get some devs to donate their time for.
As far as work after the fact? when it comes to the GPUs you can lay the blame FIRMLY on Linus Torvalds shoulders. Quick what do BSD,OSX,Solarius, Windows, and OS/2 have in common that Linux does NOT have? Why a stable ABI so that GPU makers don't HAVE to constantly crap out drivers to fix what Linus Torvalds breaks this week! I can take the disc that came with my 2008 AMD 4850, pop it in and guess what? the drivers WORK. in a pinch I can use XP drivers if I like, that equals THIRTEEN YEARS of drivers I can choose from...tell me can YOU take the driver that AMD or Nvidia released in 2008 and install it on the latest Linux with ZERO fuss or muss? Hell can you do so for even 2 year old drivers?
The reason you can't is simple...Linus Torvalds. If Windows would have kept the old crappy VXD driver model for aaaaaall these years, you'd laugh right? it would be a joke to use a driver model from the early 90s on 2013 hardware right? Well guess what, Torvalds has kept his driver model virtually unchanged since 1994! His model was written at a time where ALL Linux drivers could fit on a single floppy and now? Now its a bad joke. the ONLY reason you have any working drivers AT ALL is that companies like Nvidia shell out the ass for a dev team to do nothing but fix Torvalds messes!
And the sad part? the part that just sticks it in and breaks it off? it was NOT done for design reasons, NOT done because he thinks its better on memory, or CPU or anything else, nope it was done for POLITICAL reasons! If you want proof just bring up a stable ABI to a Linux dev and see how quickly the subject becomes NOT what the merits of this or that model is, NOT the advantages or disadvantages would be, nope you'll suddenly start hearing code words like "GPL purity" and "Spirit of FOSS" which translates to "We don't care if it stays a broken mess as long as it fits our political agenda!
And it is THIS, this right here, that have kept Linux below the margin of error for 20 years and which keeps Linux so far behind that win 8, the most hated MSFT OS since MS Bob, beat the entire Linux desktop install numbers the first fricking week! I'm sure valve will learn the hard way, as did MSI,ASUS,Walmart, Best Buy, all these companies learned that Linux LOOKS nice but keeping it running? Not so nice. Its a fucking shame too as so much work has been put in it and KDE 4 is frankly a better Windows than Windows 8, there is tons of software that likewise looks and runs great, but the first time Joe and Bob go to update their new steambox and get the "fun" of having sound crapped on, or video trashed, or wireless gone? They'll go right back to Windows. Its a fucking shame and maybe when Torvalds finally retires we can get somebody that will put the OS above politics, until then its just not going anywhere long term. As a system builder I personally hate it,MSFT treats us like shit,but Linux is a money loser, keeping it running is just too much bullshit.