What broken products? You claim things are broken, but you don't back up those claims. I use plenty of OSS software under Linux and rarely have problems, so what specifically is broken in which pieces of software?
I get it... I must list each and every bug in some exhaustive reply and, if I don't take the time, they don't exist. Cute.
I gave an example...managing the music on my phone via Playlist and both Amarok and banshee having problems doing so. That was just one instance right off the top of my head. I'm sure everyone here that has used Linux can add a ton more...including you if you were being honest.
And you do, "Tannhaus"? (I'm sure that's your true and legal name, right?)
That's the thing...it's not. It's my online identity and you're still too chicken to pin your comments to your Slashdot identity
The difference between distribution and OS is semantics which you only bring up because your argument is so weak. In addition, not all Linux OSes use the same base, so they are "proper" OSes in their own right...unless you think Android and macOS are mere distributions.
Good lord.... no it isn't. They all use the same kernel. The "core" is the same and they build on top of it: just like you don't have Samsung Android, Nokia Android, etc. It's all the Android OS.
So you watch what Netflix and Amazon tell you to watch. Personally I buy the movies I choose on media that I will own forever. I'm not big on subscriptions and rentals, especially on inferior quality internet video streams.
So you buy what the MPAA and stores tell you to buy... see how nonsensical that is? You have the thought patterns of a religious fundamentalist. No one is free and making their own choices unless they're making the choices you make. Otherwise, they're misguided and misled.
My Linux boxes can do more than I need. I guess if you're fifteen years old and need to play thousands of video games, then Windows might be appealing, but I am a grown man with responsibility, family and friends. I simply don't have the time or need to play that many games. What I can currently run in Linux is far more than I will ever be willing or able to get through in a lifetime.
What I do need is a stable, secure PC to do work on. My Linux boxes fulfil that need perfectly while Windows fails.
Hahaha. Oh, that is rich. Try to discredit me because I'm not making the same choices you are. I get it... "free as in beer" and the whole spiel. Use the buggy crap, but convince the people it isn't buggy crap hodge podge together. It's a movement! It's for a greater purpose! Nevermind the fact that's been linux's spiel since way back when it was a decent alternative to Windows 98. It no longer is. It's fallen sorely behind, not enough people fixing bugs and most of the software has stagnated. To do many things, you have to resort to software that isn't even being actively developed anymore. Oh, but not you, true believer...never you.