On Tue, 08 Apr 2003 23:13:54 GMT
> I think life is a lot simpler, and you have tons of ease of use using
> windows XP. Tons of hardware support, tons of software. I don't dig all the
> esoteric *about using Linux and GNU and all the tons of headache and
> messing around and all the silly command line crap, and configurations
> involved. dead simple, painless and 100% working with XP. plus, who said
> anything about actually buying XP, or the software? :) windows is free too,
> as well as office and 1,000's of other apps. only an idiot would buy any of
Hmm, maybe MS' policy is different in the U.S. - here you'll get XP only FOC
as a preinstalled OEM bundle when you buy a new machine.
The software is physically "dongled" to the machine, i.e. it's not easy to
run it on another one. Moreover, that would be considered as piracy as
well - break of MS' EULA.
I agree that using XP would be simpler. But only if he buys himself a
new machine with XP preinstalled.
To buy a XP or NT single copy (don't know their retail prices) and to set it up
could be as much pain as installing a Debian Woody.
So, I fully ACK your saying: "Only an idiot would buy any of it." ;-))