PowerShell is nice -- took long enough though. Wonder what kind of a rich scripting community and history windows will develop(rhetorical). And scripting on UNIX -- we'll just use python or perl if bash can't handle it. By the way, we have those multitudes of little tools that are so useful for scripters to call upon.
Excuse me, I've got to reboot into (my little used and thus less decayed) windows to help my grandfather learn how to build his vb program, which is spitting out an error on his (oft used and thus very buggy) windows computer about how it can't publish to a file path over 260 char long -- even though he told it to publish to a ~30 character c:/programs/volume/ filepath.
Windows, great product -- keep up the backwards compatibility instead of making upgrades simple. And by the way, we're running beryl and pico on linux, so much for the claim that we don't have backwards compatibility -- we just also have forward compatibility!
The average windows user can't keep their computer virus free -- this is that same average user you're always claiming can't use linux. Give him kubuntu and see if he floats -- he will.
By the way, OpenOffice does everything MS Office does (and much better than Office on Mac), GIMP does photoshop, and we have an answer to everything.
Our product is better, our ethics are better, and our goals are more sensible.
For the average user, day by day *n?x gets easier...Staying up, virus free, and installing the software that would be of any use to a normal user is as easy as a click on Add/Remove programs, which can actually install programs from the internet (IMAGINE!) -- it actually adds programs that aren't on the cd in your drive!
Most users just need a computer that doesn't get buggy and that creates .doc's, does spreadsheets, and surfs the net -- ubuntu linux, for one, does that out of the box and so frigging easy a toddler could do it. WINDOWS DOESN'T -- it'll have viruses by the end of the week and there's no free software to handle it. (Unlike Linux.)
Also, for the computer enthusiast, true involvement with makefiles and compilation should be enjoyable (what are you going to do once you've installed the word processor or image processor, write a book and illustrate it? You're the computer guy!)
The obvious choice for the vast majority of computer users, the Current MS | Future OpenOffice-er / surfer / communicator, is the one that doesn't get buggy and crashy and that runs top-grade productivity software -- AND IS FREE.
Any programmer who doesn't do *n?x is missing out on so much of what has made programming and the languages what they are. To bash *n?x and (ba)sh is to belittle those who've given birth to that which you most love (where the hell do you think they got the idea for your windows scripting?)
Here's one: How can you guys, coders, live with yourselves for actually giving any emotional energy towards supporting a company that was responsible for a memo discussing their goal of destroying cross-platform Java.
Where do you want to go? Nowhere, they want to stifle.