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Not yet!

Ok I think will use Virtual Box... I think the market of Linux can be ver interesting, in Unity they are doing a bit of advertising to this forget platform... I think now we can see a wave of developers into Linux...

Perhaps in some years Windows goes to Shi.=D, I think the most important part of a comercial S:O are the games, ins't, so this was the reason of Windows win the battle in the 80's (I suppose have another hidden reasons)

I think there will always be Windows. Even if M$ go under (unlikely but who knows) someone will pick up the ball & run with it as you cannot ignore such a huge user base in both public & business sectors.

Unless you build a PC yourself 99.9% chance it comes with Windows on it, the shear amount of software available with no equivalents on other platforms plus loads of other reasons will see it keep on going.

Don't get me wrong or think I am all for M$ because I'm not. While Linux has made great improvements with regards to user accessibility it can still be a major pain in the arse with regards to hardware & software. I remember last year I was trying out about 5 different distro's & even though they was all based on the same kernel my wireless card was only recognised on 3 of them plus other hardware/driver issues. I managed to resolve the issues only because of years of unix/linux experience but a noob would have had severe trouble sorting it out.

With Windows & Macs you buy/download software & it works but alas on linux it's sometimes hit & miss, are you running KDE/Gnome/etc & have you got QT/GTK & so on which again is hardly welcoming for new users.

Those problems were not down to linux that much but the hardware manufacturers not releasing drivers or the code so a linux driver could be written.

If my 3D apps plus music apps (along with my VST's & other virtual instruments) had equivalent linux versions I would be tempted to switch.

With regards to stability I can honestly say that I have never seen a "Blue screen of death" on my system since using Win7 & had quite a few crashes with ubuntu before switching to Mint (again probably due to driver issues). One downside with Windows  is threats from viruses etc but that threat will always be there on the system with the biggest market share, even in the 16bit era there was more Amigas than ST's & the Amiga got the higher share of viruses on it.

Linux & OSx have quite a few security updates on a regular basis so it would be interesting how secure they are if Windows vanished & they where the target of all the hackers. I'm sure they would fare better than Windows but with that amount of hackers going at it like on Windows quite a few weaknesses will be found I think.



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