Aight... Lets start this with on topic.
What else have you changed in your pc besides your dvd firmware. Just one device doesn't = re-activation. Too many though within 120 days does. So if you replaced a mainboard a week, or a month before then the dvd serial # got changed later, that could set it off. Apparently the firmware must have changed the serial # on the dvd that is reported to the O/S. That is not MS's fault. That is the firmware creators. Yes it's a pain, but these hardware manufacturers have direct access to MS for support on these issues so it doesn't happen to the consumer. (our company for example is part of the system builders since we are an OEM, and we have direct contact with american tech support that is way above anything the normal user can get to)
If you guys are gonna quote e-week, please get it right instead of ad-libing.
here is what Ballmer said
It also is related to this
Basically it looks like he's saying (lol this is my summarizing) that Open source, and MS shoud both be responsible in paying patent infringment, but MS is the one being attacked even though open source has stepped on toes also. (note that is what i get out of it)
And as for comparisons of operating systems
Apples intel is the BEST thing that has happened to them. Every single mac user that has one that i have spoken to, loves them and praises them for being so much faster then the power pc versions. And with bootcamp and a valid XP license... they can even Run XP!
NT 4.0 workstation was Very stable, although as stated not always compatible with all programs. NT 4.0 Server is still around. It was a workhorse. Both though benifited with SP4. Partitioned drives though were it's downfall... all the way until SP4... oh... that and lazy people wanted plug and play like windows 98 lol.
2000 Pro. Also VERY stable and only required 128mb of ram to be decent. Still some incompatiblity issues from the start that limited it taking off and peeps didn't want to pay the price over 98. During this time also windows 2000 server came out. Active directory confused many and there were a few issues such as code red from infected linux/ unix pc's attacking the ms servers. It was however stable and by SP3 everyone was up on active directory and enjoying it.
Then XP came out... (this sounds familiar just as with Vista) Before sp1, people complained. Activation Grr, Now we actually have to pay for it. Many stuck with 98 or 2k pro during this time since they could copy it.
Then MS made SP1 for XP... By this time drivers had matured, Manufacturers realized 128mb of ram was not good in xp, and Peeps had accepted activation and realized it did not violate there privacy.
Then SP2 came out. Only bonuses there, and more patches and such.
Windows 2003 server was also released. Very good, Very stable, and very secure unless you punch holes in it with crappy 3rd party software.
Only needs rebooted if you install an update. Shadow copying is a godsend.
Now we have Vista. Think of it as a Winxp befire the service pack.
Works GREAT on new pc's but forget about the old as manufacturers of old hardware are not making vista drivers for them. Vista's drivers are finally maturing and there are very many extras that eventually peeps will want such as Full PC backup to a ms virtual pc file via shadow copying.
And now for linux. Anyone remember how crappy the early mandrakes were? think of that as windows millineum. LOL. Compile drivers and sometimes only 256bit color. Very little documentation.
Early Red hat wasn't much better.
And remember when walmart sold those cheap linux pc's for all about a month with lindows?
and then Novel bough Suse... who is now is cohootz with MS.
then there is ubuntu which last time i knew.. you still had to use command lines for setting up users as there Gui still didn't work right.
and what is with the name... feisty fawn? it sounds like some porno... no wonder kids don't try it.
All right... now you ask... what is my point? All O/S, have had issues, especially when newly released. Eventually the problems will be resolved or the o/s will be improved with each. Why compain about it? If you don't like it, don't buy it. for example with vista... miss out on the DX10 in crysis and use xp with dx9. it's your choice to stay current. Heck, if you liked windows 95, and thought it was the most stable, you wouldn't have to have support for it, so why even go to xp?
These arguments crack me up.... and really are a waste of space unless you provide users with valid links showing it's more then just your opinion and actually a fact.