Originally Posted by OneMoreTime
are not computers fun..??
Sure they are, once you no longer have to worry about inadvertent mouse clicks crashing the system or destroying data, destructive email or attachments with malicious payloads, websites that can alter your "desktop" or change your browser or format your hard drive, service packs that wreck the system or install spyware and spamware, images that are not images but which the system automatically "opens" to allow the attacker inside. It's also fun when you use a system that treats _you_ as the owner instead of a criminal revenue generation unit to be exploited by every partner to the system's parent. (Sony's recent "rootkit" music CD is a good example). I'll never understand the appeal of the MS "activation" system, the appeal of 60,000+ viruses, the appeal of spyware concealed in service packs or the appeal of having a computer so bogged down by unauthorized adware that the ones who install such stuff have had to begin deleting each other's garbage just to keep from frustrating the user so much he/she turns the computer off in disgust.
"You get what you pay for" simply doesn't apply for operating systems. MS charges top dollar and delivers the worst there is. The ones that are completely free (price and freedom to alter, copy, distribute), from the BSDs to Linux, are the best available. Weird things happen when market forces are no longer allowed to work.