I really don't understand the attraction of lifting up Windows at the expense of other operating systems. I mean, Mac is kind of the little guy, so Mac people feel understandably threatened and insecure, and so naturally are defensive about their OS. Linux is an even littler guy, so the same thing applies to an even greater extent, especially when there's so much ignorance about even the existence of Linux out there.
One thing does come to mind. Mac people and Linux people attack Windows not just because they feel intimidated, but because Windows has serious flaws which Microsoft has never really addressed. The Conficker worm? Malware for Windows (though that it only infects Windows machines is not often mentioned in the news). True, Microsoft issued a patch for this way back in October, so much of the guilt rests on the users. I know that Microsoft is taking security more seriously than they used to, but that they're the top dog means that there isn't much pressure on them to take it as seriously as they should.
So, serious Windows users know this, at least on some level. The author of the ZDNet article knows that in some respects Windows (all varieties, Vista and Windows 7 included) is inferior to OS X and to Linux. So what does the author do? Does he acknowledge that the various operating systems available for home and business use have their strong and weak points? No, of course not, that would be a boring column. Instead, he puts down the Mac and Linux and talks a little about how great Windows 7 is (without going into any real detail, of course).
The title of the blog piece says a lot: "Why I love Windows 7, hate Linux, and think the Mac is lame." I imagine the author doesn't know enough about Linux even to hate it. As for his opinion of the Mac, it actually applies more to Apple's marketing (annoying to me at least, but most marketing is) than it does to the OS itself. So the actual substance of this piece comes down to the fact that somebody out there loves Windows 7. Kind of thin soup, if you ask me. More like something that should be on a MySpace page than the once-great Ziff-Davis.
And yes, Windows 7 still has the infamous Blue Screen of Death: http://reformedmusings.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/will-windows-7-kill-linux/
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