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by ssh49tn / March 26, 2013 10:56 AM PDT

Is there anybody that makes a program similar to Windows, besides Microsoft?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2013 11:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Programing

But maybe you want it to run Windows apps?

Tell more but the answer is yes.

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by ssh49tn / March 26, 2013 12:46 PM PDT
In reply to: Absolutely.

Well, I don't care so much about Windows, I've been reading a lot about them getting fined big bucks over in the EU for 'unethical' business practice, plus Bill Gates was really horrible on t.v. about capitalism. That's how he made all of his millions! But, I was told that he no longer owns Microsoft, per se, because of all the legal woes. I like Windows ok, but the only thing with it is that you have to use what they tell you, & can't change around. I play some games on Facebook, so would want to keep that, but other than that, there's not really anything Windows wise I'd keep, as long as my email & stuff worked. Also, I don't have a back up disc for the Windows 7 program that I use, because it came installed already, so if I didn't like another one, I couldn't switch back.

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by Jimmy Greystone / March 26, 2013 1:14 PM PDT
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Well, first off, you name a large company, and I'll show you a company that is doing something unethical somewhere within its business. Someone I know worked for a big name components maker which shall remain nameless, but let's just say that the company's idea of helping resolve a conflict between coworkers was to fire the person who complained. He was even one of the so-called privileged classes, being a white guy.

You can take a look at Australia as well, where the Parliament has been holding hearings over why it is often times cheaper to buy a plane ticket to the US, buy big ticket software like Adobe Creative Suite, and fly back to Austrlia, than just buying the software in Australia to begin with. Our British friends have been all too familiar with this for many years, where companies just replace the dollar sign with a pounds sterling sign, never mind that the exchange rates means that the cost of the exact same software just went up 1.5-2.5X with that one little thing.

Anyway, most people fleeing from Microsoft start off going to Apple, but then quickly find that Apple is even more controlling than Microsoft. Apple controls the hardware, the software, and pretty much everything else on their platform. You also better like the idea of your $2500 iMac being basically a glorified iPhone the way recent Mac OS X updates have been going.

So, after that, a lot of people tend to find Linux, which is great if you can make it work for you. You have to be real careful about your hardware selection to make sure it'll work. It's not so bad now as when I started toying with Linux back around 1995. Back then, you could pretty much forget about running Linux on anything that wasn't already at least two years old.

There are a few other possibilities. ReactOS is still going, and I seem to recall it getting some kind of support from the Russian government. BeOS still lives on in the form of a few splinter projects. There are a handful of other operating systems out there as well, but for the most part, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux are your major players.

Finally, people seem to forget that Bill Gates was a trust fund kid. Who can come up with $50K, in 1980s dollars, on almost no notice? He basically was not risking anything when he started Microsoft, and it's at least alleged by some that he stole the first program Microsoft ever made, a BASIC compiler, from when he was working at DEC. Still, whatever the guy may have done to make his billions, he is following in the philanthropic footsteps of his father. The man deserves some credit for that.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2013 1:51 PM PDT
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I'd take some time to learn more about your PC. And it's very odd to write about Mr. Gates since he's been gone for years.

Someone has played a cruel joke on you.

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