The article is correct
Posted Apr 2, 2012 10:19 UTC (Mon) by anselm
In reply to: The article is correct
Parent article: Free is too expensive (Economist)
I'd much rather one big upgrade every ten years than a steady churn where things stop working at unpredictable intervals.
The fact that Windows XP has been around so long is really an accident. If it was up to Microsoft we'd all upgrade our machines every 3 years or so (consider Windows 95 – 98 – ME – XP – …). The problem with that was that Vista was delayed by a few years and – once it was there – it was so abysmally bad that when asked to upgrade, many people flipped MS the bird.
Hence XP had a much longer lease on life than was originally intended, people have become used to it more than they were supposed to in the first place, and many are reluctant to upgrade to Windows 7 even now because they fail to see the point.
In principle, Linux is at an advantage here because with most distributions upgrades are free, and with many they are pretty seamless. The main problem is really ABI churn, which we have people like the GNOME and KDE developers to blame for.
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