Sighs. . .
Want to say first off I am neither a lover of hater of MS or any other OS out there. I have used and still do use Ubuntu, Windows <insert OS here> and Mac OSX on maybe not a daily basis but I do use them.
"You may love Linux or hate it, but when a distribution is complete, there's very little hesitation by commercial operators when it comes to getting the completed operating system out there."
Lets see here shall we Gavin? Windows has 88% of the market share. *nix (all 50k version of them) has umm lets see has .9% of the market. . .you can find proof here
Wouldnt it make more sense to work out as much as possible before you release something with that much market share?
"The same cannot be said of Microsoft and Windows. And that's causing some frustration among those who want to get on with Windows 7."
Firs thing here, Windows and Microsoft are 2 different OS'? Yeah lets leave it at that shall we? Personally Im of the mindset of wanting as much of it finished and as bug (yes I know there will be issues) free as possible, and for such a large market share there are going to be more problems found then on something with .9% of the market share.
"OK, Ubuntu is no Windows and Microsoft will say Windows is far more complicated. It has millions more lines of code. It is far more integrated with other products and has a larger ecosystem of hardware and software that it must ensure that it works with. Hence, slower release cycles"
So if you know this why compare then?
"However, Windows 7 was finished ages ago. Yes, we had the beta in October - but since then very little in the build appears to have changed. We've had performance improvements and bug fixes, but Microsoft's been on the triage fast track, to the alarm of some early testers."
Ok lets break this down shall we?
Win7 being finished? yeah doubtful seeing as its a damn beta. Beta means just that unless you forgot the definition.
Very little being changed? What about that which was fixed that we DONT know about? Its not like we wrote it and know exactly what was changed right? Not to mention what if they have made changes that they havent released yet? Games do it all the time. As for alarm? Umm no I would rather it be as close to finished as possible instead of a half assed product (yes this is going to start flames on me....ill just insert the spit in my ass right now to make it easy)
"The only significant difference between last October's beta and the release candidate will be the inclusion of an anti-trust button. This will let users turn off Internet Explorer 8, along with other Microsoft applications, and has been included to satisfy European regulators who feel that Microsoft is hurting competitors by shipping its applications with Windows."
As for the "anti-trust button"? ODFO ok? So they added it who cares? I guarantee that 99% of the people who buy a system with Win7 on it wont care or even know about it. Not to mention we dont know what stuff they changed/fixed without telling us about it.
"Yet the evidence speaks for itself."
Can I see this "evidence" you speak of? Oh right, YOU DONT WORK FOR MICROSOFT. Moving on. . .
"Then, Microsoft's got to let marketing teams construct fancy SKU pricing and packaging options while holding endless meetings about meetings."
Wouldnt you "construct" fancy packaging (ignoring the SKU pricing since that is irrelevant here" to catch the eye of those who are looking for something? Guess you dont care about making a profit eh? And as for the endless meetings you know this how? Oh right its a guess.
"Which is remarkable when you consider how Windows has become a commodity, and how Windows 7 offers very little different from Windows Vista or how little it's changed during the build process. A company other than Microsoft might have open-sourced this beast years ago, in order to free itself from the cost and delay of having to keep re-inventing the wheel. That's why IBM created Eclipse for development tools and others jumped on board."
Commodity? Tell me how much of a commodity it is when EVERY GAMER uses it? What about Businesses? And pretty much everyone of the other 88% that use it? Explain how its a commodity please. How do you know a company other them MS would have Open Sourced it years ago? Lets see, has Blizzard Open Sourced the code for WoW to allow others to have their own servers? Yeah I didnt think so. As for IBM's Eclipse, you have firm numbers of how many jumped on board? Whats that? Maybe 1 million? Ok then I guess that most of the worlds population there then.
"Microsoft could learn from the commercial backers of Linux distros that put the technology and users first."
All I have to say is this Gavin. . .
You sir are not only a fanboi but also an idiot. Have a nice day.