Here`s a business idea;
Make Linux (especially Ubuntu) more user-friendly and easier to install for the average user . Sell the security, stability, and the fact that it`s free to the consumers by making money on the support aspect and apps. Take down Microsoft in the OS department. That would be nice. Otherwise, I got no problems besides the fact that we are all at the mercy of Microsoft, which forces us to pay for a crappy, unstable, full of security holes OS. To bad that SUN is running on IIS. Let the creative juices flow in the direction of Linux and the next OS ideas.
I`ll agree with you that Microsoft isn`t the most efficient company out there but being the big guy also means you have a target on your back. (A similiar argument is used by us Americans to explain why some countries just don`t seem to like us.) The biggest OS gets targeted the most by cyber criminals and has the biggest chance of crashing because it has a larger user base. The average Linux or Mac user isn`t going to start randomly hitting delete in the registry editor, for example, or opening attachments from Viagra spam e-mail.
With that said, I`ve had the severe displeasure of having to tangle with Windows 98, which would crash twice a day just a month after a brand-new clean installation. Even Windows XP doesn`t have an automated backup tool, which makes it even tougher.
For example, I was called in to fix someone`s home PC. Sure enough, half the drivers had been misconfigured and now the sound as well as the printer was not working. Since it happened to be a Dell, it only took 2 hours (instead of a day) to eliminate most of the causes. (Dell computers come packed with considerable diagnostic and troubleshooting programs on a partitioned section of the hard drive.) I went to another computer, downloaded the drivers from Dell.com, and had everything fixed by the following morning.
Now, if it had been a Mac, I would`ve had to either chance a improvised repair or take it into a Mac repairman who`ll charge $50 an hour just to open the tower.
"Forget inspirational quotes to keep you going. If by doing what you do, you get an hour every day to relax, be with the ones you love in comfort without doing wrong, then it is all worth it." -Anon.