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1051 comments

Splash! (5, Funny)

niko9 (315647) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780360)

...and what can be done to make Windows better.

Mr. Gates taking a long walk off a short pier?

--

Re:Splash! (1, Funny)

fastidious edward (728351) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780362)

sounds pretty pro-active to me.

iPod's unreplaceable battery (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780397)

iPod's unreplaceable battery lasts only 18 months.

http://www.ipodsdirtysecret.com/

It is "irreplaceable" (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780420)

n/t

Re:Splash! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780401)

what can be done to make windows better:

remove all the spyware, follow international standards protocolwise, give the user full control over security, drop that stupid online registration
and stop the we are at war with the rest of the industry attitude and you will have my cash again.

To make it short become the microsoft of 82-83 again...

Re:Splash! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780427)

Your FP sucked. However, this one, fp45 [rulez.org] RULEZ!!!1````

ORANGE ALERT! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780365)

Watch out for any suspicious planes, people with high melanin count, or who worship a different prophet from you! They wish to inflict harm on your family or neighbors.

Make sure you are prepared and that you know how to react when an airplan crashes into your suburban home.

And stop reading Slashdot!

God bless Amerika.

MODS ON OPIUM! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780393)

Of course the parent post in on topic! Didn't the terrorists use Microsoft Flight Simulator to practice?

By using Windows you are supporting Usama! Please think about it.

How to make Windows Better... (4, Interesting)

RussHart (70708) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780366)

...how about fully documenting all protocols and formats used (under a nice license) so that people can make products interoperable?

Re:How to make Windows Better... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780398)

Come on now, be serious. We were thinking along the lines of a new Office Assistant(tm)? How about a nice talking fish?

-BillG

Re:How to make Windows Better... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780400)

Why don't you specify a protocol or format in current use@MS that isn't fully documented? Or is your only complaint that they are not "free"?

Re:How to make Windows Better... (5, Informative)

swillden (191260) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780436)

Why don't you specify a protocol or format in current use@MS that isn't fully documented?

NTFS, for one.

Re:How to make Windows Better... (4, Informative)

mhesseltine (541806) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780480)

The Office file formats?

Re:How to make Windows Better... (1)

niko9 (315647) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780495)

Duh, .doc MS Word format. You think people woudn't jump ship to capable word processors like Abi word if .doc was fully documented?

Re:How to make Windows Better... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780535)

i don't think so. most users are morons and they would think that a different word processor would be "screwing up their computer".

Re:How to make Windows Better... (3, Insightful)

JK Master-Slave (727990) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780550)

Until the alternative word processors offer the full 'macro' capabilities of Word, i.e. embedded scripting in a .doc file 'just works' the way businesses need it to for their existing documentation base, they're not going to switch.

I agree, for light writing and word processing purposes (what most of us use a W.P. for) the alternative word processors are quite capable and useful.

But the kind of 'seamless' compatibility I described above just isn't going to be there, ever. That's like demanding alternative editors with the full capability of Emacs but derived from a completely separate code base.

Re:How to make Windows Better... (5, Insightful)

Almost-Retired (637760) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780513)

I took a look, at the first page. That was enough to make me hit the back button.

Any questionaire that starts out with a legal header is up to no good. Now, if Bill were to knock on my front door, and was willing to actually talk about it without getting bent cause I said his eula's were a work of the devil (the fact that they are isn't open for discussion IMO), then maybe we could have an informative discussion.

But you *know* what the chances of that are...

First, we kill all the lawyers.

--
Cheers, Gene

Re:How to make Windows Better... (1, Redundant)

ibbey (27873) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780515)

Another way:

Get rid of invasive licensing terms such as the "we can upgrade your software at anytime, and in any way we see fit" from (I believe) WMP 9.0.

osdn buddies (0, Offtopic)

Transcendent (204992) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780370)

Newsforge and Slashdot are both part of OSDN.

...so linux followers we can't bash newsforge for that article?

Re:osdn buddies (-1)

gantrep (627089) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780484)

Lately english much speak you?

Survey taylored with Slashdotters in mind :) (5, Insightful)

DeathPenguin (449875) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780371)

Last four options in the "rank the reasons you like Linux for the home" section:
The satisfaction of not giving Microsoft more money.
I don't trust Microsoft.
I don't want to use proprietary software.
I don't want to use commercial software.

I was almost taking the survey seriously until I saw those options.

Re:Survey taylored with Slashdotters in mind :) (5, Insightful)

ibbey (27873) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780434)

I was almost taking the survey seriously until I saw those options.

Actually, those are important questions. Any surveys that say that any of those areas are "very important", are immediately assumed to be from zealots, and there answers are given less credence if not ignored completely. I haven't submitted my response yet (still debating on whethter or not I want to help them.) but when I do, the answer to all four of those questions will be #2 out of the 5 point scale.

Re:Survey taylored with Slashdotters in mind :) (5, Insightful)

catbutt (469582) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780554)

I'm confused as to why those would make you not take the survey seriously. They seem like valid answers, and if that's the way people feel, they should want to know about it, right? I would not be surprised if they designed their survey by first asking people to answer the questions "free form" (i.e. not multiple choice), and then tried to include the most popular answers in their multiple choice.

No need the other way around.. (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780372)

In related news, Linux developers considered asking Windows users what would get them to switch, but then realized they were already doing their best to clone Windows to the finest detail.

Somehow pathetic (5, Insightful)

DuSTman31 (578936) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780373)

like when the retarded kid at school asks you how to become more popular..

Still, the biggest advantage I can think of is the open source model - the industry has been working for years on ways to increase reuse, but commercial licensing and patent issues get in the way of that.

Re:Somehow pathetic (0, Offtopic)

O (90420) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780462)

Are you saying that's not the way to do it?

Damn, I suppose that's why I have so little success with women. Oh well. =(

Happy fucking holidays....

this makes MS looks stupid (5, Insightful)

cRueLio (679516) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780375)

First they were insulting Linux and saying it has problems bigger than windows, and in the last week they seem to have shown interest in learning from windows. this is like an admission that their software is worse than linux. just my $.02

Re:this makes MS looks stupid (0)

offpath3 (604739) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780561)

Yeah, this seems like a bit of an odd strategy for them. With 90-some-odd-percent of the market, they don't exactly need Linux users to switch over. All this survey seems to be doing is acknowledging to the world that Linux actually is a credible threat to them. The more mainstream this survey goes, the more of a PR boost it is for Linux.

Open the source code. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780376)

That would make Windows better for customers.

Oh, you wanted to know how to make it better for MICROSOFT.

Re:Open the source code. (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780549)

I writing an app. I'm using the SAPI voice/telephony SDK that Microsoft gives away. I'll be able to open Office documents using Office via COM. I'll be using a large number of other things like ADO via COM.

Microsoft (and others) publish their interfaces to their COM objects. Why exactly do I need the source? (Keeping in mind that even if I fixed the OS on my machine, getting the patch to all machines, like my customers', would be a bear.)

13 year old rants begin (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780378)

it's about time all of the anit-ms 13 year olds on /. have a new topic to rant about

Not to be pro-microsoft, but... (5, Insightful)

BlkPanther (515751) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780383)

If we were all really non-hypocritical, and truly interested in security, and usability, and not just microsoft bashing, this is a great opportunity to help them out and point out their flaws.... NAH!!

But seriously, we all complain about MS's problems, now we've actually got a outlet to complain to. If you don't speak up now, you really have no room to speak later!

Re:Not to be pro-microsoft, but... (1, Insightful)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780499)

Considering they are simply going to cherry pick the positive comments and dredge the bottom for the stupidist flaming zealot I think we have about as much chance of being heard as a Temperance protestor at the Octoberfest.

Free as in Beer (1, Interesting)

Malicious (567158) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780384)

How about making Windows Free?

Re:Free as in Beer (2, Informative)

Hollinger (16202) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780475)

That would be interesting, but you do realize that the other applications that Microsoft produces would go up in cost, with the exception (iirc) of MS Office and MS Flight Simulator. Somewhere I read (about a year ago) that Microsoft's development and research are basically bankrolled by Windows and Office, and that a good portion of the rest of their products are sold at a loss.

doh! (5, Insightful)

tuxette (731067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780385)

Microsoft asks Linux users, "How can we get your business?'

...

They apparently don't plan to release the results of their surveys...

They just don't get it, do they?

Otherwise, I agree with some of the respondants on NewsForge - don't do the survey. It's just free marketing etc. info for Microsoft. They're not worth it.

Re:doh! (1)

JohnnyKlunk (568221) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780503)

It's just free marketing etc. info for Microsoft

My thoughts exactly. Unless, of course, you answer with bollocks answers to make their marketing as worthless as their security.

Assuming you beleive this is a proper sanctioned MS survey not just one marketing manager making some noise (or a hoax).

Don't ask a Debian user (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780387)

I hope they didn't ask any Debian users. Their suggestion would be "Go back to Windows 3.1!"

Not a missing poll option!! (1)

sonoluminescence (709395) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780394)

I don't trust Microsoft.

I can see it now... (5, Funny)

D-Cypell (446534) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780395)

I use linux because..

[ ] I am a communist
[ ] I am a terrorist
[ ] All of the above

Re:I can see it now... (4, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780423)

[] I am a communist
[] I am a terrorist
[] All of the above

[] I think different (Penciled in)

Re:I can see it now... (1)

Patrik_AKA_RedX (624423) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780520)

[] I think different (Penciled in)
That makes you a terrorist. You're sabotaging their marketing dep. by being different from the general population.

Frankly, windows is better technically (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780403)

It's the licensing, pricing, and force-fed dependencies that suck. None of these are technical issues.

MOD PARENT UP! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780447)

Yeppers. That's the real deal.

why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780404)

"Microsoft is sending Linux users a survey asking why they use Linux"

umm... we use linux because its NOT windows. ( lets see the Good Bill fix THAT)

why? (2, Informative)

Coneasfast (690509) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780405)

i'm not trolling,

but i think this may be a way to find out the most popular 'features' of linux so MS knows where to attack next ... we all remember the 'viral GPL' attack

why i use Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780406)

because it is FREE and not owned by a greedy corporation that is bent on world domination of everyones desktop with vulnerable Kludgeware that calls home to mamma-M$FT...

Open source should not be about ranting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780407)

While Microsoft works hard to make its products better, many non-developer open source insecure "advocates" work hard to rant Microsoft, assuming that propaganda and ranting will make Linux and open source better.

Microsoft Sends Linux Survey (5, Insightful)

crushinghellhammer (727226) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780411)

Could this possibly be a fake? You would think Microsoft would plaster the website with TMs, and legalese.

Also is it common practice for big corps to use SurveyMonkey. If they are being so open about it, why didn't they have it someplace on Microsoft's site?

Just a thought..

Re:Microsoft Sends Linux Survey (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780467)

Am I the only one that noticed that one of their options for "recommended areas of use" was "organizations that want to send a message to the greedy computer industry?"

Hmm...smacks of a fake to me.

Re:Microsoft Sends Linux Survey (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780469)

Could this possibly be a fake? You would think Microsoft would plaster the website with TMs, and legalese.

They *did* start the surveys off with a "Legal Agreement"...

Re:Microsoft Sends Linux Survey (3, Funny)

GnrlFajita (732246) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780524)

why didn't they have it someplace on Microsoft's site?

They didn't want their site to get /.ed!

Linux should send a Microsoft survey (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780414)

Windows 2000 and Windows XP are superior to anything Linux for home users. Here is an opportunity to ask Linux users why they use Windows, and what can be done to make Linux better.

Odd, why surveymonkey? (5, Insightful)

essdodson (466448) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780416)

Why did MS choose to use surveymonkey? This seems like a hoax.

Re:Odd, why surveymonkey? (4, Interesting)

Flamesplash (469287) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780430)

it's called marketing outsourcing.

Re:Odd, why surveymonkey? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780539)

They stopped reading /.

Re:Odd, why surveymonkey? (1)

shystershep (643874) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780540)

Question: Why did MS choose to use surveymonkey?

Answer: The Slashdot-effect!

My answers (5, Interesting)

cluge (114877) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780417)

Dear Mr MS Marketing,

I use linux because

1. I expect to own software I pay for
2. I expect software I pay for to work as advertised
3. I expect not to be foreced into downloading other components I don't want of said software to keep my machine secure. (IE media player has to be downloaded to make explorer secure)
4. I expect to not be forced to give up all and any reasonable legal rights when I open the package.
5. I do not want to deal with software that guarantees via the liscence agreeement that the publisher can remotely look at my computer at will.

As soon as the law makers get their opposable digit out of their anal orpheus, and restore a modicum of protection to consumers I don't have any faith that any of the points that I have outlined above will be addressed. Lets face it, you pay for the software, break open the box, and you have no legal expectation that the software will work, in any way shape or form.

AngryPeopleRule [angrypeoplerule.com]

Re:My answers (3, Insightful)

goon america (536413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780522)

2. I expect software I pay for to work as advertised

Strictly speaking, Linux cannot and probably will never be able to "advertise" in the same sense that Microsoft can. This, if anything, is a hindrance (not unsurmountable) to the spread of Linux.

I think what you really mean is "What you see is what you get." Microsoft products are the exact opposite of both parts of that statment.

What about BSD? (1)

Morth (322218) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780419)

So what about us BSD users? They don't want our opinions? BSD is after all very different than linux in many ways.

Re:What about BSD? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780526)

sure it is... keep telling yourself that.

Re:What about BSD? (5, Funny)

Roblimo (357) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780547)

They already monitor the BSD email lists and know what all 25 of you think. :)

- Robin
(ducks and covers)

How can Windows be made better? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780428)

Don't change a thing. Remain closed source and proprietary, release all software under draconian EULA's and other hamstringing legalities, and keep the security model (or lack thereof) exactly as it is, because like Richard Nixon said, you can't know what it's like to stand on the highest mountain (Linux) until you've been in the deepest valley (Windows).

You think it's the truth? (1)

powro (601427) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780431)

Really, You believe Microsoft would put a survey on monkeysurvey or somth like that? Wouldn't it be somebody else just fooling around?

M$ and number of CPUs! (2, Interesting)

Janek Kozicki (722688) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780433)

number of CPUs
please select from:
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8


anyone saw a mobo with 5 CPU slots?

Re:M$ and number of CPUs! (2, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780474)

5 processors is when you have an 8 way box lobotomized by the Win2K kernel because you didn't spend a bundle more on licenses.

Re:M$ and number of CPUs! (1)

BenV666 (620052) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780506)

Sure, for instance the one with 8 CPU slots ;)

Re:M$ and number of CPUs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780510)

Well, it is the same response for cluster nodes. Been awhile since I built a cluster, but it had at least an order of magnitude more than 8.

Re:M$ and number of CPUs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780514)

a cluseter? a number of separate computers? :^P

Release the windows source code (1)

kaltkalt (620110) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780438)

For a start... and oh yeah, charge nothing (ok, $10 for manuals if ya must) for windows.

Why I use Linux? (3, Funny)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780440)

Because I belong to a cult that believes that information should be free (in both cost and free of use restrictions.) This cult also believes in returning derived works back to the collective, so that the movement can continue to grow.

We also worship caffiene and you have done bad things to Java.

Re:Why I use Linux? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780517)

Free in use? Linux is NOT free in use. It's published under the GPL which has certain LIMITATIONS OF USE.

Re:Why I use Linux? (2, Funny)

tuxette (731067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780555)

I use Linux because of that cute little pudgy pengiun.

(Just kidding...)

It's like they read my mind! (5, Insightful)

UpLateDrinkingCoffee (605179) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780441)

From the survey:
  • Its cheaper
  • There is more free add-on software
  • Better gaming experience
  • Ability to run on old hardware
  • More secure than Windows
  • I want to get more Linux experience to help my career
  • No need to constantly keep installing updates and fixes
  • Integration with consumer electronics devices
  • Better performance than Windows
  • Easier to use than Windows
  • Easier to install than Windows
  • Better install and uninstall of additional software
  • No enforced license registration
  • Better scripting
  • Better command line
  • Better device and peripheral support
  • Access to source code
  • Easier to customize exactly how I want it
  • More intuitive, simpler to understand
  • Linux community support
  • Better reliability
  • The satisfaction of not giving Microsoft more money.
  • I don't trust Microsoft
  • I don't want to use proprietary software
  • I don't want to use commercial software

I like these questions (1)

boobsea (728173) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780445)

on the Home User survey:

Reasons you like Linux for the home:

"The satisfaction of not giving Microsoft more money."

and

"I don't trust Microsoft"

At least they ask honest questions.

Re:I like these questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780490)

> At least they ask honest questions.

um, those are answers, no?

Re:I like these questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780527)

No, they're part of the question

A couple of sample questions from the survey (4, Funny)

inkswamp (233692) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780455)

4) Why do you use Linux? (check all that apply)
( ) It's not Windows
( ) It's not Windows-like
( ) It's not a Microsoft product
( ) It doesn't crush innovation with its monopoly
( ) It doesn't need a security patch every 15 minutes

5) How can Windows be better? (check all that apply)
( ) By being Linux
( ) By being Linux-like
( ) By not being a Microsoft product
( ) By not crushing innovation with its monopoly
( ) By not needing a security patch every 15 minutes

woo-f'ing-wooo!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780459)

way to go, already slashdoted!!!

DON'T fill out the survey (1)

Idou (572394) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780464)

Just post your answers at newsforge after only "looking" at the MS survey.

Newsforge says "look" at the survey, while the /. poster says they said "submit." I hope this is an innocent mistake . . .

riiight (5, Funny)

Rumagent (86695) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780465)

Dear Rebel Alliance

Why don't you like me anymore?

Love
Palpatine

Answer to Linux survey: (4, Insightful)

Helpadingoatemybaby (629248) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780466)

Here's what I would suggest:

1) Stop violating the law and pay restitution to each and every company that has been damaged and run out of business by Microsoft's immoral business practices.

2) Rescind the patent for the "long file name."

3) Have Bill Gates and the current management team resign from the company.

4) Drop your prices for your Office suite and OS to zero dollars and zero cents (plus or minus zero) to make it competitive.

5) Do not release your code until it's done, so security can be improved (like some open source projects are able to do).

6) Remove the requirements enter authentication codes and product keys. (Many open source products don't require this.)

7) Use open protocols and stop trying to sabotage everything to make a buck.

8) Try and improve your dismal reputation for shoddy work.

9) When making a charitable contribution cease donating "in-kind" the value of software given just so you can fleece the taxpayers of the tax deduction.

10) God forbid, pay some federal income tax you dirtbags.

11) In short, there is nothing you can do. Have a nice day.

pay me (3, Insightful)

kardar (636122) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780468)

I always looked at stuff like this as helping some executive somewhere in the marketing deparment get a huge bonus.

Give me some!



Microsoft's REAL agenda (2, Funny)

illuminatedwax (537131) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780471)

They're simply using this list to round up all the Linux users and present them to SCO on a silver platter (like Spiderman!). Then, when SCO wins the suit, Linux will be destroyed!!! MUAHAHAHA!!!!

--Stephen

How Long... (0)

bunkie (221331) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780473)

Just how long do you think it will take M$ to follow apple and rape BSD to make a new OS?

Don't take the survey (1)

ihummel (154369) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780476)

The more clueless Microsoft is about Linux, the harder it will be for them to attack Linux. The ultimate reason behind this survey is so they can know better how to herd Linux users back into the M$ fold.

mistake in survey (5, Funny)

goon america (536413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780481)

Why is "Don't want to help hegemonic evil spread across the face of the Earth" not one of the options?

You must enable cookies (3, Interesting)

glassesmonkey (684291) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780483)

You Must Enable Cookies...

In order to take this survey, you must enable cookies on your browser. It's easy to do - just follow these simple instructions.
Haha! They are so clueless, they don't even have instructions for Mozilla [mozilla.org] !! I thought, wouldn't it be awesome for them to see the UA strings being non-microsoft, then saw their moronic cookie notice for IE 6.0/5.5/5.0/4.1/4.0 or Netscape 4.0+... (I kinda feel sorry for them being so out of touch)

POISON THE DATA (0, Flamebait)

flacco (324089) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780487)

for every intelligent linux user who refuses to give MS the very data it needs to attack linux, there is a gullible one who will cheerfully fill out the survey.

that's why it's the intelligent user's duty to fill out the survey in a random, but believable way.

make their data useless in the aggregate.

Abstain (1)

Clsid (564627) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780489)

When Microsoft cares to release Windows Media Player, Microsoft Messenger and stuff like that for Linux, maybe then I would consider spending some time for them. I will have to add to that list the promotion of incompatible web pages (read OCX or IE based).

Free (-1)

RoadkillBunny (662203) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780491)

Making Windows free would be nice, but I don't think MS defines that as 'better'.

business survey useless (1)

geoff lane (93738) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780497)

the questions in the business survey are very poor and often cannot be related to real-world linux installations.

One question asks about linux clusters and offers a selection of maximum "nodes" which stops at eight?!

The problem seems to be that the questions are designed to gather a "checklist" of features that when added to windows would make it a viable alternative to linux. As the Irishman would say when asked for directions to the next town, "If I were you, I wouldn't start from here."

iPod's Dirty Secret (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7780502)

iPod's unreplaceable battery lasts only 18 months!

http://www.ipodsdirtysecret.com/

And if you act now... (1)

segment (695309) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780505)

Act now and be the first to receive a $200 gift certificate for switching back to MS from Linux. Microsoft "Because We Can Buy It or Break It"

I found this odd. (2, Interesting)

jafo (11982) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780525)

Several of our local users groups got copies of this message. The message in part says that their goals are to find out where "Microsoft should be focusing on to help our customers over the next".

This makes me wonder about the integrity of their claims, because it's hard to imagine that anyone at Microsoft believes that the best way to reach their customers is via Linux Users Groups. So, if that's not really their intention, what ARE they trying to do?

One of the guys in our local user's group, Anthony Earl, suggested that we give them some ideas that will slow them down, like strict security on the desktop. James DeWitt suggested "Clippy, only MUCH BIGGER!" Sean

I answered the survey (2, Informative)

xutopia (469129) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780536)

with random answers that didn't reflect reality.

Maybe we should do a survey similar to this one so that we can learn from Windows users as well.

Legal Agreement??? (1)

advocate_one (662832) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780542)

"1. Legal Agreement


By offering suggestions through this survey, you give Microsoft full permission to use them freely. We can't guarantee we will use your suggestions, but we will review them for use in future products. If appropriate, we may explore your feedback further. We will not provide compensation for your suggestions submitted through this online survey, though we appreciate your feedback and look forward to building better products with helpful feedback such as yours."

Well they can kiss my contribution goodbye...for the exact same reasons I refuse to sign up to a Passport account and refuse to permit my kids to use hotmail accounts or anything else tainted by similar legal agreements...

More Evil/Less Evil/Just Evil Enough (5, Funny)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780559)

Question 1: Do you think Microsoft should be:
A. More evil
B. Less evil
C. Microsoft is just the right amount of evil right now.

Question 2: Concerning how much the next version of Windows should steal from Macintosh OS 10.3, Windows should:
A. Steal more from Apple
B. Steal a lot more from Apple
C. Still every single element of OS 10.3
D. The current crappy, half-assed ripoff of OS X is currently sufficient for all my computing needs.

Question 3: Next year, how many Windows-specific viruses would you like to receive in e-mail:
A. The same amount as now
B. More
C. A whole lot more
D. I have a Windows box still sending out copies of SoBig at this very moment.

Question 4: How large would you like the next Windows security hole to be?
A. Large enough to accommodate a small dog.
B. Large enough to drive an SUV through.
C. Large enough to drive a Mack truck through.
D. You know that huge crawler thing NASA uses to take the space shuttle out to the pad? Yeah, that big.

Question 5: C'mon, be serious. How much for your soul?
A. Already sold mine.
B. An Xbox with the complete library of available games.
C. 10000 shares of Microsoft stock.
D. Natalie Portman
E. CowboyNeal

6 easy steps to improving windows (4, Insightful)

Hellkitten (574820) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780563)

  • Replace DOS with a decent shell with better scripting support
  • Add parameters to tools so they can be used without a gui (eg. in scripts)
  • Embrace but don't extend
  • Be standard compliant
  • Document own file formats and protocols. Without NDAs or agreements limiting how it can be used
  • Fix security, and be open about outstanding security issues

DON'T FILL THIS OUT (2, Insightful)

doug13 (25087) | more than 10 years ago | (#7780564)

Don't do homework for MS. After they GPL their OS i'll fill out any survey they wish; but until then they bite me. "no silly rabbit, trix are for kids"
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