Yeah, and then there is Chrome OS now too - another Linux based derivative.
I just downgraded back to windows 7... Took me alot of effort but it was worth it. Unless you have a touchscreen tablet windows 8 is a disaster for anyone trying to be productive. I had various issues with running auto cad efficiently. And my workload effectiveness and efficiency at home decreased by as much as the amount of time I spent looking and aearching for features that used to be right in the open and that are hiding in windows 8. The biggest issue I had with autocad is that auto cad is designed to use the center wheel of a mouse to pan around drawings. But on windows 8, it moves your whole screen out and tries to zoom out. It's impossible to function on auto cad with this design. There are various other problems with this software and windows 8.
My laptop is pretty old from 2010 and I'll have to upgrade to a new work machine in the near future. Every new laptop has windows 8, i can't use it therefor I can't buy a new laptop with windows 8. Microsoft is forcing me to buy a mac.... I do not have any options left. You can't even buy a laptop with windows 7. And if you want windows 7, you have to go through a pain full process of getting downgrade rights.
Who is making decisions at microsoft?
That is the question.
There isn't a viable alternative for most.
The current reluctance towards MS offering leaves them exposed. They must have considered that. I expect they are gambling no one else will step in .
Tim could deal a fatal blow if he does deliver the $699 mac whatever.
It is not impossible the oems could finance a more user friendly Linux desktop thing.
There are reasons why it is hard for Timmy or the oems to do that. There are big barriers. But the potential rewards are huge.
It is important to get the message across to MS among others. To just give in would only encourage them.
I am not expecting a huge uptake of Ubuntu as it is. The oem offerings you mention will have a market - but I don't think it will be huge.
Perhaps if they get a more user friendly version togeteher and ship it on a fair percentage of oem machines - then it could take off.
I upgraded to window 8 pro (64 bits) from window 7 ultimate. Window 8 is faster than window 7 .I really like hybrid shut down and hybrid boot ( it takes 10 seconds). There are many new features in window 8 its a nice upgrade from window 7