problem is not the OS
its the software.
ping. devils circle. noone uses the OS, noone will write soft for it. noone write soft for it, noone will use the OS.
see the point?
there is "nice OSS (open source software) out there. but it's NICE. not profeessional. (except for programming. and lets face it, i only need a text editor for that)
And for sure i don't wanna run everything in a VM. (which costs money as well)
Take one simple example. besides my dayjob, i STILL do imaging and video / sound editing and compositing.
now, you give me an alternative to ADOBE, and i do the switch on my workstation.
there isn't. there is not one single program as professional as Adobe Photoshop, illustrator (they swallowed freehand, so thats gone), After Effects and Premiere.
For after effects and Premiere, you DO have alternatives, such as AViD studio and similar products. but they require even higher CPU power, and in most cases dedicated hardware. not to mention their price. For imaging, there is no alternative.
So its either MacOS or Windoze.
For games.... same lockin (most of the time), or 5 hour fixing for each game to run, and of course, praying it runs in OpenGL and not DX mode.
Open Office is nice, but it doesn't come close to MS office. Plus that everyone i work with will send me office files with stuff embedded that open office wont convert.
i can go on with the list.
but thats the main reason for me and the lock-in, OS wise.
(let the discussion begin. lol)
Come and join on Starcraft 2 as well =]