Yeah, its an old rant from 2005. Not relevant to Linux in 2009, but still relevant to Windows. Windows hasn't changed much, but Linux has.
Here is why Windows is better than Linux. (1) Installing programs is easy with windows because there is a standard. Try installing VLC and you'll see what I mean. (2) Anytime you try to install or change something on your own computer you have to type a password. And god forbid you run the program in root, then you get every warning that exists. (3) Installing anything good in Linux requires an entire weekend ending up in learning how to reinvent the wheel. (4) To truly use any Linux distribution your going to have to either take classes in how Linux works or spend time reading a lot of books and forums.
1) VLC installs via apt-get. What could be easier?
2) This is called SECURITY. Windows lacks it. Suck it!
3) Not true. See #1 above.
4) Not true. See #1 above.
My computers at home run Linux. Well, okay, not all of them. My NAS runs BSD. Hah! My wife's computer, the one of mine that she uses the most, is a dual-boot of Mint and XP. It spends most of its time in XP. I use XP in Virtualbox on the computers I use directly at home, for the occasional direct access to MS Office 2007 for the simple fact that Office 2007 is what I use at work. The kids, all 4 of them (even the 3yo) and my wife are all comfortable using Linux. Kinda totally defeats #4 above. Do they install much of their own software? Not at all. My wife has root access but doesn't use it much (I have to run the updates on their computers), but will google around for software she wants and then tell me what to apt-get if it is important to her. Like for tuning her piano, for example. This hammers home the strength of #2, and the reality is that anything I want to install is as easy as an apt-get and not burdened with commercial fees.
Honestly, unless I want to play games or dabble in warez I don't see any reason to use Windows. There are better, fancier, more awesomely graphical 3D games for Windows, so if I really felt the screaming need to play a fancy game I probably ought to have a dualboot Windows partition somewhere. There are a bazillion more pirate warez titles for Windows than for Linux, so if I really felt the screaming need to stuff my computers with trojans and malware I'd need Windows.
But if I don't care about 3D games and don't want illegal pirated software laden with malware? What then is the appeal of Windows?
Hmm... turns out, not much for me.