I've reported bugs with no fee. Some were fixed and some were not. I don't assume to be the first or last person to report a bug. I highly doubt any developer would purposefully leave in bugs. Sometimes fixing one bug involves creating 2 or 3 or even more.Petermint wrote:Microsoft are well known for never fixing some problems. Many years ago, I reported a serious problem and supplied a fix. The next release of Windows contained the same problem because they cut the development version of Windows before applying my fix. I tried to report the problem and fix for the new release but Microsoft said I had to pay a $135 service fee to report the problem. That is one area where Linux saves some money.
Microsoft did not get the $135. Some computers under my control switched to Linux. Based on the feedback from my publishing stories like that, somewhere over 10,000 desktop computers switched to Linux.
Unfortunately most of those organisations have to keep some computers running Windows. My posts here are about why I have to keep Windows running on at least one computer. The discussion should help the development of Linux. Instead I find people saying we should somehow treat Linux as a special case.
We officially do not like Windows because new releases introduce errors but we have to like Linux despite a new release introducing errors plus regressions. We officially do not like Windows because the new user interface is dumb compared to the previous release but we have to like it when Linux does exactly the same.
The discussion is not to treat Linux as a special case. Merely to start a dialogue to consider suggestions and ideas.
As for "we" "officially" not liking windows, that's a blanket statement. Almost every new iteration and patch for every OS, as well as 3rd party software, comes with bug fixes and new bugs. Stating that the user interface is "dumb", when many distros have copied it, is not only an opinion but nonsensical as well. UI's are inherently subjective. I've developed UI's for several apps within my company and are all equally criticized. When one feature is changed team "x" complains. When it goes back to the old way, team "y" complains. The bottom line is, you consider the over all average user experience and go from there. Linux and Windows, as well as OSx all do the same thing. Just in different ways. Neither are "dumb", just different.
Also, you don't have to like a new UI, Windows, Linux, or otherwise. Just like Linux, you are free to change your UI in Windows and OSx. There are a ton of 3rd party UI's for almost every OS. Everyone's got a preference. For instance, while I dislike OSx, my favorite UI is Pantheon.