If microsoft didnt care about Free Software then Steve Ballmer wouldnt have called Linux "a cancer that attaches itself in an IP sense to everything it touches." And Jim Allchin wouldnt have called Linux "un-american". Free software (not just Linux), Google and piracy are the top enemies at redmond HQ. MS' business model basically fails when there are alternatives to the consumer. For example, a big problem to windows 7 adoption is the cheap netbook.
netbook's aren't even in the same league as notebooks, despite size similarities. netbooks are giant PDA's. i don't think netbooks could ever be used for say software development-they aren't built to deliver that kind of capability.
as for the piracy bit, that's why windows has activation. besides, you'd be an idiot to use a pirated OS
Nope. Sounds like you are using the wrong install program thing. On the flip side the command line is very easy to use once you get used to a few commands just like the old MS-DOS prompt.
sure-but command prompts are the thing of 10 years ago. and UI's are not only easy to use but speed up the process. the console is supposed to be used for advanced functionality (or if you are in a performance critical environment(servers) where GUI's slow the system down).consoles also make it very easy to blow up the OS. take for example the number of steps need to get xen emulation working on ubuntu--far more than to get hyper-v working on winserver 2k8, which has GUI's for the process(or command prompt if you really need it). ultimately its the less aware people who matter most, they have to be able to set these systems up easy or it will never take off. that's why windows is so popular- it's easy to use (and the best). most people are lost at the word command prompt, let alone what the rest of the sentence is.