Hardware and software are separate issues. [This] is irrelevant, AND SHOULD BE, to the end user.
I completely disagree with this statement. Any good consumer should know about the major ingredients to whatever it is that they are purchasing in order to make the most informed decision. If you do not have an understanding of these ingredients then your ability to compare the final system will be weak. If you have a poor understanding of your argument then others will see right through it for its lack of validity. This is known as the fallacy of division.
It is irrelevant if hardware or software is the problem.
How is it irrelevant? If a certain hardware or a certain software do not fit your needs, then you should look at alternatives. Because they are seperable entities, you should be able to examine each individually as to not falsely conclude both are inferior just because they are bundled.
[Microsoft OS's] seriously degrade in short order after a few months to a year or so of use... Mac, if kept in it's original state, save for the usual user end software, will perform 5 or maybe even 10 years from now, just as good as the day you bought it.
I feel that it is necessary to defend Microsoft here because that is simple not the case, and a false observation by many users of this OS. The OS itself does not just slow down because you use it over time. This is more flame wars and propaganda supporting a pro Mac, anti MS agenda without merit.
Then there are the dime a dozen 3rd party apps for useless stuff that are full of memory leaks.
All OS's are potentially susceptable to this problem. It is not just a Microsoft issues my any means. I therefore find even bringing up 3rd party apps completely irrelevant to this argument.
[Linux] hardware compatibility can be a nightmare if you are unlucky
It really has nothing to do with luck. As the consumer you should be able to figure out what is and what isn't supported for whatever operating system you are running, and Linux is no exception. In my experience every single piece of hardware that said it will work with Linux, does. Also, less relavent, every piece of hardware that did not clarify if it worked with Linux also did, it was just my responsibility as the user to figure out how.
M$ operating systems are NOTORIOUS for being sluggish and crummy - OUT OF THE BOX.
Microsoft doesn't just make home user operating systems. I would argue that for many who use Microsoft operating systems as their servers, have chosen them because of their performance with the given toolset that they use.
I am no Microsoft OS fanboy, but I will defend for the false acusations against it. My argument was quite simple: if you are going to criticize a system, you should be careful not to over generalize in projecting your specific problems to all instances, lest you incite flame wars and sound ignorant.
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