I realise that this is an age old question, but I was recently asked this by a computer science student why after he had just tried Linux, anybody would care to fork-out money for Windows Vista or Server products when they can use more than half decent
Linux for a fraction of the price?
Lets face it most people use their computers for the internet, music, films and so forth, something XP already does quite well, though the security floor allowing all users to run as administrator, is repaired in Vista. Apart from that, the average user will
use their computer for exactly the same functionality in XP as Vista, bar improved security, graphics and so forth.
What EXACTLY are the principal stregnths and weaknesses of both operating systems, here and now in the year 2007?