Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :
Switching to alternate tools is impractical. having a 1:1 replacement for windows that can run EXISTING windows programs would be the solution ( including all the hardware support and existing drivers)
And you think that would be an easier task than building alternate tools?
Windows is an indescribable piece of bloated horror, with hidden interactions that I doubt even the Windows coders at MS completely understand. Building a fully compatible work-alike would be a) a Herculean task that includes rebuilding Augias' stables with every piece of shit duplicated exactly, b) something that would still not pass the common PHB sniff-test of "is it Windows, including the support from MS", and c) a barn-sized copyright infringement target with a correctly aimed and loaded cruise missile at ten paces (as seen by MS and its hordes of already-drooling landsharks)