I'm finding this all pretty hilarious. Like seriously, this is like telling a kid to stop touching the stove and yet IMMEDIATELY after burning himself, he goes ahead and touches it again with his other hand. You sure about that? MS is still "spying" on you if you use Windows 7, they're just not as transparent about it. What's there to not like about the architecture? Practically every OS except Windows and OS/2 uses a Unix-like structure, including Linux and Mac. Do you mean you don't like how to operate it, as a user? Because that I can understand, though it is worth pointing out that there are a lot of varieties with very different user interfaces. Anyway yes, there is something seriously wrong with Windows' overall performance, however, it is worth pointing out that Linux distros like Clear are built specifically to be highly optimized and take advantage of all available instruction sets. When you compare a distro where the binaries are built with generic compatibility (so it'd work on something like a Core2, for example) then Linux still tends to have a performance lead over Windows but it's not quite so drastic. But... Clear Linux is a solid example of the true potential that CPUs have to offer that we're not getting. Even when comparing it to other distros, it can sometimes offer more than double the performance for the exact same program.