You say "If that is the kind of person MS listens to, then MS doesn't want me as a customer."
You have no choice. Those other OS that people name-drop (and comparitively few use) will not run the World Standard programs, such as MS Office. And if they did, those OS are not what is in use and trusted by billions around the globe.
The time for OS competition would have been when 3.1 came out. And it would have been tough. But noone has ever challenged MS. Maybe Apple, but no one can fail to notice the small percentage market share in software that Apple maintains down thru the decades.
So you will wind up doing as MS manuevers you to do. Where is the alternate OS? None known. And no programs developed for it. MS wins again.
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