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DarkSithPro

join:2005-02-12
Tempe, AZ
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reply to dave

Re: Open Source's Secret Ally: Moore's Law

said by dave:

popularity is good because it gets you better support from hardware vendors, and is a curse because it gets you the Windows 9x crowd demanding stuff.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather deal with a massive user base wanting more and being an annoyance. By educating them, rather than being the insignificant 1.5 percent no one cares about. Sometimes you need to make compromises to get your message and software across. In the long term if you're the major player on the block the OEMs are going to bow down to you. Again the Linux community has to look at themselves and their distros and make the decision if their Operating Systems are good enough to compete against Microsoft and Apple for the average Joe. If they're not then they have lost battle of the desktop market. Most people don't want their OS as a hobby, but rather as a simple platform to run their programs. It's pretty sad that free OS offerings are not being chosen over closed source Operating Systems that they pay for, because they have the backing of OEMs. That is the biggest tragedy of all time.


FF4m3

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said by DarkSithPro:

Again the Linux community has to look at themselves and their distros and make the decision if their Operating Systems are good enough to compete against Microsoft and Apple for the average Joe.

They are.
said by DarkSithPro:

...they have lost battle of the desktop market.

They have, due to MS' licensing with PC OEMs. So who cares at this point? Times are rapidly changing. MS has no such fixed agreements with OEMs for mobile, portable, and imbedded devices.
said by DarkSithPro:

It's pretty sad that free OS offerings are not being chosen over closed source Operating Systems that they pay for, because they have the backing of OEMs.

The marketplace and consumer demand is rapidly changing.

said by The Seattle Times :

The whole company [Microsoft] has been driving for years toward this radical overhaul of its flagship operating system.

It's an urgently needed move as computing moves increasingly away from traditional PCs -- on which Microsoft built its dominance -- to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, areas where its competitors dominate.

But the dominance of Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms in the mobile realm threatens the future of Windows

For Microsoft, "that's a huge headache because the value of the Windows franchise is that it's the dominant personal-computing operating system, and it's not anymore," said Frank Gillett, an analyst with research firm Forrester.