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Microsoft is running scared

By Aaron Mason ·
Let's be frank here. Until Linux started to show its colours on the desktop, Windows has had very little competition, and when something did come along, it wasn't anything Microsoft couldn't handle with a little FUD.

Now that Linux has emerged as a credible Windows replacement, Microsoft has had to pick up its game. For the first time in 20 years, Microsoft has a worthy competitor: the open source community.

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Oh, the irony.

by seanferd In reply to Great idea - attack his s ...

That post was practically unreadable.

Wait - since I have issues with MS, and rather like Linux and BSD, and mess around with Minix, Haiku, and Plan 9, I wasn't supposed to call attention to that, was I?

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Rebuttal 2.0

by Aaron Mason In reply to LOLOLOLOLOLLOLOLOLOOLOLOL ...

Thank you for your very... um... sophisticated response.

You miss the point entirely. Most of MS's market share comes from the corporate sector. Those customers demand stability and compatibility with the rest of the world, and so far, Microsoft has been able to fit the bill (mostly because they don't have the time or resources to check out other alternatives). Home users are getting fed up with the instability and want change. Linux (and its derivatives) provide a stable yet ever improving platform for that change.

TL;DR version: Linux is becoming a viable alternative for those who wish to seek it.

And yes, I do believe the world will end "as we know it" - not stop cold, but something will come along that will change the world so profoundly that the world will never be the same. Maybe alien contact. Who knows?

Oh and one last thing... please learn how to spell. I agree with the person who said this - your post was quite painful to read. At least you split your argument into paragraphs, thank you for that.

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Rebuttal to a five-month-old discussion?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Rebuttal 2.0

Dude, this ship has sailed. If you're going to wait five months between posts on a topic, it's going to be difficult for others to maintain interest.

Singular 'world changing' events like alien contact are not worth planning for. More likely the world as we know it will not 'end', but change gradually via evolutionary processes, not revolutionary ones.

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Re: Rebuttal to a five-month-old discussion?

by Aaron Mason In reply to Rebuttal to a five-month- ...

Agreed, but figured I should say something anyway.

The only reason people are in a turn over this is because it happens to be when the Mayan calendar expires. Someone, somewhere figured that when a dead civilisation's calendar expires, something huge is going to happen.

I doubt the world's heading for cataclysm, though. It doesn't have to be aliens - it could be a major scientific breakthrough, a UN treaty that everyone agrees is the Right Thing To Do(TM)... the possibilities are endless.

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I predict

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Re: Rebuttal to a five-mo ...

on the day the Mayan calendar expires, we will get up and find a massive fusion explosion burning over our heads, pouring tremendous heat and light over the entire planet, and that it will burn for billions of years.

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Tough fight

by vishuindian In reply to Microsoft is running scar ...

In near future, microsoft should be ready to face tough fight from open source solutions. Knowledge(software) should be free ..

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"Knowledge(software) should be free .. "

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Tough fight

Software isn't knowledge. Software is a tool used to manage certain kinds of knowledge storage. Tools aren't necessarily free, and I'm not building tools without compensation.

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On what basis do you make that claim?

by drowningnotwaving In reply to Tough fight

Knowledge(software) should be free

Defend your position.

Why should any new idea that I invent be delivered at no cost to anyone and everyone else?

Do you suggest this rule should apply to all fields of endeavour? What, if any, are the boundaries?

edit shpellnk

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Define "free".

by Aaron Mason In reply to On what basis do you make ...

You know, "free" doesn't always mean price. "Free" can refer to freedom - in other words, we can do what we want with it to suit our needs. We shouldn't be encumbered by what one person (or organisation) thinks is good for us - we should have the ability to define that for ourselves, and to choose a solution to suit that definition.

Freedoms extend to the creators as well. You are free to charge whatever price you wish, and to release it under whatever terms suit you and your goals. Heck, you're even free to make sure that only those who pay for it can use it, even though such attempts are inherently flawed from the outset - ask the thousands of software companies in a constant arms race against software crackers.

When companies try to restrict freedom beyond reasonable bounds (and this is subjective as well), that's where we have a problem. Especially if such attempts cause problems for legitimate users.

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Stretching it a bit?

by drowningnotwaving In reply to Define "free".

Hi SS,

We shouldn't be encumbered by what one person (or organisation) thinks is good for us - we should have the ability to define that for ourselves, and to choose a solution to suit that definition.

... Valid, agreed by me and (in my interpretation) entirely available to anyone in today's desktop environment.

I'm comfortable that your definition is not what the person intended in their post.

In the nicest possible fashion, of course.

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