Roy Schestowitz wrote:
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> | Anyone who has been following the tech news lately knows that Microsoft
> | has been taking a beating. In addition to the standard anti-Microsoft
> | sentiments which we have come to expect from the blogosphere and the
> | open source community, lately there has been a lot more Microsoft
> | bashing than normal. There has been good reason for this though;
> | recent problems have brought the company to a low point.
> | [...]
> | In an article some time ago, I wrote how the release of Vista may
> | actually be a good thing for the desktop Linux community. My reasoning
> | at the time was that the rigorous hardware demands of Vista and its
> | price could drive people to Linux. This seems to be doubly true now that
> | Vista's intended feature set has become less impressive, it has been
> | delayed, and there will be six pricing SKUs.
> | [...]
> | ... The growth of Firefox
> | made it abundantly clear that a well planned, user supported marketing
> | campaign can do wonders for free software. The Linux community should
> | follow this example and take advantage of what is currently happening
> | in the OS market. Consumers will be appreciative of a reprieve from
> | the daily tortures of spyware, Internet Explorer, and Windows
> | licensing fees.
Its easy to feel a bit sorry for MS, they are on a no-win path which ever
way they go. You have the hobbyists wanting somethings redically different
simply because they are a bit bored with the old, then the business side
wanting familiarity but much improved safety.
You see, I keep saying it and no one listens but my mother, if MS had clean
line splits between 'kernel | application layer | view' then they could
satisfy all, of cause that would make it easier for third parties to slip
in a view shell, but thats alright. Oh, maybe they are worried that IBM
will put a shell on with a huge splash screen saying 'Welcome to IBMWIN, we
waited a long time for this, but we got there in the end'.
We in Linux can do it, put a view shell of our choosing on Linux, create
your own even. No one forgets that its a Linux underneath. So don't worry
MS, we will know you wrote the kernel. No doubt they will be the occasional
on screen reminder to help us remember, 'You have been hit with a virus'.