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Post An Ex-Microsoftie with some interesting things to say...
Interesting story, a former Microsoft Research employee of 11 years claims that proprietary software will
eventually go away, and suggests that Microsoft should release their version of linux if they plan to stay alive.
http://blogs.computerworld.com/15047/ex_microsoftie_linux_will_destroy_windows


Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:14 am
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I saw this. An interesting idea, though people will always be interested in paying money to not have problems and Microsoft will always want to make money. I intrinsically have no problem with this, as a future software developer I'm going to want to make a living too. The problem with proprietary software is that if no one besides employees sees there code, it can be as nasty as they want as long as it is relatively non-buggy. And if it has to do with security or encryption, there is only a small community making sure it is accurate. From Wikipedia:

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Linus' Law according to Eric S. Raymond states that "given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow."


So Microsoft has that against them right off the bat. Beyond that, they tend to abuse their customers by including DRM backdoors for the benefit of their business partners, not pushing the windows gaming experience as hard as the console gaming, even though they shouldn't have a say in the matter, etc. They also spread a lot of FUD about Linux, haven't really done much in the last decade and so on.

They also have a shitty command line, but what can you do.

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ah, raymond mentions linus' law in "art of unix programming". and it certainly makes sense, and this is
partially what their patching is based upon, they realease software, the hackers find the holes, exploit them,
microsoft finds out, and plugs the hole. certainly not the best way to test for bugs, especially if you're
trying to provide quality.
and command line certainly sucks, though windows 7 has some "power shell", i don't know much about it
other than supposedly it should be better.


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You can fix Windows' shell all you want but if you start changing everything (utilities, filesystem, etc.) to make it command line friendly but still commercial you're just going to end up with a Mac.

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how would windows know where to go if it wasn't for mac's footsteps?


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You're assuming its gone anywhere. I really don't see that much of a difference between 7 and XP besides some gloss. I guess floppy-less raid-driver installation, oh, and a less ugly installation procedure. Ah, a flourish or two having to do with its dock-ripoff taskbar. So yeah, the actual improvements have been rather unoriginal.

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