There is no question but that Microsoft's tactics were illegal. They were learned primarily from IBM. Both companies were hammered by the DOJ for using such tactics. Each company in turn was rendered incompetent to some degree by the resulting strictures. IBM would never have needed to go outside its own walls for an operating system otherwise. It would never have considered Microsoft except for Bill Gates' mother's seat on IBM's Board of Directors.
Clearly the TradeStation pumper still doesn't know what a computer is...
Someone (a child computer programmer, as I recall), giving a TED talk, parodied his name as Bustin Jieber. The audience got the joke, but I didn't, because I had never heard of him then. I still have never heard him sing.
Oh, please. It's common knowledge that very nearly all the "zombie" computers are running one or another version of Windows.
LOL You've never told the truth before, and what you just posted doesn't break your perfect record.
"Some of the web’s biggest users of open-source gear have thrown their weight behind a project to make open-source “easier.”
"Facebook, Google and Twitter, cloud collaboration services Dropbox and Box and code site GitHub have joined payment providers Square and Stripe, US retailer’s WalMart Labs and a body called the Khan Academy to announce TODO.
"An acronym for “talk openly, develop openly”, the goal of TODO is to iron out lingering and persistent problems for big firms using open source.
"Namely, getting frequent and high-quality quality releases of code for the projects and packages their operations have come to rely on.
"Also, working with communities and projects, and making contributions to help nudge things along.
"The TODO site says the group plans to share experiences, develop best practice and work on common tooling.
"However, TODO warned its primary members can’t do this alone and it has called on others using or sharing open source to join the party.
"Facebook’s John Pearce said in a separate company blog said the overall goal of TODO is to make open source easier for everyone.
"“We want to run better, more impactful open source programs in our own companies; we want to make it easier for people to consume the technologies we open source; and we want to help create a roadmap for companies that want to create their own open source programs but aren't sure how to proceed,” Pearce said.
"More details on how the group plans to work are promised in coming weeks.
"TODO’s members are huge consumers of open source: languages, the Linux kernel, middleware, databases, tools and other server software.
"The giants like Facebook, Twitter and Google have been sucking in code in addition to building their own open-source gear....."
Great article. Confirms my impression of the state of things.
A slightly different take on what to quote:
"Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on warehouse inventory nearby? So 2013!
"And yet in 2014 we had a few events in open source that managed to surprise us, and suggest an even brighter future.
"The dog that didn’t bark
"The biggest open source news of 2014 actually isn’t. News, that is. As Red Hat storage executive Neil Levine opines, the “dog that didn't bark” in 2014 was the fact that "no major enterprise platform launched this year that wasn't built with [open source software]".
"In fact, as Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson declares: “No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.” Even proprietary platforms such as Amazon Web Services are built almost entirely from open source components."
Twenty years ago, I was just becoming aware of Open Source as a movement. I didn't think it would take this long for it to take over the industry. I didn't reckon with Microsoft's resistance to progress. But in the end, the best product usually wins.
One of many ways Microsoft has acted to stifle innovation in computing. I'd guess Microsoft has set the industry back twenty or so years.
No. Photoshop is not necessarily better than the free alternative, but is more "popular" because of the "first mover" advantage. I.e. a lot of digital artists/artisans prefer Photoshop merely because it was there first, so that is what they adopted, and they are locked in, reluctant to change, even for something not sufficiently better.
That is somewhat the situation that exists for many users, as between Windows and Linux.
Also between Android and Windows Phone. Even if WP were better than Android, which is very doubtful, a lot of people have already chosen Android and will not change.
But how does Photoshop benefit Open Source? A lot of digital artists who rejected Linux because Photoshop would not run on it can now reconsider.
In the case of Chromebooks, the documentation undoubtedly includes the usual GPL license notice for Linux and all open source software. That is sufficient notice of recipients' obligations under copyright law.
As for EVERY operating system, the kernel is absolutely essential, just as the foundation is absolutely essential for the construction and continued existence and functioning of a house.
Learn the difference between market share and installed base, stupid.
Geez, the shills get stupider every year....
Please explain why I don't find Bill Gates' signature in Windows documentation.
Yes, they do. Chromebooks run the Chrome OS, which is based on the Linux kernel. You could look it up on Wikipedia.
"For the second holiday shopping season in a row, Chromebooks were the top-selling computers on Amazon, Amazon reported Friday.
"That's bad news for Microsoft and its hardware partners, which have shifted their Windows 8 computer strategy this year by offering cheaper models. For example, the HP Stream laptop, which got pretty good reviews, only costs $200 and comes with a lot of free software like Microsoft Office.
"Amazon reported that the top-selling computers were the Acer C720 Chromebook ($228), ASUS 13-inch Chromebook ($220), and the HP 11-2010nr Chromebook ($198).
"Chromebooks are computers that run Chrome OS, which is essentially just the Chrome web browser with a few extras. They're typically very cheap, around $200 or $300, and only good for basic computing like browsing the web, watching YouTube videos, and emailing.
"Last year, Chromebooks made up two of the top three selling laptops on Amazon during the holiday shopping season."
"OS X Yosemite has rightly earned a reputation as being the most intuitive operating system available,..."
Learn to read, stupid. He is careful to say that he is not stating his own opinion but reporting widespread public opinion. "Rightly" means that it is an opinion that he shares.
Quoting a bit more:
" Chromebooks are approaching a 50 percent share of the US education market, according to Google’s Sundar Pichai. They’re cheap, practical, shareable, and easily manageable. That’s bad news for Microsoft, as generations of students growing up with Chromebooks won’t necessarily want Windows, especially because so many services today are creating feature-rich websites for PC use, rather than standalone programs.
"Speaking of assaulting Microsoft bastions, business use of Chromebooks exploded this year....
Never discussed is whose software was hacked to get to Sony.
Microsoft demonstrated long ago how little confidence it had in its own ability to make a secure system by farming out all or nearly all of its public-facing web sites to Akamai using Linux.
Longish but well worth reading. I mostly agree, but woul argue with a couple of points.
Internet is here to stay. Don't confuse the system itself with current conventions for accessing or providning it.
I still use email when I have something to say that's worth more than a few words. Instant messaging is handy for the small stuff.
Hours spent in careful thought are indeed productive for me. Your style may differ. The great value of a system like Linux is that I can customize it without limitation and without asking anyone's permission.
For the good of the computing industry and all its customers, Microsoft needs to go out of business, and I do believe it's headed that way, but alas I doubt it will happen as soon as 2015.
It's very satisfying to me, to see the way Microsoft is retreating and being forgotten. I was serious when I said today's teens and twenty-somethings will be saying, "Micro who?"