Re: Could Microsoft be On route to dumping Windows in favor of Linux!

Hope Williamson

I think what MS will do, is adopt the Linux OS, and put a Windows
interface on top of it. That's what they should do, anyway.

On 12/23/2020 10:03 AM, Brent Harding wrote:
That would seem hard. I think Apple did a similar kind of thing with Mac OS,
but using BAS underneath it instead. However, I doubt they kept much
compatibility when they went from whatever they had before to OSX, but
either way, it would be a hard thing to do.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Could Microsoft be On route to dumping Windows in
favor of Linux!

I don't understand the technical ramifications. How could all the old
Windows programs continue to run? Microsoft has always put a lot of
importance on backward compatibility for products going back a number of
years. Is this article discussing a change to a version of Linux that
mimics Windows in its structures and design? If it weren't for
compatibility, that might make sense but, unless there is something I don't
understand, how would it be done? With some sort of emulator, I would think
the resources needed would make it a very inefficient proposition.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Parsons
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2020 6:48 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Could Microsoft be On route to dumping Windows in
favor of Linux!

Hi all,

Hmmm, if Microsoft were to do this, it would fly in the face of everything
that Linux and Linuxers stand for. Open Source licensing would be abregated
because Microsoft would still charge for its software. I don't think this
would happen, but then, I didn't think we'd have the president we have and I
didn't think we'd have a pandemic.

Ann P.

Original message:
Hi Everyone,
I just happen to come across this. and thought I would share, as some
people might be interested.
by Jack Wallen in Software on October 9, 2020, 8:16 AM PST Microsoft
Linux is the next evolution of the Microsoft desktop operating system,
argues Jack Wallen. He explains why this would be a win-win for
Microsoft, IT pros, users, and the Linux community.
My esteemed colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols penned an outstanding
piece on sister site ZDNet titled Linux-based Windows makes perfect
sense in which he discussed Eric S. Raymond's point of view that we
are nearing the last phase of the desktop wars. Vaughan-Nichols posits
that the next logical step would be the Windows interface running on
top of the Linux kernel.
It makes sense, especially given how hard Microsoft is working on
Windows Subsystem for Linux. However, from everything I've witnessed
over the last few years, I think there's a conclusion to be drawn that
makes even more sense for Microsoft.
Microsoft Linux: Why it's the best solution At one point, the big cash
cow for Microsoft was software--Windows and Microsoft Office to be
exact. But, as with everything in the tech industry, evolution
happens. Tech companies that refuse to evolve fail.
Microsoft gets that, and it has evolved. Case in point: Microsoft Azure.
Microsoft's cloud computing service, as well as AWS and Google Cloud,
have been massive driving forces in an ever-changing industry. Azure
has become Microsoft's new world cash cow--so much so the company that
has enjoyed a stranglehold on the desktop market has begun to realize
there might be better ways to leverage the desktop.
That leverage could easily come by way of Linux, but not the Linux
you're probably thinking of. The Linux that Vaughan-Nichols suggests
could be a good stepping stone for Microsoft, but I believe the
company needs to make a much bigger leap. I'm talking moon
landing-sized leap--one that will make life a lot easier for all involved.
I'm talking about diving deep into the Linux waters. Forget about a
version of the desktop with a Windows 10 interface running on the
Linux kernel and finally admit that Microsoft Linux might be the best
solution for today's world.
A full-on Linux distribution released by Microsoft would mean less
frustration for all involved. Microsoft could shift its development
efforts on the Windows 10 desktop to a desktop that would be more
stable, dependable, flexible, and proven. Microsoft could select from
any number of desktops for its official flavor: GNOME, KDE, Pantheon,
Xfce, Mint, Cinnamon... the list goes on and on. Microsoft could use
that desktop as is or contribute to it and create something that's
more in-line with what its users are accustomed to.
Development: Microsoft isn't off the hook This doesn't mean Microsoft
would be off the hook in terms of development.
Microsoft would also want to make major contributions to Wine in order
to ensure all of its products work smoothly with the compatibility
layer and are rolled into the operating system by default so the end
user doesn't have to do anything extra in order to install Windows
Windows users need Defender
The Microsoft dev teams would also want to port Windows Defender to
this new distribution. Wait. What? Am I seriously suggesting that MS
Linux would need Windows Defender? Yes, I am. Why?
End users still need protection from phishing scams, malicious URLs,
and other types of attacks. The average Windows user might not realize
that the combination of Linux and safe usage practices is far more
secure than Windows 10 and Windows Defender. So, yeah, porting Windows
Defender to Microsoft Linux would be a good step into keeping the user
base comfortable.
Those users would very quickly learn what it's like to work on a
desktop computer and not have to deal with the daily frustrations that
come with the Windows operating system. Updates are smoother and more
trustworthy, it's secure, and the desktop just makes more sense.
Win-win for Microsoft, users, and IT pros Microsoft has been doing
everything in its power to migrate users from the standard
client-based software to cloud and other hosted solutions, and its
software cash cow has become web-centric and subscription-based. All
of those Linux users could still work with Microsoft 365 and any other
Software as a Service (SaaS) solution it has to offer--all from the
comfort and security of the Linux operating system.
That's a win-win for Microsoft and consumers because Windows isn't as
much of a headache to deal with (by way of bug hunting and security
patching its proprietary solutions), and consumers get a more reliable
solution without missing out on anything. If Microsoft plays its cards
right, the company could re-theme KDE or just about any Linux desktop
in such a way that it's not all that different from the Windows 10
Lay this out right, and consumers might not even know the
difference--a "Windows 11" would simply be the next evolution of the
Microsoft desktop operating system.
Speaking of winning, IT pros would spend less time dealing with
viruses, malware, and operating system issues and more time on keeping
the network (and the servers powering that network) running and secure.
What about the big box stores?
This is where the rubber meets the road. In order to make this really
work, Microsoft would have to completely drop Windows for its flavor
of Linux. In that same vein, Microsoft would need to ensure that big
box stores stocked PCs complete with Microsoft Linux. There would be
no room for half measures--Microsoft would have to go all in to ensure
this transition was a success.
Once the big box stores started selling PCs and laptops with Microsoft
Linux installed, I predict this initiative would be a huge success for
all involved. Microsoft would be seen as finally shipping an operating
system worthy of the consumer; the consumer would have a desktop
operating system that didn't deliver as many headaches as it did
moments of actual productivity and joy; and the Linux community would
finally dominate the desktop.
Microsoft Linux: The time is now
You might think this idea is crazy, but if you really think about it,
the evolution of Microsoft Windows is pointing in this direction. Why
not bypass the halfway portion of this timeline and jump directly to
an end game that spells success for all involved? The time for
Microsoft Linux is now!

Ann K. Parsons
Portal Tutoring
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