I was perusing the news last night and came to the story that their is a rumor that Microsoft might produce a “free” O/S. Of course Microsoft is silent at this point but it is a very intriguing idea to say the least.
Quite frankly, I never understood the rivalry between Microsoft and Linux. Some take a very mature opinions while others will go out of the way to add fuel to the fire.
My decision to use Ubuntu was based partially on the financial side, performance and security of Ubuntu. What of the people that are not technically or financially gifted? Who speak for them? I truly hope Microsoft can produce such a product. With the share of XP installations at about 25 percent and this O/S is on it’s last lap, Who is really going to abandon a perfectly healthy computer to invest in one just to upgrade the O/S Lean times call for lean measures so purchasing one may be too steep.
My only stumbling block with Ubuntu is the forum support. I understand we have lives to conduct so it makes it difficult to answer every request. It is also hard to follow thread if you are troubleshooting. When you are not in front of the machine, diagnostics is a bit tricky.To fair with both sides of the fence, I chose self education because I would not be a burden to the community and I would get my answers that much faster. I think you have to respect a person’s time and even if they are at rest, their time carries a value
For all of these reasons, I believe in a cooperative effort between the Linux and Microsoft communities. The free version could steer audience to either side depending on their needs and be compatible with each side.
Wake up, grab yourself some coffee and lets have a discussion.