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[News] Hypothetical: What if Microsoft Tried to Survive by Embracing Freedom

  • Subject: [News] Hypothetical: What if Microsoft Tried to Survive by Embracing Freedom
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 23:13:24 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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What if microsoft were to go Open Source?

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| The microsoft programs would be ported to run on more 
| architectures and processors. There would be native versions of 
| msoffice, visio, etc. running on Linux, BSD, Solaris and MacOS. I 
| also think that microsofts programs would get a thorough going 
| over with a fine toothed comb and become more efficient with many 
| bugs and security problems being fixed. There would also be 
| faster and more timely patches being released resulting in less 
| zero day exploits. 



Open Source: The War Is Over

,----[ Quote ]
| But so what? The war is over. Open Source won. The whole IT
| industry now depends on a vast amount of Open Source code and
| many key Open Source projects.


Recession and the Victory of FOSS

,----[ Quote ]
| The interesting side effect of that was the sudden realizations by these
| companies and individuals such as âWow, FOSS is actually better!â or âWow,
| and we get all this for free?â  And what's even more interesting is how not
| only are these companies not going back to previous proprietary solutions,
| they're actually telling their friends and fellow businesses about FOSS.
| And all it took was a simple recession to finally give FOSS and Linux the
| kick in the pants it needed.  And if you don't believe me, look at how
| Microsoft is taking hit after hit after hit against it's empire.  If we were
| in an economic boom, that wouldn't be happening.  But since we're not, it is.


If open source has won, then where do we go from here?

,----[ Quote ]
| Supporters of open source are fond of quoting Mohandas Gandhi: âFirst they
| ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.â Did
| he happen to say what happened after that?

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