Windows 10: Why Microsoft is turning into an open-source company

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  1.    12 Jun 2016 #10

    Sorry there folks just don't see what this will do for guys like me who spend must of his computer time working on photo editing anymore.
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  2.    12 Jun 2016 #11

    lehnerus2000 said: View Post
    Windows to Linux would be more useful.

    Most of the free software I have installed was ported from Linux to Windows.
    Yes,, I totally agree with this. I would love to be able to run more Windows software on Linux.
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  3.    13 Jun 2016 #12

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    Without updates you don't get bugs patched and new features. It's not like MS or any OS maker can come up with a totally bug free product. With Windows having way in excess of 50 million lines of code it's impossible.

    As for bash.. the inclusion of it from MS and not having to use Cywing is a big deal to many.
    Windows is certainly not bug free, but I'm not sure any of the updates actually fix those bugs. At least, things that I notice never get fixed. Lots of things get "fixed" that I've never experienced. Now, regardless of the bugs, I never had a problem working with a PC that was not updated for a while. Now, working with the open source software very often is problematic. Just my experience.

    Bash .. what difference does it make where it comes from? Does the same thing ...
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  4.    13 Jun 2016 #13

    Hi there

    Open Source can be problematic if you run corporate / enterprise applications and need robust programs and a good solid support mechanism - but that's the nature of Open Source --- most Linux distros for example are open source and usually people don't have too much problem running Linux in a professional commercial environment (I'm not talking about Hobbyists / home users messing around etc). Other software can be written by "One man and his dog" and obviously you wouldn't expect to control a multi-million Dollar business using software from that source but nothing wrong in principle with large companies using open source such as Libre Office / GIMP etc etc.

    Successful companies like Red Hat make a lot of money supplying expertise and support on Linux servers -- other smaller enterprises use well known open source free server type OS's such as CENTOS with their own support staff if they can't afford RED HAT etc. So Open source is fine -- but you have to choose carefully -- the whole gamut of Open source can range from "Like highly professional" to "made in a shed". !!!

    Remember though "From a Small acorn doth an Oak Tree Come" - even Ms had small beginnings -- nothing Micro about Ms these days !!!!.

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  5.    13 Jun 2016 #14

    The reason Microsoft still owns > 90% of the computer OS desktop market is because no other company invests like Microsoft in hardware and software compatibility--especially backwards compatibility. You cannot buy or use an OS that offers as much application and hardware compatibility. Open source is fine for limited-compatibility needs--but if you want the widest choice in available third-party software and hardware, Windows has no peer. OS X, red hat & other Linux derivatives all have much smaller bases of third-party hardware & software compatibility. For me, the greatest value in any OS is the third-party hardware and software it supports. My two cents, anyway...
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