Sanding our assholes with 150 grit.

imagine if Windows...

moved to a form of unix or linux...

x-plat programs, everyone could stop wasting time being xplat and instead focus on innovation.
...all the opensource stuff would work on windows without leaping through hoops...
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 19th, 2006
updates could be done in small, manageable chunks, instead of sodding great service packs that totally alter the form of the OS.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 19th, 2006
Maybe in 10 years? :-)
Permalink Lost in the jungle 
January 19th, 2006
Imagine if GWB came to adress the public, wearing nothing but a helmet made from a hollowed out watermellon and proclaimed him self to be Zaarg the time traveler.
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 19th, 2006
isn't this what google is up to ???
Permalink PNII 
January 19th, 2006
Wearing mellon helmets? I guess they might be?
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 19th, 2006
neked ... of course :)
Permalink PNII 
January 19th, 2006
i love it here ... never any thread drift ... sorry JHC, you were saying something about a global OS I believe ... ?
Permalink PNII 
January 19th, 2006
I'm guessing maybe we'll see that in OS XV on Intel/AMD when all malware has the one target. Sheesh. Leave us one island of peace.

And btw, isn't it time everybody drove on the proper side of the road?
Permalink trollop 
January 19th, 2006
"Imagine if GWB came to adress the public, wearing nothing but a helmet made from a hollowed out watermellon and proclaimed him self to be Zaarg the time traveler."

...


"sorry JHC, you were saying something about a global OS I believe "

....huh? what?
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 19th, 2006
Its thursday isn't it?
Permalink Eric Debois 
January 19th, 2006
Under the hood Microsoft could use Unix to a great extent and make everybody happy, just like Apple. The pressure is greater than ever on Microsoft due to the Apple migration to Intel. Eventually, I think they will adopt it.
Permalink Lost in the jungle 
January 19th, 2006
NT OWNS UNIX FOREVERS.
Permalink IMesh 
January 19th, 2006
Why would MicroSoft?

They have the codebase to a feature rich OS that is doing what they want.

Apple is not serious competition, and MS are getting stronger and stronger in the server market.

Linux on the desktop has lost it's momentum and will never catch up.

Every usefull unix package is ported to windows.
Permalink Erik Springelkamp 
January 19th, 2006
"Why would MicroSoft?
They have the codebase to a feature rich OS that is doing what they want."

right. I personally believe that the cost of maintaining and extending the OS is killing them slowly and softly.

Whereas Linux is gaining momentum, and developers, Windows is slowly losing it, and being swamped.

the OS is rapidly becoming a....thingie...whats the word Im looking for? like computer hardware.

The way that Linux is set up people can take it and extend it in the direction *they* want it to go...for this reason it enables innovation to come from anywhere and provides a mechanism by which new and better ideas can be easily moved into the standard OS.

This provides a kind of snowball effect that I believe is only beginning to roll....its at the top of a hill and its pretty small still, and just moving gradually forward.

By contrast, Microsoft can only extend Windows depending on the money it puts into it and the time it has available from its employees.
Currently Microsoft has a *heap* of money and a *heap* of time, and so it appears to be winning.


But over time, its going to lose. (apple is already losing to Linux, so is Unix...and so will Microsoft).

'Lose' *doesn't* becessarily mean 'go bankrupt', it just means that like apple, Microsoft will become a much smaller player in a much larger IT world.

And it may mean that its OS will lose out, and be replaced by Linux even if its other software (office) never does.

The natural solution to avoid this is to begin developing software for Linux.

Whats the bet they already are? rather like apple maintaining an Intel version of its OS around for emergencies if I were Bill Id have a Linux version of Office etc around as well.....just waiting for the optimum moment to provide it.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 19th, 2006

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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