When the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) throws fuel on the fire of revolution, you know it’s a big fire, happening in the public square.“While some have found the process of upgrading straightforward, others have found it expensive, irritating and time-consuming.
And interestingly, it isn’t the operating system itself that seems to be causing the biggest headache, it’s transferring the applications that used to run on it and upgrading the servers that supported the old machines.” That’s the case with the escape from XP, M$’s pinnacle of lock-in.
You see, M$ designed XP simply to create lock-in. It was no technical advance. It was an advance in lock-in with “domains” and “forests” and dependence on servers running that other OS just to log in and obscured file-sharing protocols and ever-shifting file-systems and file-formats.
Well, M$ succeeded in locking in businesses and large organization with a vengeance. The problem is the applications, you know, the ones designed especially for XP? Well, many of them won’t run with anything else. Those applications are locked in as is the hardware that depended on those obscured file-sharing and networking protocols. M$ now asks everyone to throw away all their IT and accept new lock-in from “7″ and “8″ and take another jog on the treadmill getting nowhere while working up a sweat.
The problem, for M$, is that they’ve been so aggressive in creating lock-in that their loyal followers cannot afford to throw away all that IT and carry on. IT has grown by an order of magnitude since XP was foisted on the world. The cost of continuing with M$ and “partners” is now much greater than the cost of going to GNU/Linux and keeping a lot of the hardware and understanding what IT is and how it works. They’ve made GNU/Linux look better.
The FUD doesn’t work. The world sees M$ as the cancer, not GNU/Linux and FLOSS. The world sees Android/Linux systems working smoothly for more folks and at lower cost and complexity. The world sees that depending on M$ for anything in IT is difficult, expensive and a nightmare waiting to happen.
The result is that consumers are switching to Android/Linux and governments, businesses and large organizations are switching to GNU/Linux, in droves. Governments are banning M$’s standards and protocols. The OS itself is next. Already huge segments of humanity know that a web browser and the Internet will do a lot of what they want done. There’s just no need for a lot of what M$ offers and it’s more efficient to go elsewhere for software. Enter FLOSS, the most efficient means of creating and distributing software. It’s time is now.