One of the false charges that anti-FLOSS protestors hurl at FLOSS is that FLOSS is run by amateurs. Begging that question, they conclude that FLOSS cannot be as good as their favourite non-free software.
Chuckle. Those protestors must be squirming as news leaks out that M$ fluffed an update of their updating software on Phoney 7. Contrast that with Debian GNU/Linux repeatedly updating many thousands of packages on more than a dozen hardware platforms using only about 1000 developers.
M$ and Nokia seem to be the amateurs in this, M$ for bricking 10% of their customers phones and Nokia for choosing such a bunch of amateurs to anchor their system. BTW, 10% is more than M$’s market share of smartphones… so they could be going backwards this week.
Are we worried these guys will take over the world with “8” ported to a new platform? Nope. They won’t be up to speed for a few years at this rate and they won’t be able to put Linux back in the bottle by then with hundreds of million of satisfied consumers using Linux for all their personal computing.
This week, my wife went exclusively to GNU/Linux (Ubuntu on a netbook and Debian on a desktop) box and everything works for her. Believe me, GNU/Linux is ready for anyone. My wife is the ultimate high maintenance user… She ran for years using recipes for many common GUI operations written on loose-leaf.