Lowest Common Denominator

In mathematics that is a rather useful concept for telescoping some expressions, reducing work or speeding solutions. In IT, M$ seems to be gravitating to an operating system that will run on the small cheap computer as well as more powerful machines. It’s still not clear whether the system will just recognize its environment at boot time or at installation time to adapt to the idiosyncratic components of each platform: mobile, desktop, notebook, ARMed, … This could mean a more bloated installation or a slimmed-down operating system overall. We’ve been telling the world M$ is bloated for years. Perhaps M$ has been listening.

The end result could be more transparency/openness for the user but it could also complicate M$’s implementation road-map, delaying roll-out. Either way, it could be good for IT. The more users of IT appreciate transparency, the more they will love GNU/Linux and other FLOSS. The more users of IT experience delay of M$’s release, the more chance they will have to try other technologies. This makes the world of IT a better place because choice is good.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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