Steve Ballmer said, “Apple, Ballmer said, is about being "fashionable," while Amazon is about being "cheap," and Google is about "knowing more." Microsoft, Ballmer said, is about "doing more."”
Perhaps Ballmer doesn’t really understand M$. That’s why he’s leaving. M$ is about doing less, not more. M$ does less to rake in a dollar than most other businesses, by leveraging its monopoly. It doesn’t really need to sell a product, its product is shipped by default, occupies space on retail shelves by default and is bought with PCs, bundled with the hardware. It didn’t even need to compete until a few years ago. Sure it makes software but the cost of making the software is tiny, per copy, when hundreds of millions of copies are sold per annum. It’s the OEMs, the retailers, the consumers and the fix-it guys who do all the work while M$ grew fat on the revenue. The users certainly don’t do more. They suffer the re-re-reboots, the missing drivers, the slowing down, the malware and the re-installations. Out of ignorance they pay $hundreds to have a “broken hard drive” repaired for the umpteenth time or just buy another PC hoping it will be more reliable than the last one. Out of ignorance, they blame the hardware rather than M$ for the “breakage”.
GNU/Linux is the OS that’s about doing more. I blog, I crunch numbers, I edit graphics, I search huge databases of text and data which I store on my PC as well as the Internet and I use multiple PCs as if they were one using Debian GNU/Linux. That’s the right way to do IT, the right way to do more. I have never had malware despite running without firewall or anti-virus software on hundreds of PCs and servers for many years. I have never had a PC slow down unless it was doing multiple big jobs for me. I haven’t paid a penny to M$ for my software. I haven’t had to re-install or reboot as a normal part of my use of computers. I have two or three times as much going on as I could with that other OS. That other OS is about doing less.