I Care About M$ v Free Software

One of dozens of means of “winning” an argument is to claim the opponent’s arguments don’t matter.“There really is no one-size-fits-all computer operating system, so fighting about which one is better ends up being a huge waste of time.” In the OS Wars, OS does matter because not all operating systems are benign servants of the user. M$, after all, is “out to get us”.

M$ deliberately expanded its monopoly to stifle competition. That hurt us. The world paid many $billions more for software than necessary because of that. Just check M$’s SEC filings and compare them with RedHat’s to see what I mean. RedHat actually worked for a living for years before it had its first $billion in revenue. So did M$, but RedHat didn’t go around locking people in with shifting file-formats, making “Independent” Software Vendors dependent and totally neglecting security for a decade or more.

M$ deliberately made crapware sell because it could and the world re-re-rebooted for decades. That hurt us.

FLOSS and GNU/Linux don’t hurt us because the software can be run any way we want, examined until the cows come home, modified if we wish, and copied endlessly under the same terms. FLOSS is out to help us, not to hurt us.

So there are dozens of reasons to use GNU/Linux and few to use that other OS. That’s not what the war is about. It’s about being free to get the best out of IT and the hardware we own. M$ deliberately limits what our hardware can do by the terms of its cursed licences. We have to pay extra for the privilege of being enslaved. That’s not for me. No one chooses to be enslaved when they see they have a choice. Put GNU/Linux on retail shelves and watch what happens. ASUS sold out. Dell is selling it like hotcakes in China and India. Many governments, businesses organizations and individuals are enjoying Freedom. You should too.

See Who cares about Windows versus Linux?.

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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2 Responses to I Care About M$ v Free Software

  1. Kushi Purac wrote, “Thanks for all your hard work.”

    Thank you for your kind words. We have come a long way. Along the way, I’ve grown older and fatter and my doctor loves my custom but my fondness for FLOSS, particularly GNU/Linux, still grows stronger.

  2. Kushi Purac says:

    Our desktop died finally after a decade of service. The mobo was acting up for a while so we knew it was coming.
    But a desktop fail isnt as big a deal as it was the last time.
    I have a android phone and tablet, a 6yr old Dell Netbook and a laptop. The desktop paradigm has moved on but it is still part of our family life. It has a nice 27inch screen where we watch many a thing, it serves as homework central since its a central location and where my wife works from when the kids are away. This is where we edit our home videos and where the kids come with their friends and edit their skateboard tricks. And falls.
    I have the mobo, memory and chip bought (an lower end intel one) which I will put in a newer case since the old buzzed, rattled and hummed. The one thing this computer wont have is a copy of Windows.
    Since I first installed PCLinuxOS2007 as a dual boot with WinXP, the days of Windows were numbered. At first wed boot into XP for a game like Chessmaster every once in a while and very quickly we moved to our KDE desktop (we waited for KDE4 to be stable and didnt jump like lemmings until it was ready) and never looked back.
    I cant remember when the last time I went to the WinXp side. A year, maybe two… dont really know why I would.
    When I got my netbook it came with Ubuntu and our laptop was quickly switched to Linux when we got it 2nd hand.
    The desktop was our only connection to the Windows world which Ive been associated since the MS-Dos days.
    And if we havent missed it in the years since then, I doubt I will now.
    I still remember finding out about free software from coworkers and the standing ont eh shoulders of giants principles of collaboration.
    I still remember coming to grasps how these new programs Firefox and Thunderbird were built. How the wondeful VLC (the end of all codecs hunting…i never looked back again after I used VLC) was being built. I remember the excitement of using Linux on a spare computer for the first time.
    I remember telling parents at school that they dont have to buy their kids Office so they could save their schoolwork in .doc format.

    Now I care not anymore for my own personal needs which are taken care off but because others shouldnt be limited whether they can use free software or not.

    Its amazing how far we have come in such a quick time. it seems like SCO was just yesterday and that Rob Enderle would always have a pulpit to spew his poisonous diatribes. times move on. New dangers, new attack vectors but always will be someone for whom free software is a problem. So while its easy to be content and happy with our progress and we should stop and do that often as well, we always hve to be vigilant.
    Which is why your writings are important, it reminds us of what is happening.

    Thanks for all your hard work.

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