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Microsoft Windows 10: Great news for Linux!

September 2, 2013
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Rumors are swirling that Windows 10 will be based in the cloud; this is fantastic news for Linux! Xbit has details about what Microsoft might be planning, based on purported leaks of a Windows roadmap posted by a user called WZOR (a source of previous Microsoft leaks). As always take these kinds of rumors with a grain of salt. Still, this is quite intriguing if true.

According to several posts on forums made by the owner of Wzor web-site, a well-known blog dedicated to Microsoft’s new products and unofficial news about the company with excellent track-record, over past several weeks, Microsoft plans several major changes in the coming years. First of all, the company will cease to release service packs, but instead will offer brand-new operating systems with fixes and new improvements every year; the next major improvement is called Windows 9. Secondly, the firm will merge Windows RT and Windows Phone platforms into one hybrid operating system. Thirdly, the company will reconsider the very nature of “big” operating systems for desktops and notebooks.

More at Xbit

Hat Tip: MYSE

See Also: My Digital Life Forum Thread

A Cloud Based Version of Windows? Goodbye Windows, Hello Linux!
Given the tepid reception of Windows 8, can you imagine what the reaction will be to a cloud-based Windows 10, particularly in light of the NSA spying scandal? How many Windows users will trust their data to Microsoft’s cloud? Not many I’d guess.

Microsoft Windows 10 Cloud

Would you trust your data to Microsoft’s cloud in Windows 10?
Image Courtesy of ZDNet

This is fantastic news for Linux. The horrific touch-based interface of Windows 8 on the desktop has already gotten quite a few people to give Linux a try. Can you imagine what the reaction of some of the remaining Windows users will be to a cloud-based version of that operating system?

I see a stampede to Linux and OS X ahead for a lot of current Windows users.

Windows 10: Eyeball Control?
The bit about controlling Windows 10 with your eyeballs…is THAT going to be the “secret” Linux and OS X killer? Seriously, do any of you have an interest in controlling your computer with your eyes? I don’t, I can’t imagine a more inefficient way of using my computer.

Perhaps I’m just a luddite on that sort of thing, but if I was a Windows user it certainly wouldn’t make me stick around that platform longer. I suppose I wouldn’t mind it if I could turn it off, but I’d never use an operating system where it was forced on me.

Plus, eyeball control in Windows 10 may require the purchase of new hardware. Ugh. I can’t imagine spending money for a new computer for something like that. I know that Microsoft and PC manufacturers are desperate, given how PC sales have declined in the face of mobile devices, but I doubt a lot of people will fork over their hard earned cash for new machines for eyeball control.

The Blending of Windows Phone and Windows RT: Too Little, Too Late
I can’t skip commenting on the combining of Windows Phone and Windows RT. Duh! It looks like Microsoft finally figured out what Apple and Google already knew. It’s amazing that it took them this long to do it though, who among us believed that having different versions of mobile operating systems would actually be a good thing for Microsoft to do?

It sounds like they are smartening up, but I don’t see this having much effect on the popularity of Android or iOS. The users of both of those platforms have long since moved on from thinking about a Microsoft mobile OS. And now we have Firefox OS phones available, with Ubuntu phones on the way.

Who would switch to any kind of a mobile Windows device instead? Not many people that I can think of; heck, I can’t think of anybody I know who would do it.

Windows 10: Thank You Microsoft!
Seriously, if this is what Windows 10 is going to be then I think we all owe Microsoft a huge thank you. They’re doing Linux (and OS X too) a huge favor by desperately grabbing at the cloud as a solution for their self-inflicted woes.

It really is a mark of how badly things have gone wrong for Microsoft that this is what they’ve been reduced to over the last few years. They’ve fired their CEO, and now they are doing everything…anything…they can to try to keep their Windows franchise alive for a little while longer.

What’s your take on Windows 10 and the cloud? Tell me in the comments below. 

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8 Responses to Microsoft Windows 10: Great news for Linux!

  1. J Baker on April 2, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    Makes me laugh, on one hand microsoft are a company based on dictating what the user wants on the other hand they just continue to produce poor poor poor pieces of crap they label as OS, they are lucky to have a following of users who have no idea what it is like to have freedom nor do they seem to want to experience freedom, the company i work for is an example of this stuck on piss poor systems because the ones responsible make a shitload and therfore make microsoft as shitload of money, this hopefully will fail so badly that users can start to experience a better overall performence and not be tied into waiting 15 minutes to be able to use a computer or worse having to open up Internet Explorer whether by accident or being forced to
    Currently i have a HDD with arch installed secretly installed in my work desktop that allows me to actually get work done, cannot wait till these days are over

  2. John on March 19, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Instead of Microsoft making their new operating systems as state of the art as scientifically possible they starting with WINDOWS VISTA started injecting faddish and useless features into their os’s such as the windows 7′s “”AERO FEATURE”” (we don’t need to see our desktop through the title bar of a open window) or Windows 8′s “”METRO INTERFACE”” windows 7 is a great OS as long as you turn all the AERO garbage off, revert the task bar back to the Windows 7 version (with third party software) and enable and reposition the quicklaunch menu back to the left side of the taskbar. from Windows8 onward Misrosoft has and is planning to make multi device garbage OS’s, I wonder what the realworld non tablet non android non smartphone computer user are going to do. I hope monopolysoft goes bankrupt if they don’t get their act together soon and produce a decent laptop and desktop OS to replace Windows 7 Windows 8, 8.1, and 9 are not even close.as for windows 10 using cloud computing, computer users don’t want or need toy computers or the government butting their noses into our businesses(as long as they are law abiding) or into our private lives. Cloud computing the very concept is a joke, I am not paying for data storage on some far away server, when I have already bought and installed extra harddrives for that purpose, Cloud computing is just another way to suck more money money out of the public. and finally it’s about time to get rid of Microsoft’s Monopolizing choke hold on the computer operating system market, after all we supposedly have a free market economy.

  3. Brian on September 15, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    It would be nice to see some Formula One racing on Linux!!! And I am extremely pleased with the games that we are recieving ,the Indie games, the Shank series ,Mark Of The Ninja just now came to Linux, Capsized is an extremely addictive game! Gimp is an excellent image editor,but I am looking for “video” editing that will support my 3D camera in order to conver sbs video to anaglyph of course Blender is brilliant for animation & games!! Patience is virtue,just look at what Linux has done in the past five years!

  4. Nevyn Hira on September 4, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    Given the changing face of the Linux UI I wouldn’t be all that surprised if something along these sorts of lines happened with the Linux desktop.

  5. Anon on September 3, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Sounds to me exactly like what Google is doing with Android:

    http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/balky-carriers-and-slow-oems-step-aside-google-is-defragging-android/

    Less hassle for users. They just need to relax and let the NSA have their way with them. Trust is like sincerity: if you can fake that, you’re in. That leaves linux as the only OS that leaves users in control.

  6. Mike Frett on September 3, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Nothing pleases me more than seeing the Microsoft ship sinking. Once Microsoft is gone, we will finally see real advancements in Computing.

    • Brian on September 15, 2013 at 3:45 AM

      I think it’s unfortuneate that Microsoft chose to be controlling & abusive to not only it’s employees,but it’s customers, if they weren’t so greedy there wouldn’t be such anger or resentment from their customers,but this is thier choice!

    • lozz on April 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      Yeah, Microsoft never made a successful innovative move in their entire existence; whatever they weren’t able to buy they simply stole. It’s most gratifying to watch this gruesome organisation finally slipping into the dark night of total irrelevance. Knowing them hasn’t been a pleasant experience.



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