Originally Posted by Paradigm Shifter
What was it? "Embrace, extend, extinguish"?
Well, depending on point of view we're either at step 1 or step 2.
Only in their wildest fantasies can they extinguish Linux. See my point below as to why they can't and will never be able to.
Originally Posted by UltraMega
Of Microsoft did ever decide to make a main stream is based on Linux.. that would probably be the only way Linux would ever become a main stream desktop OS. That would be kinda neat but if Linux were the dominant OS it likely would stop being the most secure one. Those things are kind of opposites in a lot of ways. The more mainstream the OS, the more attackers will target it.
Linux is already the dominant OS, servers, mainframes, routers, phones, the plague called IoT all run Linux. Linux has a 99.9% market share and it's still far more secure than Windows.
Originally Posted by skupples
the azure bro at work claims Windows will eventually be a modular OS. Not sure what tier of license he's referring to though.
This has always been their dream: to charge a license for absolutely every single part of the OS, from DX, to mouse, keyboard, screen, internet, etc.
Want to access the internet? No problem, will cost this much. Want mouse and keyboard support? Pay this much extra. Want to see what's going on on your screen rather than imagine it? This is the cost. Hopefully Windows will become as irrelevant on the desktop as it is in all other markets.