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Windows edging ever closer to becoming a proprietary Linux distro?
the azure bro at work claims Windows will eventually be a modular OS. Not sure what tier of license he's referring to though.

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If 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
It's possible, but it requires amenable authority. There are various entities in the tech world (in many countries) which demonstrate what you can get away with if you have enough money/influence where needed.

It's not likely, though.


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It's possible, but it requires amenable authority. There are various entities in the tech world (in many countries) which demonstrate what you can get away with if you have enough money/influence where needed.

It's not likely, though.
Considering Red Hat's relationship with the CIA goes very deep (some even claim it was set up by the CIA), M$py lack the funds and power to force anyone to do anything.

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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.

This is a completely false statement and you would have to be a real biased fool to make it. Infact, this is not just a completely false statement, but also a totally ridiculous one. Anyone can easily reason that there is no way any OS has 99.9% if the market and to say that is just... very stupid.

Even if you added up the market share of all the OSes that aren't windows, it wouldn't even be 70% of the market because in reality Windows makes up about 36% of the market.

When people make statements so easily disproved by simple reasoning that anyone can do themselves, it makes me feel like I am talking to a child, and yet I might get an infraction for using the word stupid when really it applies here.

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This is a completely false statement and you would have to be a real biased fool to make it. Infact, this is not just a completely false statement, but also a totally ridiculous one. Anyone can easily reason that there is no way any OS has 99.9% if the market and to say that is just... very stupid.

Even if you added up the market share of all the OSes that aren't windows, it wouldn't even be 70% of the market because in reality Windows makes up about 36% of the market.

When people make statements so easily disproved by simple reasoning that anyone can do themselves, it makes me feel like I am talking to a child, and yet I might get an infraction for using the word stupid when really it applies here.
I can't wait for you to show which of the hundreds of millions of routers, switches, fridges, TV's, cars, camera's, not to mention billions of phones, etc. run Windows but don't let reality get in the way of your ad hominem attack, it certain gives credence to your argument.

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No doubt. People are going to try to hack it either way though, so might as well try to get something out of it.
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These prize programs are a good way of getting cheap labor. Get 1,000 people spending 100k hours on this and they'll likely pay out less than 250k in bounties, basically 2.5$/hour of work.
People will do it just for the "fun" of trying to break it.

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At least there might be money in this

Insiders do crap for free so I'm surprised ms is offering anything when you have people like this around

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I think its ironic Verge is reporting this. They should hire that kid who hacked up the PC build video to hack the OS. Maybe he can use a hacksaw or something.

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