A little bit of history - bear with me......cutting quite a bit of history out here but you will get the point!
In the good old days (pre PC) there were mainframes, these mainly ran prorietory OS, you choose the manufacturer and the OS to suit your application.
It's where the saying "no one ever got sacked for buying IBM" came from, because you could choose a wacky OS... but the sensible Pre-Geeks bought IBM.
In the late 1970's the Digital Computer Company made Unix the front runner with its VAX/VMS Hardware/OS combination. This was further enhanced by the addition of Floating Point Accelerators (FPA).
Then came the PC, with Bill's hijacked OS, MS-DOS.....and the world went PC crazy.
Gradually over time PC's became the dominant partner, but reliability was crap.
MS-DOS was eventually reliable (and is still used in embedded products) but "Windows" - Bill's attempt at short circuiting Apple, was a nightmare.
Years and years of Windows were released until XP.....finally a reliable Windows....
...and guess what. XP is driven by the old VMS team - yes, its got a UNIX base - you won't get MS admitting it, but its true.
And now? Now we have Vista, built by the MS Alpha Team (not the XP guys)... and its not as good as XP? Possibly? But which team is writing Windows 7?
You guessed it.......and why is it being pushed forward by two years?
So, soon the argument is going to be pointless, the world is going to have a UNIX base, Linux/Windows you choose but underneath its UNIX.
OS-X is based on NextStep. A BSD Unix distribution based on a Mach microkernel. NextStep dates from around 1988, yes OS X is over 20 years old!
All versions of OS-X have been BSD Unix and AFAIK POSIX complient. With OS X 10.5 (Leopard) the OS was finally officially certified as a BSD Unix operating system.
I disagree. There is going to be a place for Windows for a long time yet, and even then the OS market is going to be unrecognisable in any case.
All true....but ultimately!
Its the smart young ladies and gentlemen in today's schools that will decide what and how "computers" are used....Windows on Linux, Linux on Windows?
It will be the processing power that makes it all happen.
And my money on the world in 10 years time will be.....opensource; and maybe not as we know it today. Something somewhere just now emerging is likely to be the winner, not what we have today.
I remember when IBM were so dominant that MS pales into insignificance by comparison...they made one wrong move and poof, ask any teenager if they have heard of IBM - they proved to me that it all moves so fast in computing you just cannot recapture what you lost.
Ten bob with anyone! (Thats 50p to most of you).
A lots got to happen for Windows to disappear. OpenOffice is making very strong in-roads. OS X is catching the publics imagination. And both KDE and Gnome are bring *nix to a point were it is a serious alternative on the Desktop.
But M$ have two very important markets sown up. The cooperate and the hard-core gamer. Linux and VMWare are starting to push M$ in the server room but not on the desktop. And M$ is fighting back hard with Hyper-V and unlimited VM's in Windows Datacenter.
If M$ or Sony can convince the hard core gamer to leave the PC and move to console land, if Apple can continue to convert the light home PC user (the word and internet only crowd), if OpenOffice can continue to improve M$ Office compatibility or Cloud computing can provide a viable web based alternative, then possibly Windows may become a fading memory.
I hope to $(deity) it's not KDE4... 4.1, perhaps, just not 4. *begs*
Heh... "I really like its flicky action"
It's all well and good showing mr and mrs average KDE4 and letting them believe its Win7. But when they get it home and can't install there printer, broadband or favourite game - the OP's mouse problem starts to pale into insignificance.
(I worked at Digital at the time on the first 11/780).
Windows is just a GUI after all, the kernal is the important part and that is the point I am trying to make. The success of NT changed the face of MS, successfully and for the better and became the basis of (at last) a stable MS product.
VMS undoubtably came from a UNIX(like) stable and so the genes can be traced right back. Irrespective of the name of the OS; most OS originally came from a strong core of programmers in the US and I might add the UK.
There is no accident in the MS team also including former Bell Labs employees (or did).
It's a tenuous link I admit but its there one I like to throw in whenever I hear arguments about Linux and MS. At the end of the day is end user usability, peer pressure and marketing that got us where we are today.
Strange thing is that there is a version of Linux working on an original 1979 Vax 11/780 right now.
And if you ever get the chance to work on Embedded XP you will immediately see how the structure of XP is similar to Unix and the methodology of 'C'.
I can also tell you that MS did make a foray into Linux would you believe? Why not, the core is free and anyone can use it - it made commercial sense apart from one thing, marketing. They then tried to get Linux blocked by throwing money at SCO - who claimed ownership of key parts (and still do).
Now the question is where are we going? It might finally be the credit crunch that starts the opensource wheel rolling properly.
And watch IBM.....there is life in the old blue yet! They have some old scores to settle......oh, and a big wallet and a relationship with Sun.
IBM - Collaboration solutions - United States
(No I don't work for IBM).
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