Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 16:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Mark Shuttleworth: "I simply have zero interest in the crowd who wants to be different. Leet. 'Linux is supposed to be hard so it's exclusive' is just the dumbest thing that a smart person could say." He's right. Lots of interesting insights in this blog post - I may not agree with everything Ubuntu does, but at least it's doing something.
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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by skpg on Fri 8th Mar 2013 18:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
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Because of copyright and patent law it's illegal to fork windows, it's illegal to use their source code, their API, their file formats, etc. This is why there is hardly any interoperability between windows and other operating systems.

And since Microsoft standardized the desktop market, and becasue windows is closed source/proprietary it's almost impossible for any software vendor to provide the public with a windows-like operating system to the consumer.

It has nothing to do with Linux being only a hobbyist OS because there is a demand for an alternative to windows, but right now Linux is as close we get to an alternative. It's just that Microsoft has a monopoly in the desktop market, the consumer has no choice but to use windows.

If you understand Microsoft's monopoly and how they obtain their profits, you will understand how difficult for it is for any OS to take market-share from away Windows. There is a reason why windows has had 90% market-share for two decades. The fact Ubuntu is becoming more user friendly and getting more support shouldn't be laughed at. Under this IP world that puts restrictions for competing with Microsoft, like I said it's as we close as we get and hopefully over time Linux will take a substantial market-share away from windows. Of course if the government got rid of the copyright and patent laws in software right now, Microsoft's monopoly in the destkop market would be over.

Edited 2013-03-08 18:45 UTC

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