Could Microsoft be en route to dumping Windows in favor of Linux?
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Microsoft Linux is the next evolution of the Microsoft desktop operating system, argues Jack Wallen. He explains why this would be a win-win for Microsoft, IT pros, users, and the Linux community.

I won’t be holding my breath for it to happen, but who knows?

Dreeg Ocedam
812d

Windows is more or less dying because Microsoft wasn’t able to get a foot in the smartphone business. Desktop and laptops sales are falling and MS is reorienting itself to do business services (Cloud hosting etc…) and for that they need to support Linux. That’s why they created WSL and became member of the Linux foundation. I absolutely do not see Microsoft dumping Windows on the desktop before the desktop dies.

The year of Linux Desktop will never come because the Desktop will die too fast. Ironically Linux won the Smartphone market with Android, but in the saddest way possible.

Yes, I too hate using real computers and prefer novelty Google toys.

Dreeg Ocedam
111d

I hate smartphones too, they’re not smart, they’re much dumber that most computers. But the trend is here. Today, there is more web traffic coming from mobile phones worldwide than PC.

If apple is working so hard to unify their laptop with their Ipad it’s for a good reason. Desktop computer are already more or less a professional tool.

It just seems so strange to me that people would choose toy phones over real machines, but then again I actually do work on my computer and also gaming. Most people just check Facebook.

Well, gaming is seeing some transition into cloud as well. Of course hardcore gamers will never accept it but “people [who] just check Facebook” might be OK with Stadia/Lunia/GeForce Now

@avalos
412d

EEE: embrace, extend and extinguish.

Microsoft could select from any number of desktops for its official flavor: GNOME, KDE, Pantheon, Xfce, Mint, Cinnamon… the list goes on and on.

I do not think they would do this, if they were going to switch they would create their own environment, it would probably also use directX and other MS technologies to make it incompatable with linux in a similar way to chromeOS and android and linux. @Micalet@dev.lemmy.ml said it really well.

blue_penquin
513d

Maybe it’s just me but I don’t see such a possibility in the ‘near’ future at least for the average joe version of Windows.

@ArtilectZed
creator
113d

It would require a lot of work, but I’ve hoped Windows would go this way for a long time.

@Micalet
312d

I would do it for ARM where the slower NT kernel is more noticeable. And with their video subsystem, not Xwindows, not wayland, with directx, something like Apple did with FreeBSD kernel.

And I will not call this new MS OS windows, just “MS mobile” or similar.

Having fast enough ARM tablets and phones, then, go for the Xbox portable similar to the nintendo switch format, but adding to it the capabilitie of being a pocket computer and a phone, as well, with WiFi6 or 5G play streamed and not only one device, cheap is good, make 3 tiers, minimum, medium, enthusiast. For gaming and SOHO + casual gaming markets.

Done that hybrids laptops, with some x86 models, and of course allowing desktop x86 to install it, having 2 OSs as they have now practically with the ARM one but with a convergence horizon.

@matiaslavik
413d

It would certainly be nice if that happened 😀 But I’m not holding my breath either.

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