What if microsoft was no more?

Upon reading about the recent microsoft layoffs as mentioned in THIS post it got me thinking.

What if microsoft went belly up today, what if for some unforseen reason the beast dies? What would happen? Would apple immediately take control? Would there then be a viable market for GNU/Linux in the homes accross the world?

Aside from the obvious economic avalanche that im sure will come from a major billion dollar fortune 500 company and all those who depend on it (both personally and as a business) will bring, what would happen?

It won’t happen that way. It won’t collapse overnight. It will simply decline in importance. Remember that in the past some companies like IBM were the gorillas of the field.

Something similar is also happening to the traditional media, e.g. print and broadcast. They are all feeling the effects of the Internet.

And if in the future some game changing technology (who knows what, if you did for sure, you’d make a fortune) appears, then the giants of today are not safe. That’s the history of progress.

On Sat, 10 Jul 2010 01:26:02 +0000, Tatsujin79 wrote:

> What if microsoft went belly up today

Given that their consulting arm alone is about 19,000 people, if that
happened today, I’d be more concerned for the US economy than for who
would be second banana.

Jim


Jim Henderson
openSUSE Forums Administrator

Personally, I could very well be out of a job. The institution I work at has a heavy dependence on MS and if we lost them, it would have a rippling effect that I hate to think about. Ironically, this was going through my mind this morning when I answered an email from a person ranting about the tie-in of our email interface (Outlook Web Access) to Internet Explorer.

Be careful what you might wish for… :wink:

Like has been previously said, this situation is quite ridiculous and unrealistic. However…just for discussion’s sake, I’d be quite annoyed. I’ve been a Microsoft person almost all my computing life, save for about 4 years of Apple long ago and 2 months of openSUSE just now. I’d probably switch to Apple becasue of its stability and elegance. I’ve had some bad experiences with Linux.

You would base your decision on two months, after allowing years of time and frustration for Windows? I’m not sure what experiences you’ve had, but give it a little more than that.

I’m sorry, but in answer to your first question - yes. For me, Windows generally, just works, and I imagine Apple to be similar. I’ve had quite a few troubles with Linux. Sure, when you get used to the way Linux does stuff, I"m sure it’s fine. But I just don’t have the time, will or motivation to persevere with Linux. Windows is what works for me. Linux hasn’t. Each to their own.

I use windows for translation and lot of other things that are not possible on Linux as yet. If by chance I get to use systran or similar in Linux I will kick windows out.

Hi
I package up this for an openSUSE user;
http://www.omegat.org/en/omegat.html


Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 (x86_64) Kernel 2.6.32.13-0.4-default
up 1 day 5:37, 2 users, load average: 0.03, 0.06, 0.01
GPU GeForce 8600 GTS Silent - Driver Version: 256.35

I agree with you 100%, but I hope your not short-shifting Linux.

Thanks Malcolm!

hehe…no comment :smiley:

diddy29 wrote:
> For me, Windows
> generally, just works, … Windows is what works for me.

use what works for you!

thanks for trying openSUSE…

i just read though your posting history here and seems you prefer to
ask questions rather than read documentation…perhaps you would have
more joy if you used a distribution with more like-Win features and
built in training wheels (and less need to read how to safely operate
the machinery), i believe there are several whose goal is to shield
the user from the system or a need to read: Linspire is probably the
leader in that…though i saw reference to a “YLMF” just a few days
ago, see:

http://www.ylmf.org/en/index.html
http://www.osxzz.com/soft/downcopy.asp?id=2596

and, there is always the ever popular *buntu…any of those might be
better, for you…


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DenverD
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As I said, I’m giving Linux the flick. End of story. Sorry.

diddy29 wrote:
> As I said, I’m giving Linux the flick. End of story. Sorry.

no need to say sorry…

if you are not up to learning how to administer your own system then
Linux is not for you…as i said earlier: use what works for you…

i’ve been using what works for me without any MS or Apple products
since 1995…so, i welcome you to use what works for you also…

but, i don’t go to either MS or Apple fora to ask for help without
referencing documentation and then disrespect the system or folks
there when i fail to achieve satisfaction…

you might consider the same courtesy as you thank those here who
tried to help you though your quest to operate an industrial
strength system by trial-and-error and asking instead of reading…

Linux is not for everyone…


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DenverD
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Do not discourage people by saying Linux is not for everyone. Windows have 1000s of bugs but are generally hidden, people do a reinstall in most cases. Windows are best fit for those who just want internet to work. Without unix windows are big nothing.

@DenverD and @avenuemax:

Linux is for everyone by any means. Let this be clear once and for all.

Most software is not, it’s for those who can afford it, and the obligatory payments for additions.

avenuemax wrote:
> Do not discourage people by saying Linux is not for everyone.

but Windows is not for everyone…
Apple/Mac is not for everyone…
Oracle is not for everyone…
Sony PlayStation is not for everyone…
etc etc etc

for crying out loud: not even chocolate is for everyone…

why should we pretend that Linux is?

i’d guess out of an average 1000 computer users no more than two or
three hundred have the language, reasoning, patience and cognitive
skills sufficient (or necessary) to master any Linux distro (or
Windows for that matter!)


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Not everyone is the same. In my opinion let us not discourage the new users, that will be a great service to *nix.