Instead I got more reasons to despair for the future. The problem is that the Author is mistakenly delighted about Microsoft’s intention to abandon desktop Windows, and instead rent consumers a cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service. Basically, if you want a fully functional Windows Deskto, you will soon need to pay a recurring subscription fee for it. The Author thinks that this will encourage more people to install Linux. In this respect, he is probably right - but the question he fails to address is whether this will be as possible in the future. Because I see two major reasons why Microsoft’s plan means that future is foreclosed:
Most people who use Linux buy a computer with Windows pre-installed and install Linux on it. But if devices are shipped without Windows pre-installed on a device, then why would the OEM bother including a SSD? If the computer has minimal onboard storage, that means no traditional desktop OS (Linux or otherwise) will work on it. Of course you can probably add an external hard drive, but that creates its own impracticalities.
If the PC is supposed to boot into a cloud instance, then there probably will be difficult-to-circumvent (at least for non-technical people) security preventing a user from booting into a local disk.
I believe that OEMs will still produce laptops with SSDs, but they will be targeted at an increasingly niche market (with a price point to reflect this). 90% of laptops produced will be Chromebook-like machines enticing price sensitive consumers with low hardware costs in what is ultimately a false economy. I predict that over a 3 year period, consumers will pay more for a Windows license than they would for a higher spec machine. Assuming widespread adoption by students and others, eventually the only way Linux will be able to compete with Windows will be by developing a cloud alternative. Given the well-founded general disdain for corporatism by Linux users, I don’t see this as realistic in the medium term. This isn’t a question of the technology not being there, but rather that it would the Linux community to unite around one platform and funding model.
I suppose this is good reason to be thankful that we have our own Linux OEMs like Tuxedo, System76 and Star Labs. They may be our last bulwark against this corporatist dystopia.
Edit: apologies for posting in bug reports by accident.
I’d say the only freedom based future in a long-term would be open-source hardware like RISC-V…
It will surely cost a fortune and will be less performant, but it’s something reasonable to be invested in.
First time when full open-source hardware system will be available:
We’re good to go, because it means that it can be repeatable in the future.
Of course i’d assume that all technologies to produce this stuff will be controlled since we’re living in a , but regardless having knowledge and open-source hardware gives freedom a chance.
It is not M$ (only). I believe I read some time ago that at “some thinkers organization” they discussed something like changing how the daily “economic” life will be.
The main point was nobody owns anything, everything will be provided as a service you pay for.
Instead of owning a car, you rent a car or use Uber or something.
Instead of buying a home, furniture… you rent it.
Instead of buying clothes, you rent it.
Instead of buying a laptop you rent it.
It was like planning that no body should be “owning” anything. People should be “renting” everything.
Many “excuses” or explanations were given.
But for me, still remains a question, I will be renting everything… OK, from whom? From an owner!
That’s the point - it legitimises increasing levels of capital accumulation by foreclosing ownership to the majority of people. As seen in many places across America and Europe - a vanishingly small number of people can own a home unless they inherit it (and even then, in many cases the G-man wants a cut via inheritance taxes).
I’ve been a middle of the road liberal my whole life but honestly this shit is making me go full anarchist. I don’t mind collective ownership if I have a genuine voice in how shit is run, and I’m interfacing directly with people with no algorithm designed by Lizard people censoring my views. The way things are going at the moment, we’re going to get all the negatives of Bolshevik State Capitalism and none of the positives.
Just thinking. This way, there will be no pirated windoze CDs, so people allover the world using pirated windoze, will convert to Linux!
Anyway, there will still be processors, RAMs, SSD, (they still need servers at least) … and people could still build laptops to run Linux.
I just had a look at DistroWatch, it says “ It has a Windows-like graphical user interface and many programs similar to those found in Windows. Zorin OS also comes with an application that lets users run many Windows programs.”
So, I do not get the point!
Why would I care running windoze apps…