Operating systems. The best and the worst invention of mankind. Everyone has one on their computer, their server, their watch, their phone and even on their fridge. They are everywhere and so important.
We all know that, your gaming PC runs Windows, your phone runs iOS or Android and your workstation and server runs on Linux. But why does all of this not matter?
Because you are the user and have to decide what’s good for you. If you think Windows is your cup of tea, go for it; if you think Linux or even macOS is your cup of tea, go for it. There is no limit, but you will eventually get to the problem where one operating system doesn’t serve all purposes. What will you do then? Change the operating system and start from scratch?
Even if you just have to compile something firing up a Docker container is as easy as a breeze and most end-users don’t even care what’s on their machines as long as they can get their daily work done.
The bigger problem is that especially Microsoft dominated the desktop operating system market since decades and we see user count slowly declining. Why is that?
Microsoft can’t simply keep up with the ever-changing IT industry. It will take years, even decades for them to clean up all the legacy code and make Windows great again. The same for every other company which embraces proprietary technology. Free software can keep up with the speed of change since everyone can just use it how they want and make changes as they see fit. In Microsoft-land you can’t just patch in some code and make it work, you have to be an employee at Microsoft and hopefully get your idea through the company until it reaches testing. Most good ideas at Microsoft died this way. If they kept their promises they made in their Longhorn concept ad in 2003 we would have an operating system that would be decades ahead of any other operating system in the world.
I don’t know why everyone is butthurt in their own weird way. Maybe it’s good or bad, but we have to break ties with big tech. Not because it’s just bad, but because they haven’t been innovative for years and not the OEMs are the reasons why the desktop market is shrinking, it’s Microsoft who can’t simply keep up with the latest trends to this day.