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Time's a' Wastin'

When I woke up this morning and started checking the news feeds for stuff to link to, I noticed a high degree of "Bill Gates' last day" stories out on the wires.

Curiously, a number of them speculated on the eventual health of Microsoft; the implication being that without Gates, Microsoft will implode. Sure. I vented on Twitter that Ballmer's been functionally behind the wheel for years anyway, so what does it matter?

That's the same argument I will give to those who will speculate that Gates' departure could be a positive effect on open source, as those in the company who are friendly towards open source will have more leeway to make a difference on the corporation's stance.

See Ballmer comment above. Gates may have set the overall strategy for open source policy (so imfamously revealed in his letter to hobbyists, but whatever else you think of him, Ballmer's no sock puppet. He really does not like open source.

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There goes another Mehcro$haft FUDpucker...

Oy veh, there's nothing like seeing a managing editor of a Linux E-zine throwing the Linux Community under the bus in favor of the collective gluteus MAXimus of Redmond to make you want to check out the porcelain and lose your lunch *winces*... Dude stays flapping that yap and talking that ol' BullS***... He has no clue that Linux is indeed expanding to the masses, slowly, but steadily. The exploding market of green machines, such as the EEE netbook and the Atom CPU mobos for Mini-ITX micromachines, is the ideal sector for those Linux Distros. Meh-cro$haft has its market share attacked on both ends... Linux is growing on the low end ultra-portables for the masses, and Apple is hitting hard on the high end market. Oh well, as Dreadmond ratchets that jaw and their fanbois make sure that nose stays brown, they are letting their Bloatware deteriorate to the point that FOSS apps will be the superior versions. Combine this with the distros and engines becoming easier to use with each release, and while more people want to kick M$ to the curb, Linux will be a viable option to these ex-patriots. Just look at Mozilla... They were the Phoenix rising from the ashes of Netscape, and in a few short years, they snagged almost 20% market share. Not bad for an Open Source organization Big Grin OK, I'll cruise off of this soap box for now.
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The more I find out about Micro$haft Winblows, the more I like Linux. Go Open-Source, and use the money you save on licensing to build a Linux machine for a needy family!

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