Interesting article - and keep in mind I have no idea what I'm talking about. . . but I wonder . . . so much is really left up to speculation. I think I read somewhere that M$ and RED HAT are in a "relationship" or was it Conical. So would M$ go the way of RHEL, Ubuntu?
What I really dread is making linux a huge target surface - if, whatever the the number is . . . 9x% of desktops that are now Windows transition to linux then that is where the preponderance of attacks (read malware, rookits etc.) will be. We in the linux desktop world live a charmed life - it's like living in my rural NC county rather than the Helmend Province of Afghanistan - we have a rather peaceful existence. The other thing that I find hard to believe is, is that M$ would just plop say Ubuntu OEM style on whatever rigs Dell etc are selling without;
1) it being proprietary with it's own flavor - they are not going to provide thousands of DEVs to Conical or RH at no cost. M$ Open Source provided for free . . . . not feeling it.
2) the M$ version of linux will still have to be a huge one size fits all bloated OS to replace all the systems in the M$ desktop population they serve now. With all the update BS and tons of security vulnerabilities. Heck, I am on Bodhi because I think most of the Ubuntu flavors are too bloated. I can only imagine what all would come with a M$ flavor of Ubuntu.
Also I find it hard to believe M$ would be willing to have all the "stuff" that only runs on Windows, at least very well, run on all linux platforms. I know a ton of folks who won't come over to linux because they have to run some Windows application that either won't run on linux or if it does not very well. M$ is not going to let that change. And driver availability . . . I don't see M$ wanting that to be fixed so they no longer benefit - Yeah Nvidia make drivers available that run well on linux not just on Windows linux - again I just don't see it because it means giving up a captured buyer base i.e. $$$$.
The real move would be M$ evolving to a cloud software company and leaving the desktop (and server ? ? ? ?) business to linux - and I just can't fathom that happening.
And oh . . . did I mention I have no idea what I am talking about.
It would be interesting indeed. I started messing around with Linux purely out of curiosity. A free operating system, and one obviously superior to windows! I still love trying out new distros. Now, as to windows, I would be long gone from it if I wasn't one of those people who absolutely need it for one thing. that one thing is music creation. I run Windows 7 Pro on my music rig, because my Cakewalk software won't run on anything else. Same for the music libraries I use. and while there are good Linux options for those doing rock or popular music, I do classical. I have to use libraries that only run on Windows or Mac. and I won't spend two or three times the money just to have a Mac. I plan to run W7 until I die. I use Malwarebytes Pro on it, and keep it offline by default.
I can see the sense of what Wallen says. windows 8 and 10 are so bad that it must grate on even the software developers who created them. They might jump at the chance to develop a windows version of Linux. Or Linux version of windows. or whatever it would be called.
I might then be able to run my music software on a Linux computer, which is a dream I have resigned myself will not come true, at least in my lifetime. We will get to Mars before that happens. Unless this article is correct. Of course, M$ may prove themselves capable of @$^*ing up even Linux, so don't get your hopes up.
Same re music software. Linux has some good native music applications, but as far as industry standard stuff it’s Mac or Windows. Though things do appear to be going down a FOSS route lately in windows land. They actually contribute quite a bit to the kernel.
I doubt it. They are trying to gain market share by adding a Linux subsystem but they are still doing the same old thing as usual. Seen the new web browser they are forcing on Windows 10 users? Forced updates too. Time will tell but they seem out of it the past few years with no direction.