I've found Microsoft's acquisitions and activities in open-source projects rather disturbing. On one hand it makes me feel like they are somehow tainting a pure & precious resource, diluting the 'free' & 'open' part of Open-source and Free-software to the point of being meaningless. I have no doubt that this foray in to the community is driven by their corporate greed and other purely ill intent. On the other hand, they're certainly not the first corporation to get involved in the community with questionable motives (I'm looking at you Google, but you're not the only one either). They are, arguably, coming in to the community with the biggest potential to make big and fundamental changes to things - and while my gut says this is bad, my head says to think it through more before making a definitive judgement.
That said, is it possibly that in doing all of this that Microsoft will end up as the one to be assimilated by open-source, rather than the other way around? At the least, could Microsoft, in trying to take control of the open-source community, actually loose control of their own monopolistic tyranny of the computing hardware world? What I mean is that, if the OS that comes on virtually every new PC becomes synonymous with OSS, could it actually increase the visibility of the cause that is software freedom, and garner even greater public opinion appeal for the community? Possibly making it more common to install alternative operating systems, making it more appealing for corporations to open-source software and drivers, etc. Open-source no longer requires one be a technically inclined person - my parents and kids use Linux with no more effort or tech knowledge than Windows requires. So maybe a huge boost in exposure to open-source is all we need to cause an explosion of widespread public acceptance! If so, it would likely allow more folks to become aware of the Libre and other philosophies associated with software freedom as well!
This all in turn leads us to Libre government and a truly democratic open-source society where every human has a real voice and.... okay, I'm getting carried away, haha, but seriously - could this turn out to be a good thing? I'm not in any way prepared to believe that Microsoft has intentions of it working out this way, but I'm just asking... could it?
I realize the whole scenario is a stretch of the imagination (not just my last sarcastic bit), and it relies on Microsoft not being all that lucid in their plans to assert domination over the OS community. It also doesn't address the damage they may/may not be doing to the Linux kernel by porting things like sysinternals, and by getting their hands in other GNU/Linux related projects, and broader open-source projects. But if history has taught us anything, it's that M$ is short sighted and not all that unlikely to loose focus on long-term plans.
Would love to hear some opinions and other ideas on this from others!
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Today we flashed another two #laptops with #coreboot in our #workshop at @daslabor during our spring(); break; event. 👩🏻💻 For the first time we had a non-Thinkpad device: a HP #EliteBook 2570p. There were still #blobs for the EC to be extracted though. Thanks to all participants!
We're getting closer to #opensource #firmware. 🙂
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Not only is the Librem 5 a fairly bad ass and fully Libre device, but it runs full-on GNU/Linux OS (not a watered down distro), and my understanding is that it’s capable of running any GNU/Linux distro built for ARM![l]
Librem 5 – Purism
Here it is connected to a 4K display with BT headset, mouse and keyboard:
I hope they will offer a model with more than three gigs of ram and larger storage, for users who want to make better use of the full desktop potential! As it is though, it’s a very capable device with killer specs for a phone of it’s size and price. I’d love to see it be a huge success and inspire other companies to make hardware like this!
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