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Here are some possible turning points:
- The US government succeeds in anti-trust action against MS. Certain other world governments take action of their own.
You realize that case was a long time ago and a lot of the behavior I was discussing happened after that.
- Several strong competitors emerge who dominate in related areas of phones, tablets, cloud, search, social media, etc. Which leads us to:
- The market changes where the dominance in desktop OS is no longer the dominant factor in computing
I'll admit, that's reason for them to do something desperate. Having competition again does not imply Microsoft has become trustworthy.
- New leadership takes the reins at MS
... for the second time.
- MS begins to open-source their software, not because they suddenly received a vision from the Prophet Richard Stallman, but because they recognize that the old model of "embrace and extend" simply doesn't work anymore.
You are assuming a reason and an intent. That is where I am lead to believe differently than you.
If that's not enough, what is?
Microsoft spent decades working hard to earn the reputation they have. And I have to accent that. They earned their reputation. For a start, how about one decade of reasonable decent behavior without dirty secrets of back stabling coming to light in that time. Maybe one decade for 3+ is too much to ask?
at one point
There's your answer right there. Maybe things have changed.
I hear you. And I've been hearing people just like you for over a decade. "But now things are different." "Microsoft have changed."
The best indicator of future behavior is past behavior. The appearance of "capitulation" is a documented part of Microsoft's playbook. Usually it takes a few years, but history shows that each time they give the half-hearted appearance of opening up and being more civil to the Open Source Community you find they were doing something far more underhanded at the same time behind the scenes.
That not to say that Microsoft could never change. If I were gambling with my heart, sure I'd like to believe they have changed this time. If I were gambling with my wallet
And the "grab your recovery media" part is starting to worry me. No we bring up the binary logs. The format of the binary logs are not specified and may change with different versions. It was even sold as a 'security' feature.
So this means that if you want to read the logs on from your unbootable system from the recovery media, what ever you use as a recovery media better have the exact same build of systemd log tools or you aren't guarantied to be able to read them.
If nothing else, it's rather sad that Seth Rogen and James Franco are able to have a bigger impact on North Korea than sanctions and every diplomat and US president since the end of the Korean War.
This sounds like Nobel Peace Prize buzz to me.
It's been given for less.
Devices now own us. I miss the days when I had control over my devices.
I don't have all the neat devices everyone else buys, but I own the ones I buy. I blame people like you for making it more difficult.