Why bother trying to create an open home brew environment around a closed platform?
Cost and availability of hardware? While the original platform/OS might be closed, it might be possible to root it and get raw access to the underlying hardware. With original Xbox this was super easy, since it was essentially a cheap Intel PC in a console box. There was a very lively hobbyist culture around the original Xbox with many people installing Linux on it to convert it to an affordable HTPC.
Is this the first Linux product being offered by Microsoft?
Definitely not. This might have been so in the 1990s and early 2000s. But Microsoft is nowadays a major kernel contributor and has been offering Linux as a first-class operating systemn on the Azure cloud computing platform since at least 2010.
Also, in the new version it's no longer possible to use a master password... if you want to use sync all your password will be in plaintext (well, obfuscated) in FF's password file. Any malicious or vulnerable application can get access to ALL your passwords. https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/s...
Booted to Ubuntu, it wants to install new Firefox. Okay. Here are the first impressions: TL;DR: It's terrible. The designer hipsters are now ruining Firefox, too.
1. Why are the tabs again above the URL bar? I have configured them time after time below. But this time, the option to put them back below is gone even from about:config! WTF?
2. Where has the "add-on bar" gone? Wasn't it enough that the status bar was replaced with the buggy text that shows on mouse hover?
3. Google "firefox 29 tabs below url bar", people are recommending this add-on. Thought: has Firefox really gone the way of Windows 8 where you need to install 3rd party extension (Classic Shell) to band-aid the catastrophic damage the hipster designers have done to the original product?
4. Reboot the browser after installing the extension. Spend 20+ minutes making everything as close as possible to what is what before.
5. Finally, continue working. About 2 hours in, suddenly my back/forward buttons stop working. Assume the extension is interfering with core somehow. Fortunately, rebooting the browser helps. Some time later, this happens again, need to again reboot Firefox.
6. Seriously consider switching to Google Chrome. The few reasons to use Firefox are evaporating fast.
Overall experience: 30min spent fiddling with Firefox settings. There is currently no easy way to make it like it was before. If you are running Firefox 28, I would suggest waiting a few weeks before upgrading until there is an easy and tried way to un-fuck the UI.
may end up with some lawsuits (?)
If you have ever wondered why all the popular open source licenses, like GPL, BSD and Apache, include the "warranty" and "limitation of liability" clauses, this is exactly why. The clauses usually state something like "this software is provided 'as is' and without any warranty. The user of the software assumes all risks that may arise. In no event shall the project or its contributors be liable for any damages."
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.