Linux Foundation calls for 'respect for Microsoft'

Linux needs to recognise Microsoft's leadership in some areas to better itself, Jim Zemlin, executive director for the Linux Foundation told delegates at the Linuxworld tradeshow in San Fransisco. As Linux has become a mainstream operating system, it is exiting the first stage of its life. The second stage requires a different strategy form the first one, said the Linux promotor.

Open source vendors have to recognise that Windows is here to stay and that together with Microsoft it will form a duopoly in the market for operating systems. This also requires that the Linux community respects Microsoft rather than ridicule it. "There are some things that Windows does pretty well," Zemlin said. Microsoft for instance has excelled in marketing the operating system, and has a good track record in fending off competition.

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It's likely that this "duopoly" will occur, and it's a step in the right direction - those of us who are Linux users cannot troll/flame Windows if Linux is to ever make it any further than a "Third-Party OS." Just let Windows be Windows and let Linux be Linux. Besides, Linux has a huge open community of developers compared with Windows - that is to say that there will it will only be but so far that Microsoft can take Windows, while Linux will stay alive as long as hackers, programmers and developers allow it to stay alive, and since Linux is fun for us, I see it living on especially for those of us born in the 80s. Microsoft has already entered other markets and they can discontinue the Windows venture at their whim (imagine a 2012 press conference, "Next year, we will discontinue support for the Windows series of operating systems," lolz).

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A Windows-Linux market duopoly? I don't think so, especially since Mac OS X has been in the #2 spot for years and their systems have been surging in popularity over the past two years. And besides, they are not going to be making Linux versions of major applications such as Microsoft Office (yeah, I know there's OpenOffice, but it's still considered to be crude in comparison) and Adobe Creative Suite anytime soon.

Webgraph said,
A Windows-Linux market duopoly? I don't think so, especially since Mac OS X has been in the #2 spot for years and their systems have been surging in popularity over the past two years. And besides, they are not going to be making Linux versions of major applications such as Microsoft Office (yeah, I know there's OpenOffice, but it's still considered to be crude in comparison) and Adobe Creative Suite anytime soon.
You are limiting your thinking to desktops only. There are other markets, such as consumer electronics, servers, and super-computing.

I think that most of the leaders in the Linux (and other Open Source) community have acknowledged Microsoft's strengths in marketing and fending off the competition, with the latter often being a point of contention when methods were perceived as anti-competitive to the point of possibly being illegal.

It's always been the anonymous lunatics posting on slashdot (and the handful of trolls here and other forums) that exhibit the rabid anti-Microsoft blind rage, and post garbage.

C_Guy said,
Hopefully those "lunatics" start getting the message.
There will always be anti-Microsoft, anti-Apple, anti-Linux, anti-Sony, anti-AMD, anti-whatever people spouting hate.

I don't mind "fanboys". Nothing wrong with supporting platforms you like. It is the people that spout the hate that we could all do without.

It's a bit harsh to suggest that MS's only strengths are marketing and competition fending (even if those are there more infamous ones).

C_Guy said,
Hopefully those "lunatics" start getting the message.

Same goes for any fanboy really. But it's sad that Microsoft actually has to pay to spread anti-Linux propaganda, and lobby the government for deals, the Linux zealots do it out of genuine conviction. I dunno, I guess that's just "business"?