Today I read a very well written text that addressed this curious subject, after so many years that Microsoft saw Linux as a competitor, lately the way the company works with the system completely different, but perhaps what calls more Our attention to how companies and even "The Linux Foundation" face it.
The text and the reflections were made by the site. Datamation and raise some interesting points as well as some numbers as well. In addition to showing some of what they wrote, I want to put my personal opinion (not necessarily of all the people who work at Diolinux) on the subject.
But for some people, no matter what the company does, never be enough, never be "without a second intention," Microsoft remains the enemy, and apparently it doesn't make so much sense to the Linux Foundation and other companies that currently work with Linux.
The text of Datamation makes an analysis precisely in this aspect. Linux users no longer need to see Microsoft as a "vile", they say, simply because it is a company like any other company that uses Linux to develop their projects, except that it is one of the largest and richest companies, Not only in the technology world, but in the world at large.
I'll go a little deeper into this subject. I find it perfectly natural for those who wear the open source t-shirt more rigorously, even quickly in some cases, not to go much for Microsoft, just for the history with proprietary software and market maneuvers to make people to be loyal, especially to Windows and Office, but I put myself outside that group.
You won't see me shouting "GNU! GNU! GNU!" or anything like that. Do you know why?
Simply because I can't hate Microsoft. I can't hate anyone to tell the truth. I don't think it's a breakthrough company, but it's certainly one of the technology's big popularizers, if it were up to Apple for example, not everyone would have a home computer that easily, at least as the story shows us.
I want to invite you to make a reflection and more than obvious that you at the you need to agree with me, you You don't have to think like me, you just need to think about …
People's behavior follows certain patterns
Psychologically speaking, every time we enter a group in which we identify, it is natural to look for statements or "facts" that reinforce our position, indicating that we are correct in that we are there.
Imagine someone who found themselves fond of a punk band and goes to hangouts and hang out with people who have the same taste (nothing more natural, really?) And who have things in common (preferably many). This is a generic example, but maybe (who knows?) There is a possibility that you might feel that way about Linux.
Once you have started using the system and getting involved in "community affairs", the likelihood that you will search for texts, videos and content in general that reaffirm that you are in the "right place" and that others are wrong (this also applies to the fight between districts), or at least they are not As certain as you, very big. Don't feel bad about it, this is a common behavioral effect that we prostrate ourselves every day without realizing just about all our opinions about everything. But once you have the science of this kind of thing, it is up to you to do something to combat, for doing so by any aspect of knowledge will turn a blind eye to everyone else. If you do not look at the other options the way you look at it, in an open way, giving yourself the right to change your mind if necessary, you run the risk of selective knowledge.
Hardly you now that someone who loves punk will spend time of your life listening to a different rhythm that you "know" is bad, like Jazz for example. And how do you know how bad it is? Why not punk! Of course it's bad, or at least not so good. A lot of people think that way.
Do you know anyone who does this?
This kind of thing happens in a virtually unconscious way, natural to humans. When you least realize most of the things that appear on your Facebook are things related to Linux and how cool it is, your favorite sites are sites that talk about it and endorse the "cause" and you end up in a "bubble". "where you end up with the impression that everyone around you (or most of you at least) use / know / like Linux, causing it to gain a ratio that doesn't exist exactly if we can look at Big Picture."
If you want to see how the effect of selective information ends up ruling our lives, swap "Linux" for any other subject you really enjoy, it could be political opinion, soccer team, religion, economics, music. My friend … the long list. Take the test.
It is ideal for you to build an opinion using one of the problems of the scientific method. If you like something very much and believe it is the right way to look at things, look for something totally opposite and with convincing arguments to the contrary. After that you will further reinforce your ideal or you will discover what usually reality, two people may have completely different opinions and yet not be completely wrong. The so-called false dichotomy bankruptcy happens a lot in Brazil in many different fields.
All right, where do I want to go with all this?
Well, there are two things I know that are able to bring people together quickly:
1 – Tastes and goals in common.
2 – Enemies in common (or some or something to fight against).
And look, I think having enemies in common is a binding factor often even stronger than common tastes and goals. only you stop to think about the saying "enemy of my enemy my friend". In the Linux world it would be like this with several quotes !!! "We will all fight Microsoft and after it is over we will kill each other to determine which distribution is best, but as it is taking a long time to finish Microsoft we will kill ourselves a little here to see which distribution is best because life is otherwise very montona. "
It turns out that the enemy For many people in the world Linux has always been Microsoft, and now that Microsoft looks like much more of a Google of life, blending closed technologies with open ones in their business, these people are confused, because the feeling of revulsion as a company doesn't make so much more sense anymore. But taking it from them almost takes away one of the senses of life that have been put into use for years!
I already said several times: I don't like the idea of having enemies. I'm sure a lot of people won't go home with me in this Linux world, maybe because I don't defend their causes as many would like me to, but some being my enemy doesn't mean that my reciprocity is true and of the same intensity, very much. on the contrary. How far does having an enemy fight in this way make sense?
Certainly, having a goal, a place to reach, as it were, is quite a motivational factor, but between us, I don't like that idea very much, no. At least not in this way.
At Datamation they make an interesting finding relating to how Open Source companies are; Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE embraced Microsoft with a party air. Making an association with Microsoft is almost a seal of quality.
A partnership with Google would have the same effect, but maybe because it wasn't Microsoft, some Linux users and SL advocates wouldn't be so outraged, would they? Stop to think. If instead of Ubuntu on Windows were Ubuntu on Mac the noise would be less, you can be sure.
As Datamation notes, Microsoft has annual revenues very close to $ 100 billion and more than 100,000 employees around the world, the largest open source company in the world with Red Hat, which has revenues of 2 billion in average (and growing) and about 8,000 employees, a big company without a doubt, but nothing close to Microsoft.
Canonical and SUSE are not publicly traded yet, although this is being considered by the Ubuntu developerBut the amount of staff is barely a thousand people each.
Sometimes it's good to take a look at these numbers to get a real proportion of things. But I don't see it as "littleness" for distros like Ubuntu, Red Hat and SUSE, I look at these numbers and see how much these systems have been able to advance without all the capital that the "Redmond Giant" has, these 3 systems. and its derivatives dominate virtually all of our technology except desktops. like that mosquito in the eye that makes some car crash.
Being associated with Microsoft opens a gap for these long-term companies, where brands get stronger. The truth is that outside of the world of Linux and IT professionals, there are few people who have ever heard of Canonical, SUSE and Red Hat, and any advertising that makes these brands reach the valid consumer audience.
The curious thing when we are part of this world of people who are more involved with technology, especially with Linux, we forget that proportion. But let me remind you that the LARGER AND CRUSHER Part of the people who use the computer in the world do not care about any of this, they just want to achieve their goals through the computer, the computer is the tool, not the goal. Think about it every time you think compiling something is a good solution for ordinary users.
In my opinion, taking Microsoft as an enemy of Linux or Free Software is useless, doesn't solve the "problem" and doesn't even give a direction where Stallman followers need to go, it's simply a way of concentrating the accumulated dismay on a company that never be hit simply by philosophy. This is not to say that philosophy must not exist, but it does mean that for truth to change it is necessary to be strategic, action is necessary, one must give up freedom (in terms of software) in everything to gain ground and advance to a point where This will not make so much difference since it is natural.
My goal with the Diolinux blog and the channel to talk about technology of all kinds, I've been much more "radical" in this matter of being against Microsoft, but over time I really found my goal in life, and in , he doesn't hate anyone or anything.
I look around and see people who need technology to make their lives easier and modus operandi The open source movement can bring some clear advantages to anyone who is going to use it, but far from me saying it is the best solution for everyone. I'm not everyone, I don't know everyone, much less everyone's way of thinking, how can I tell anyone that there is a right way of looking at a particular subject? I think this is not true for Linux.
Show things that make your daily life easier, regardless of the license, system or condition I care about most. I want you to be happy to use your computer and the things around you.
Ah! And I would like to quote Belchior, if you ask me:
"My delight is the experience with real things."
"Face the illusion of your tactic … …Nthe view of macrostria all war equal
The sight of the microscope is the peep of the trivial … … Do you understand me? "
For me, Microsoft is just like any other company that aims to make a profit and use its best at a given moment in history to find a balance that naturally changes over time with one side or the other with For the purpose of continuing to grow economically and still helping people, you may disagree with the methods, but remember that on the side of your "enemy" there are always people who are also well-meaning and think they are doing their best to change the world, not In the midst of over 100,000 employees, there will certainly be several like that, and you know, they may disagree with you, but maybe they are not wrong, and neither are you! Each doing their part to make the world better in some way.
A musical ending to a post huh! That was a long time since it happened, music often explains something that we take many words to explain. Want to change the world? Start with you.