Kendall wrote:If Microsoft disappeared, I believe you'd see a lot more migration to desktop Linux than to Apple based on cost alone
Well, they would have again the choice? If Microsoft disappeared, we like it or not, it would be also a choice which disappeared... Common users *would* use Mac OS or Linux by force. This would be not a good thing, even to promote Linux.
Kendall, you talk about smartphones and tablets? Let me digress for a moment. As a skeptical and pessimistic by nature (and by experience: I believe not in progress, but in human regress, and this has nothing to do with technological progress), I fear that the OS field might eventually reach the status we're now seeing in the smartphones field:
1. everyone curses his or her smartphone, no matter the make and model, for various design flaws, hardware or software (always software too);
2. what happens is that newer smartphones models are issued (updating the firmware for existing/old models is discouraged in this consumerist society), with different design or implementation flaws (including software issues);
3. now curses his or her smartphone, just a different model.
Sticking to maturity and stability is generally a sign of stagnation, not a sign of progress. However, nowadays everything is incredibly complex as compared to, say, 50 years ago. At the same time, no matter what we believe, our capabilities of dealing with complex situations, and the procedures of managing such processes are not satisfactory enough. Through complexity, we've reached a level of fragility unforeseen before. And that includes software. When I'm looking at the hundreds of thousands of bug reports at an upstream project (KDE, GNOME) or distros like *buntu, Fedora, EL, I cannot but jump to the conclusion that the whole process is out of control, and the bug-fixing (or even bug triaging) is nothing else but a lottery.
K.I.S.S. ===> "Keep It Simple, Stupid"
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." (Leonardo da Vinci)
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." (Albert Einstein)