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MS loves Linux? What proof would YOU like to see of that?

Post by Esbeeb » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:38 am

Microsoft has made several gestures of goodwill towards the Linux community recently. They would like for us all to forget their past of loathing Linux, and fighting Linux tooth and nail pretty much to keep it off PCs.

What would YOU like to see Microsoft do, in order for them to prove that their new found love for Linux isn't just a sham to make money? What compatibility do they need to create to bridge the gaps to the Linux world (instead of ruthlessly creating gaps)?

Here's what I'd need to see, at least, to believe Microsoft:

All currently-supported versions of Windows (starting with Windows 10, and then working backwards to Windows 7) must fully support BTRFS (as a “first-class” filesystem, which just works “plug-and-play”), because BTRFS fully supports NTFS-style ACL’s, after all.
That is to say, when I plug in a USB stick, or external hard drive, formatted with BTRFS, Windows should open it (with full read-write access, creating no filesystem errors, allowing clean "Safe Removal"), and use ACL's in the same way as if I plugged the same thing in, NTFS-formatted.
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Post by Pjotr » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:48 am

Who cares what Microsoft does? We have something better. :mrgreen:
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Post by Moem » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:01 am

I don't care how 'Microsoft' feels about 'Linux'. But on a practical level, I would welcome anything that makes it easier and more reliable (in the case of dual boot) to install Linux-based OSes on computers that were built with Windows in mind. In other words, don't try to lock in my hardware, and don't try to monkey up people's installations if they have chosen to dual boot.
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Post by Esbeeb » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:03 am

Pjotr wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:48 am
Who cares what Microsoft does? We have something better. :mrgreen:
Microsoft can and regularly does make our lives hell (though various breakages in compatibility), so I think we need to care at least that much.

For example, Microsoft invented UEFI, then aggressively pushed all motherboard manufacturers to support it, then require it.

UEFI has been a major thorn in the side of the linux community for a long, long time. How long did it take for all the major distros to have good UEFI support? Like a decade?

Another big example: Microsoft also invented ACPI (when APM support in Linux had a far better chance of getting all sorted out cleanly), which is something that Linux distros have struggled like forever to support well (and this is still ongoing, and is far from sorted out for all the mobo types, and other related hardware, out there).
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Post by gm10 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:39 am

Esbeeb wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:38 am
What would YOU like to see Microsoft do, in order for them to prove that their new found love for Linux isn't just a sham to make money?
What nonsense is this? Microsoft is a publicly traded company, of course their goal is to make money. It has to be.

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Post by Hoser Rob » Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:50 am

Paranoid tinfoil hatted rubbish, nas ignorant as always. MS has been one of the biggest corporate contirbutors to the kernel project for YEARS. Why does Mint atttract so many conspicacy nuts???

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Post by xenopeek » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:45 pm

An interesting question. Microsoft undoubtedly only loves Linux for clouds and servers, not as a competing OS for consumer devices. So whether their love for Linux is genuine or not, it's a bit moot for us here right? I think they will be doing little of immediate use for us here.
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Post by xenopeek » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:46 pm

Hoser Rob wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:50 am
Paranoid tinfoil hatted rubbish, nas ignorant as always. MS has been one of the biggest corporate contirbutors to the kernel project for YEARS. Why does Mint atttract so many conspicacy nuts???
This is demonstrable false and untrue. Don't be boorish; check your facts and be civil.

The (roughly) yearly kernel development reports from the Linux Foundation have a chapter on who is sponsoring the work. While Microsoft made about 1% of the changes around 2012 [2], both before and after [1,3,4,5,6] they have not made it into the top 30 or warranted any mention. Microsoft's work on the Linux kernel around 2012 was almost exclusively to add kernel drivers for its Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor [7].

The top contributors are pretty much who you'd expect. Companies like Intel, Red Hat, IBM, Samsung, SUSE, Google, AMD... Not Microsoft, except for their Hyper-V driver work around 2012.

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Post by Esbeeb » Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:25 pm

xenopeek wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:46 pm
Sources:
Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor
Thanks for the highly civilized, constructive post, free of any Ad Hominem attacks.
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Post by coffee412 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:46 pm

I think M$ needs to prove its love with a sacrifice.

Get rid of UEFI.

Prove your love M$. We all know your creepy.
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Post by michael louwe » Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:13 am

Esbeeb wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:38 am
Here's what I'd need to see, at least, to believe Microsoft:
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https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page= ... ian-inXile - Microsoft Acquires Obsidian & inXile Entertainment
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Gaming on 10 November 2018

M$ does not really love Linux. M$ only loves $$$$ and herself.

M$ saves $$$$ by using free Linux for her Azure and One Drive Cloud Data-servers, as do Google, Intel, IBM, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

M$ has been doing everything in her power to prevent free Linux from displacing non-free Windows in the desktop OS market. Some OEMs have even colluded with M$ in her anti-Linux efforts, eg the proprietary Intel RST RAID-disk driver and Intel Optane RAM/memory; and from 2020 onward, all new Intel processors will only support UEFI, ie no more Legacy BIOS.

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Post by Pierre » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:15 am

in order to use that WSL - - you Still Have to Buy a Copy of their Windows System.
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Esbeeb wrote:
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:03 am
For example, Microsoft invented UEFI, then aggressively pushed all motherboard manufacturers to support it, then require it.

UEFI has been a major thorn in the side of the linux community for a long, long time. How long did it take for all the major distros to have good UEFI support? Like a decade?
That UEFI & that Secure_Boot are an example of why "MS loves Linux" - Not.
- - that's their way to Protect their Windows Product.
:twisted:

allowing it to be easier to Install an Alternative System, to their main product,
- would be one way to show Proof of an Better Community Attitude.
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Post by xenopeek » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:58 am

Let's stay on topic; the question was what would make you believe Microsoft loves Linux.
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Post by Pepi » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:40 am

What would YOU like to see Microsoft do = Where the sun don't shine

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Post by MurphCID » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:43 am

Make direct X open source, and allow it to be used by every Linux Distro out there, as well as release the complete source code for Windows 3.1/3.11/95/98. Then make MS Office available for Linux.

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Post by rambo919 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:00 am

Well if M$ behaved logically for once it would drop the hindrances to alternative OS's once it reaches the cloud platform nirvana it's currently striving for, after all since it wont be a desktop OS anymore why would it want to hinder what "used" to be it's rivals? Of course it wont though because it throw away long term logic thinking years ago.... or it's completely logical and there's another agenda we can only speculate on.

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Post by BG405 » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:23 pm

The proof I'd like to see is that they fix their updates so that they do NOT destroy Linux partitions .. and if it does happen, THEY pay for (or even provide*) forensic data recovery services, which as anyone who has looked into will know, is rather expensive.

Just my 2p worth. :wink:

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