What's your excuse now? Linux is kill.
Microsoft already has agreements in place to share the source for Windows, that's how the 2000 source code leaked.
The only real game changer would be if it goes full FOSS like they did with .NET.
Even if it is open-sourced, it won't suddenly become a better platform for development and tinkering.
This might change a few years down the line after geeks have started taken steps to make it more geek-compatible (assuming the license allows anyone to modify Windows), but Linux won't be going anywhere soon.
>So many companies—so many Microsoft customers—are now relying on open source code. And that means Microsoft must embrace it too.
>Microsoft must embrace it too.
I would really love to see XP open sourced. XP is a great OS and with it open source people can continue security updates and etc and create forks of it. Obviously M$ isn't going to do this because muh profit
>what is support
>what is enteprise
>what are ads
>what is office
>what is azure
Licensing, too. Opensource =! free. Options to spend time perusing source code and writing critiques to send to Microsoft does not mean that they will not come after you for changing, compiling, modifying, burning, and installing modified and unmodified versions of their software.
Even if they go 'open source' I highly doubt it will be free, ever. That just would not work for their business model, manufacturers could get one copy and clone it too all the new computers without explicit permission, if Microsoft charges the company extra, they go to the store and by one for retail price. Individuals could copy and change as they choose without being charged for it.
Obviously you haven't used a clean install of XP. remove all your adware and whatever the fuck else you had running in the background on your 256mb PC and it is the fastest Windows OS yet
>Open Source Means More Than Free
Shut the fuck up.
I clean installed and fully updated that piece of shit multiple times using the recovery dvd and not a random injected iso on my core2duo-2GB Ram laptop back then, and what eventually saved me was turning it fucking Hackintosh. Zero problems for a whole year, imagine that. Win XP is the worst OS I've ever used and I've tried Vista and Lubuntu.
Then windows 7 was decent.
Fuck XP. Fuck you losers, fuck this "WinXP was great" meme.
Of course it's "possible," the source exists, after all.
They'll never do it though. Aside from that, guess what would happen if it DID? You think people would just go to Windows because it doesn't cost anything? Fuck no. They'd use the source to add all the software and hardware compatibility to Linux that it never got natively. Linux would be able to load your Windows drivers and run your Windows applications flawlessly. Probably faster than they did on full Windows. It would usher in the year of the Linux Desktop without fail.
>Linux is kill.
Desktop GNU/Linux still only has 1.5% market share.
You cannot kill that which has no life.