[quotemsg=21240883,0,149725][quotemsg=21240808,0,1791309][quotemsg=21238483,0,490471]I really dislike when people assume there is no support other than community support for Linux. Free versions of Linux, yes you'll be reaching out to the community. But Red Hat Enterprise has support if not better than Windows. Also if you have an issue on Windows you're going to some form of community support, either its Office support, Steam support, Nvidia support, they're all 'community' forums and I'll tell you right now that Microsoft doesn't have the best support staff either. I don't know anyone that has called Microsoft Support for a Windows 7,8,10 issue relating to Steam/Nvidia/etc as its not their product to support. The vast majority of Windows users reach out to a community forum of a sort or google it..its funny same thing happens for Linux users. Now only if Microsoft made free OS's like Linux does.[/quotemsg]
Don't forget SLES (SUSE). Their Enterprise products, relied on by many large scale compute grids, has changed parent ownership a few times, but has nonetheless always offered outstanding product support. Not to mention a willingness to make modifications and enhancements as a direct result of specific customer requests (try and get that with Microsoft).
Actually a ton of the features and changes for Windows 10 are typically thanks to the Insider Program. And on the Enterprise end, its very different. Microsoft does work closely with its partners. Otherwise they wouldn't keep them very long. Its why Windows XP is still supported for some companies and not the mainstream, as in Microsoft will write updates for those companies for XP.
[quotemsg=21240840,0,47340]Going for convenience has cost people a lot more privacy than they realize. As far as I know, Linux distros don't report my shopping habits to advertisers, ask to analyze every web site I visit, or otherwise invite third parties to stick their noses in my business. For a variety of reasons, I'm a stickler for staying legal, but that hasn't prevented any number of law-abiding citizens like me from having their lives screwed up by some self-important parasite or armed thug anyway, perhaps "just because they can;" so, I prefer to keep my personal details on a need-to-know basis.[/quotemsg]
The problem is though with anything popular it eventually becomes like the others. Remember Google when it launched? Unlike the big search engines and offering such a different way to find stuff. Now they like everyone else sell data.
If Linux ever got that big, Microsoft big, in the consumer sphere it would eventually do the exact same thing. All it takes is one greedy bastard to start it and the others will see the money and say "Yes, more please".[/quotemsg]
Have to disagree with you there...RedHat or other Corporate Linux Distros would, as you say, almost certainly sell out their customers if they could make a buck, but unlike with Microsoft's proprietary owned code, other Linux Distros would NOT, and because a viable Linux alternative would be available, it would put pressure on RedHat to NOT engage in bad behavior so readily.
In fact, that's why owning RedHat stock hasn't made any typical investors rich (though I see the stock HAS been on a bit of a tear recently after being a total dog for nearly a decade).