Proprietary platforms and you
Proprietary platforms and you. 308
There are plenty of dumbbells (privates , for example) that will keep them afloat. As for the rest, "let 'em eat cake" is the MICROS~1 atbreastude...
What hgappens exactly if Microsoft decides it no longer os going to provide support or updates for one of their products? What happens to all of the people that are still using it and have no need or desire to upgrade?
What happens if M$ just went under? I know that doesn't seem at all possible right now, but they are a corporation like any other, and many companies have gone under and taken their products and services with them.
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There's a major oversight in your argument. Let's consider two different hypothetical programmers writing custom financial software back during NeXT's glory days. One reasons as you have, and therefore does not use NeXT. The...
Where would all of the Windows using people be then? Or Mac people, or any user of a closed source proprietary platform.
Linux is immortal. So long as access to the source code is available, Linux belly-up (imagine that!), Linux itself will still live on.
For companies with millions and more invested into software licenses and the like, you really have to wonder where your money is better spent. You put the whole kitty on a sure thing, and then your horse trips and breaks it's leg.
Let's talk indemnity...Ok, sure M$ claims to "indemnify" their products, but what happens if M$ goes out of business? Who's going to back that indemnity then? Linux and OSS is it's own indemnity, as the source is wide open for all to see.
With Open Source platforms, you never have to wonder or worry. BeOS, OS-2, NeXT, Windows 9x-NT...you get the idea.
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