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[Video] Microsoft Without a So-called 'Common Carrier' (Windows Monoculture)

posted by Roy Schestowitz on Dec 07, 2023

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Windows Has Fallen
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Preview for Windows Has Fallen

TODAY'S second video hopefully reminds readers that a lot has changed over the past 20 years. Long gone are the "Windows XP" days. Many people carry functional computers inside their pockets and not even 1% of those runs Windows (apparently 0% in China).

Times have changed, but those devices in people's pockets don't respect freedom and not even basic dignity, including privacy. Yes, many run Linux, but the users aren't aware of it and that "Linux" is wrapped up in a ton of spyware, so plenty of work remains to be done over the coming decade (more on that in our next video).

The principal point of this current video is that, according to statCounter at least, GNU/Linux surged to nearly 4% of desktops/laptops and Microsoft now gives Vista 10 licences for as little as 28 US dollars. It cannot compete with GNU/Linux like it did back in 2006 via Vista (charging hundreds of dollars for some "editions" of Vista).

I honestly dislike over-relying on statCounter, but many other metrics and surveys went extinct, except perhaps W3Schools. It too puts GNU/Linux at 4% of the market. GNU/Linux performance is far better than Windows' even for games (drivers improved a lot, both for graphics and peripherals), so one cannot call a freedom-respecting operating system user merely principled but non-pragmatic. It's perfectly rational and practical to abandon Windows already.

Speaking of W3Schools, the "Open Web" seems to be dying fast and Mozilla probably won't last much longer.

"I am personally unaware of any serious reason to believe that Firefox’s numbers will improve soon. Indeed, for the web as a whole, they’ve been declining consistently for years," Bryce Wray wrote a week ago regarding Firefox, citing statCounter as a reference (statCounter's numbers are derived from Web statistics from 3 million sites, according to the company). Wray is a Web person, so if he deems statCounter worth citing, then it's probably not pure nonsense in his assessment.

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