3 hours ago, AndyC wrote
Well, for one thing, every router I've owned so far (and there have been plenty) has received far fewer security updates or patches than it probably should have, given they've all been Linux variants. If Windows based routers were available and receiving a continuous stream of updates from WU, with a clearly defined support lifecycle, that would be a massive positive over the status quo.
Wouldn't that imply that Microsoft would be making the router application software as well? Most routers actually use a lot of custom software on top of a relatively stripped down kernel (which is not always Linux). Although you can almost under all circumstances replace the vendor stuff with faaaaaaar more flexible Linux distros like DD-WRT or Tomato.
Although I can see the idea maybe gaining some popularity with this $0 license fee and perhaps Microsoft investing money copying DD-WRT. But there is just something just disgusts me about the idea of Windows running on a router. Well I mean, it's one of the badass things about Linux. Yeah you see this penguin on my desk? Linux bitches. Yeah bitches, my router runs runs on that *. Toot toot, motherfucker all your Internet man? It's all packets man, running through my router. My LINUX router. Basically the * Internet you see? That's basically the same thing as Linux. YOLO #PENGUINPOWER #LINUX4LYFE.
Basically what I mean that routers (at least crappy consumer routers)? That proudly Linux's job I mean, when we high five each other for using Linux and sticking it the man, it's a common thead. (well please ignore that other weird * OS that some Linksys and maybe Netgear routers use, but it's cool though because it's still *nix kind of)! :) So why you trying to take ur jerbs and our pride, Microsoft?
So $0 on phone and tablet? That makes sense because you make money from services (Bing, etc.) as well as the app store. A lot of money too actually. But routers? Microsoft would get nothing financially from that except the right to put it into people's faces that their Windows stuff is on routers now, mostly to ruin the hopes and dreams of Linux fans everywhere. And of course objectively piss off people who make their living with embedded Linux development.
Remember that a lot of Microsoft hate comes from actions like this, they have been presented as this Borg-like entity that sucks diversity and capital from the rest of the technology sector. So if you are going to do something that is going to bring back memories of that, you ought to have a business reason to do it.
It will be interesting if it happens though. I think a lot of the threat from Silverlight and the like drove HTML5 development faster then it would have been otherwise. So it could have really positive effects.
PS: Although I do think one day, Linux/FOSS will assimilate the great assimilator (it seems to happening already!!).
I can of think of FOSS as this black hole with a great accretion disk of proprietary technology and ideas where parts of the industry circle around. Just like the event horizon, once something is FOSS it can no longer be proprietary, it's part of our common knowledge forever. So it's just sucking in matter (software/content) all the time, assimilating in into the common knowledge forever. And it grows, it becomes harder to not be part of it, as FOSS grows it sucks just a little harder. And harder. And harder. We will see that it was Linux and FOSS that was the real Borg all along. :) And shortly after FOSS has sucked in most important technology, the technological singularity will happen and humanity will be over as we know it anyways. GG guys.