agreed - MS has a huge compitor now.. did i say - HUGE
so - without going for more capitalist/communist analogies, what does MS do?
- well for one they raise the bar
( longhorn - love it or hate it will do this)
This alone should make OSS a non-issue for yet another 2-3 years on Desktop.
- They embrace TRUST
..no not trusted computing.. or whatever the buzzword is this week - MS will - or MUST - learn to be humble and small in communications
NO more smary office websites full of lies and happy office drones and "catchy" headlines
FIRE YOUR MARKETING COMPANIES
( go team comercials...akk! your fired! all of you!)
MS needs to - again - look to companies like Google - for perception and fuzziness
To summarize: Microsoft needs to turn its DISADVANTAGES into ADVANTAGES.
It really quite simple..
Continue building the most great OS the world has ever seen, dont burden it with ( WE OWN YOU LICENING ACTIVATION) andand Linux will be toast
Throw out 80% of the source code while your at it - for free bug fixes
MICROSOFT: YOU NEED TO ACT - BE HUMBLE - WE DONT WANT A CHAOTIC MARKETPLACE OR TO HAVE TO USE LINUX
pull back on activation and drm....for NOW..
PS - could you not also make a windows uodate style online compiler? so you release what ever source you can - and developers can compile it using some evil online thing