24 minutes ago, ScanIAm wrote
If I could create a super accurate universe simulator, I'd love to have one of the open-source-is-all-that-matters folks run MSFT into the ground. I suspect it would take about 3 weeks.
It wouldn't cause Microsoft to die.
Assuming Microsoft is able to GPLv3 everything (including code licensed from third-parties, which just isn't going to happen in reality) then Microsoft will still remain as a company to provide 'official' service and support to Windows, Office, and other products.
Unlike soft-drinks, a program's source code is not a kind of secret recipie, most things can be re-implemented elsewhere. Reverse-engineering or access to the source code is only really necessary for interoperability. The world, at large, would not benefit from having access to Windows' source, except the baseline cost for Windows is now zero for people not requiring support.
MS would be forced to shed all non-profitable activities, such as MSR and products deemed to have little value. So they wouldn't be run into the ground, it would be more like a larger version of Red Hat or Novell. A working company, but nowhere near as grand or illustrious.