" (and companies like Apple and Google use to great commercial advantage). "
Is Apple's OS open source? How about Google?
Why do you ask when you already know the answer? Oh yeah, to be condescending, that's why.
I believe he was saying that Apple's OS is built on an open source OS (with a proprietary kernel), and that Google is using tens of thousands of Linux machines without a single penny paid to any vendor thanks to open source.
I am all for this Monad thing. I'm a little ashamed to say this, but I'm a recovering Unix addict. Between about 10 years ago and 6 months ago I was STAUNCH anti-Microsoft, but after finally deciding to gather evidence and prove that all MS technologies
were inferior to free Unix-based alternative, what I actually found was that there was no evidence for that. Not a substantial amount, anyway. Apache's plugin system beat IIS's hands down, but that's going to change with IIS 7, etc. All I found were little
things like that. Unix shells beat cmd.exe easily, is another example, and we all know that's changing because of Monad.
Monad is where shells need to go: deep OS penetration, object orientation, and easy extensibility. Everything you can do in Windows (with regards to System Administration, at least) should have a programmatic paradigm where everything can be done without a
gui. As Jeffrey mentioned, he doesn't know what's happening when he changes settings in the control panel; why? There is no real reason that you can't automate the changing of system settings due to situation X instead of turning to the control panel.
Monad will make that possible and I'm 100% ready for it to come out of beta.