Indeed, control is the goal, I was just drawing a "possible world".
I could be wrong, but with the less than enthusiastic reception of Vista, the growing popularity of Linux, and the recent FUD campaign from MS, I have a feeling things are shifting ... I don't know what things will look like in 5 years, but I think they'll be different. It's interesting to explore possibilities.
Is really amazing, they do crappy os, but in bussisnes strategy, they are like a chessmaster. I wish they could use their intelligence for something else.
That's so true! People have accepted so much of the crappiness without thinking of it critically. Just take security ... I can't believe that windows is as insecure and prone to being cracked as it must be from what I read. It's crazy: running a million security apps, anti-this, anti-that, and even afraid to click a link unless you have yet another app to check the link for you: to make sure you won't be infected just by visiting a website. It was bad when I switched in 2005; it's insane now.
Perhaps there's a growing realisation of that, and that realisation is part of the equation behind the FUD/patent deals from MS on the one hand, and the attempts by others like Sun to cash in on FLOSS. I hope there's a lot more to Sun's pro-GPL talk than there is to the MS FUD.