Can Linux learn anything from Windows 10?

In today's open source roundup: A Linux user installs Windows 10. Plus: Is the Linux server market disappearing? And a Microsoft executive hints that Windows could go open source someday

What can Windows 10 teach Linux?

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is available as a preview release. One Linux user at Network World decided to take the plunge and see if there was anything Windows 10 had to teach Linux.

Bryan Lunduke reports for Network World:

Really, I'm asking (myself) two questions here:

1. Is there anything awesome in Windows 10 that Linux can learn from?
2. Are there enough awesome things in Windows 10 that I, as a Linux user, am missing out on by not running it as my primary operating system?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Are you kidding me? I couldn't repartition that drive fast enough and re-install Linux.

...Cortana was just not fun to use. And I'm not bashing it for lack of functionality (this is still a "Technical Preview" of Windows 10, after all) or bugginess (though it was plenty buggy). My issue with this feature is that using it to do just about anything was significantly slower than using a mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen to accomplish the same tasks.

The second feature that is almost fantastic (emphasis on "almost") is the Windows Store...there's simply not a lot of software available, as it's limited to "Metro" style applications (read: not classic Windows software). This takes what could be an amazing feature and makes it rather…meh.

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Readers of Bryan Lunduke's article shared their thoughts:

Brian Mason: "I must say, its good to see people trying a new os thats in preview and then cutting it down. Hmmm..... lets try that on linux shall we? If you want to get a good feel on what a new os has .... wait for the final release. Dont judge it before its final version. Things change and improve or get removed as the case maybe."

Cipnr Korvo: "I'd say, the real problem Windows 10 poses for Linux/alt-OS users is that they have changed their policy to allow OEMs to block the BIOS so only "secure" OSs are allowed. Most Linux distros and all custom distros are considered "insecure", so once again, money-driven decisions are done in the name of "security". Depending how this goes, it might become harder to find Linux-compatible devices, and what's for sure is you won't be able to go in and buy any computer to turn it into a Linux/alt-OS machine (unless Microsoft comes back on this decision before launching Windows 10)"

P-Lord Swiz: "I applaud your bravery in doing doing the unthinkable. The age of windows is dying and linux is standing tall... microsoft knows this that's why they are offer Windows 10 for free to draw people back to the windows platform since free worked so well for google and linux distros...They are bleeding out slowing and i am kind of enjoying it."

Michael Hall: ""Metro" apps, as far as I know, are all written in .Net and use the CLR, which means that Windows can control what they can and can't do. This means that Microsoft can allow them into the store without worrying about them being malicious, because even bad actors wouldn't be capable of doing any harm outside of their own app."

Raxcental Ruthenta: "First off, this is a technical preview. So cortana is not likely to be fast yet. Speed will come later. Next, the store is meant only to be metro apps. These apps a designed for touch based pcs and tablets. If the store is supposed to be compatible for all platforms, then what would happen if you tried to download and run a standard application from the store on a windows phone or xbox one?"

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Is the Linux server market disappearing?

The Linux job market has been red hot for years now, but a writer at TechRepublic notes that this has happened while the server market has begun to disappear. Is he right about the Linux server market?

Matt Asay reports for TechRepublic:

According to a new Dice report, the Linux job market remains sizzling hot. Nearly every single hiring manager surveyed (97%) expects to hire more Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months. In fact, Linux jobs growth outpaces Linux server growth.

While IDC pegs Linux server market share at 28.5% in early 2014, a climb of 4.5% over the previous year, market share doesn't tell the whole story behind Linux jobs growth. To understand the continued rise in demand for Linux professionals, it's important to look beyond revenue-based market share.

The cloud is eating the traditional server vendor. In the future, it's very likely that we'll talk more than ever for the crushing need for Linux expertise in the job market, without there being much of a paid Linux server market to speak of.

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Linux redditors took issue with the idea of the Linux server market going away:

ClickHereForBacardi: "The server isn't disappearing. It's just being renamed "cloud infrastructure."

CaptSpify_is_Awesome: "Just like Netflix keeps claiming that they "don't have a data center". Sure they do, they just outsourced it."

Regeya: "I remember facepalming a few years ago, listening to some journalist on a well-known podcast going on about cloud computing and the limitless potential, unlimited storage and computing power, blah blah blah, and I'm thinking...dude, it's a marketing term for things like data centers. It's still limited, it's just that you're paying someone else to handle it."

D4rch0n: "Well, it's limited by your wallet alone. How much do you want to store? How much money do you have? Until you're at facebook status, or have other reasons for needing the performance of real server hardware, you can pretty much base your entire business's infrastructure around something like AWS."

Toaster13: "Cloud" is also about 10x more expensive than doing it yourself. Most aws instance types cost you, in a few months, what equivalent hardware would cost you outright. Once you need a dozen full time systems of any appreciable size you're just throwing money away."

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