Do you think there ever be a company that will be a direct competitor to Microsoft, on a global scale, in the Operating System department? Why or why not?
I'm not talking about MacOS, Gentoo, Linux, etc either. The average person has only heard of Windows and Mac. I'm talking about an operating system that would/could replace Windows on Windows-based machines. I'm talking about doing what Windows does (except sukkin dick), only better.
You would need to have a linux OS that is comfortable to use (qt based GUI cuz muh thumbnails ang GTK a shit) and perfect ease of use with Windows shit. But it won't happen unless MS makes their office suite open or ReactOS gets more heavy development attention.
There is no point in making an operating system that does "what windows does", at least for profit. You already excluded the other big OSes, so if you want to build an OS better than Linux, OSX or Windows (in their respective niches), and want the big makers of software to support you have a hard road ahead
Also you are building it from scratch? Because you cant base it on windows
I don't know. If it does happen, the only way a competitor could threaten them is by leveraging Wine or a similar compatibility layer. If a large company started throwing some serious money behind that, it could become a real threat to Microsoft. Companies like Canonical and Red Hat have probably avoided this for legal reasons but if someone can figure out a way to do it, it would seriously fuck them up.
Microsoft seems terrified of GNU/Linux, so I say it already has one.
It's just sad that MS still rules the preinstalled OS home market and have planted in the minds of ordinary users that Windows = The One And Only OS so that their illegal monopoly hasn't made them a pathetic footnote in history like they should have been years ago when even OS/2 was kicking the living shit out of them.
It depends on the market. Enterprise IT is an obstinate beast, it will be years before anyone comes close to challenging Window's domination in that field. For consumers? You bet. It's already kind of happening with Chrome. With the evolution of form factors and ultrabooks and tablets replacing desktops and laptops even Android and iOS are cutting in on former Windows turf.
I don't believe that clones and win32 compatability will be what trumps Microsoft in desktop OSs. I think it'll likely be a slow shift to something entirely new, slow enough so that normals won't be lost without their MS office and such. It seems that things like reactOS and WINE would just be life support for a paradigm starting to become old and crusty. There would have to be some significant thing about it, not just "it sorta runs photoshop and looks like a bootleg windows"
Yep, it's really a shame. I tried to recommend better computer courses for education and brought up linux...he stopped me there and all I heard was garbage from him.
Yeah that "entirely new" thing is smartphones and tablets, it already happened and microsoft got their ass kicked. But people still use windows anyway cause turns out there is still a market for desktop PCs and business laptops.