XP, perhaps the "people's" Operating system will be abandoned on April 8th

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Mar 28 2014 22:41
XP, perhaps the "people's" Operating system will be abandoned on April 8th

For me, communism has three important benefits:
* guaranteed work
* population-size control (China's, one child / family)
* no property protection, esp intellectual property

The last ideal, I believe, has been a strong influence in the free software, or open source, movement, which seeks to remove intellectual controls from computers, not to mention the economic strangle-holds of information giants including the worst, telecom. The free s/w movement has, in my opinion, been the strongest driving force in technology (through webservers, browsers, mp3 distribution, etc) with the sole exception of the transistor. They needs us a lot more than we need them.

Therefore, I am self-surprised that I am actually advocating for the continued life of an proprietary product, let alone a Microsoft product. But truth be told, XP is still on aprox. 1/3 of computers, and is said to be on them because the owner/users love XP, the "only true windows experience."

Given it's popularity by the people, with a possible slant towards those of lower income, I am advocating the "liberation" of XP so that the free s/w, or "open source" community can supply security fixes. (Given the "hack" nature of the community, it is exceedingly good at this.

How could/would this be done?

Firstly, since this s/w fits a specific category, "abandon ware" that is to say it is orphaned, plus. Liberalization of intellectual property (IP) laws preventing prosecution of those who "reverse engineer" machine code of abandoned IP. (This would probably not be necessary as we live in such a "leaky" society!) Possession would also have to be liberalized to prevent similar prosecution.

As it happens, reverse-engineering abandoned s/w is already legal under library laws (according to the Wikipedia), but I suspect uber-powerful Microsoft could squash that in a nanosecond.

One might suggest that XP users should be using Linux, the best-known free operating system. Linux cannot be described as a "people's choice" by a long shot. First off, a good deal of knowledge is assumed for its use, and, more important, the Linux community can only be described as anti-social, especially to "nubies," or beginners. Anyone typing "wrong think" is instantly a "troll." Android is a linux variant, but not Linux, that is to say not POSIX (Unix-complaint --terms used loosely).

The long-term for "people's computing" I believe is in the L4 microkernel operating system, which was free until a certain point in the mid-2000s. It is used only in a very expensive intelligence agency specific cell phone, but appears in nearly every cell phone as a telecom control sub-operating system.

Technically,every operating system (except linux, and hence android) is a microkernel, or, correctly, a hybridized microkernel, which creates flexibility. (Linux is a monolith, and therefore inflexible and useful mostly as a supercomputer component or a web, or other, server.)

The greatest advantage of a microkernel is in its flexibility so that components can be easily switched out (using "glueware"), which suggests its popularity. Unfortunately neither Microsoft nor Apple microkernels, called executives, are useful (for both proprietary and "glue" reasons) but both their "driver" architectures are, especially their "hot-pluggable" abilities. Drivers are, at the end of the day, the most important feature of a real-world computer.

Activism, however is what is needed, and programmers truly suck at that, perhaps why I no longer attempt to make a living in tech.

Learn--get the headache--and act! Richard Stallman is the guru of computing freedom, and a great source. I believe that he is well-influenced by communist/socialist ideas (but perhaps less-so by anarchy!)

I ran a youth-oriented computer group based on Linux in the early 2000s that survived as an advocacy blog as the members graduated high school. It was purely constructivist as I only facilitated what I modeled as a small software firm. We had weekly lectures including controversial security topics: standing-room only lectures given by high school students to professions. Today, the blog advocates L4 to replace Linux.

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Mar 28 2014 21:38
johnbessa wrote:
For me, communism has three important benefits:
* guaranteed work
* population control (in China, one child / family)

What an appealing vision of society.

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Mar 28 2014 21:41

1. Abolish work.
2. Overpopulation is a myth.
3. Windows lost me at Vista.

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Mar 28 2014 22:37

Wait, is this libcom or stacom.org?

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Mar 28 2014 22:43
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Windows lost me at Vista

you don't print

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Mar 28 2014 23:10

wat

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Mar 29 2014 12:08

Why is this not in the bin yet?

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Mar 29 2014 14:42
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Why is this not in the bin yet?

eventually you will give up: behavior extinction

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