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Linux: Will Windows Eventually Submit?

By Dick Weisinger

The battle’s not over yet, and Linux may prevail. It’s been 30 years since Linux Torvalds first introduced Linux.

People have long built PC which dual boot into either Windows or Linux. And Wine lets users run Windows apps on Linux. But now there are rumors that Microsoft may redesign Windows to use a Linux core. This isn’t the Ubuntu with UI designed to be a look-alike with Windows. We’re talking about a real Windows release based on Linux. But then, they’re just rumors.

Despite the fact that Windows 10 runs on more than 800 million devices worldwide, Window’s importance to Microsoft is diminishing. Since 2014, when Satya Nadella take over as CEO at Microsoft, Microsoft began to embrace Linux. There are already more Linux servers on Azure cloud than Windows servers.

It wouldn’t be the first time. Microsoft shocked some, and that likely included Google, when they decided to dump their homebrew Edge browser in favor of Google’s open-source Chrome engine. Why not do the same with Windows?

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Jamie Sergeant wrote for Medium that “consumer versions of Windows have been using the Windows NT kernel since Windows 2000, and those underpinnings have been steadily upgraded with new features to what we see today. With 20 years of upgrades and maintenance, Windows has become quite bloated and notoriously hard to work with under the hood. It’s become harder and harder for Microsoft to keep Windows stable and optimise performance. What makes things worse is Windows maintains compatibility with all other versions of Windows. This means that technologies that are 30 years old can still be found in the ‘Modern’ OS. A move to a new kernel could help Microsoft streamline their operating system, and help the platform become competitive for the next 20 years.”

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