I’ve been hearing for several years that Microsoft is trying to move away from the Desktop OS. I loved Vista – have the Ultimate Vista license and three Vista Home Premium licenses sitting in a box. Never had any problems with Vista, i.e. never a problem after wiping an OEM install and doing a clean install. Never had a problem installing it on a new build. Vista may have given OEM’s problems, but I never had a problem once I removed the OEM’s install. Talk about customizing an OS – what OS besides Vista can you set *EACH* folder and/or Window to a certain size – AND – set its location and then that folder and/or Window will always open at that set size and that set location. Microsoft did away with that option when they introduced WIN 7. Hell, folders and/or Windows open all over the place now, and they only open in one size (generally). Linux is as bad, and I have given up on ever being able to set folder size and location again.
Then Microsoft introduced WIN 8 – hands down one of the worse OSes ever. Microsoft finally gave up on trying to force users to move to WIN 8 by trying to force them into 8.1. I started doing a lot of Linux testing back then, trying to find one that would work on my systems … and that was also around the time I finally found a wireless USB adapter that would work with Linux – it worked with Ubuntu at first, and then other distros later. I did give WIN 10 a try, but converted back to WIN 7 since I didn’t like WIN 10 at first either. Sometime later, I purchased a Windows 10 Home license for testing. Didn’t like it at all and barely used it until version 1803 came out, and version 1809 was even better.
WIN 7 came out in 2009, and WIN 8 came out three years later, in 2012. Apparently those earlier moves from a highly customizable Vista OS to a lighter WIN 7, and then to a useless WIN 8 OS were signs that Microsoft wanted to move away from the Desktop. Figured that I needed to find a new Desktop OS for my computers in case Microsoft stopped making OSes. Hey, who knows!? So I had Ubuntu Linux installed – and fully working – on at least one computer between roughly 2010 and 2013. I also started using Puppy Linux at the same time…probably on a CD or DVD. Other distros would not work on my computers back then…maybe one would work on one computer, but only Ubuntu and Puppy worked on all my computers, at that time. Still, WIN 7 worked better for me, but I was prepared to use Linux when and if WIN 7 became obsolete.
Then sometimes in May of 2018, WIN 10’s version 1803 came out, and I was impressed, but not impressed enough to stop using WIN 7. When version 1809 came out – around November of 2018 – I started moving to WIN 10 slowly at first until fulltime a few months ago. Still, the rumors of Microsoft moving away from the Desktop grew louder, and then word that Linux had come out with some great Distros. I tried a bunch of them and was impressed that all but one (DOS Arch) installed easily, and all ‘Live’ DVD versions worked on all my computers. Was excited enough about these new Distros that I started this blog, and built a new computer for testing Linux.
SNIP … Microsoft is getting ready to replace Windows 10 with the Microsoft Managed Desktop. This will be a “desktop-as-a-service” (DaaS) offering. Instead of owning Windows, you’ll “rent” it by the month.
Yep, renting it out like they try to do MS Office now. I’ve got a copy of Office 2000-2(??) that I don’t use anymore, but have an active MS Student/Home(?) Office 2007 that included three licenses (all in use now). Hey Microsoft – I don’t rent nothing!
SNIP … I’m hearing this Microsoft Managed Desktop is, basically, the Microsoft version of “desktop as a service.” It will provide customers the ability to lease a Windows 10 device that’s automatically provisioned for them and have the operating system kept up-to-date and more for a single monthly fee, my contacts say.
Think DaaS – “desktop as a service.” Red Hat, Fedora, SUSE’s openSUSE, and Canonical’s Ubuntu have their main focus on:
snip … ‘servers, containers, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT). That’s, after all, is where the money is’ … snip … ‘Another major player in setting the tone of the Linux desktop are the smaller Linux communities. These include Linux Mint, Manjaro Linux, MX Linux, elementary OS, and Solus. They’re all doing good work, but they’re also running on a shoestring basis.’
Yep, Linux users need to start helping these “smaller Linux communities” more, or we’ll all end up renting our Desktop “as a service.” I’ve settled on Linux Mint Cinnamon, and will buy “Tina” Mint when it comes out.
Windows users – it’s a good time to start learning Linux, before you start having to make a monthly payment to Microsoft for your “desktop as a service.” Get Linux Mint with the Cinnamon Desktop and/or checkout other Distros that have either the Cinnamon or KDE Plasma Desktops – start preparing now, IMHO.