For someone using a Linux computer and majoring in Unix at school, switching to Bill Gates’ Windows 10 could be an eye-opening experience. Gates and his team at Microsoft finally got it right. And come to think about it, it was a 40-year odyssey. Microsoft was born on April 4, 1975, according to Tech First Post.
What Bill Gates started doing before he stumbled upon the Holy Grail that is Windows 10 was to try to take a different path from the dominant computer operating system of the late 1970s. Unix was basically developed from the ground up by geniuses and scientists from the top universities and American think-tanks. But for some weird reason (or was it a calculated risk), Gates would decide to venture on his own by setting up his own company that would give birth to Microsoft DOS or MS DOS.
The road would be definitely rocky for anyone to pioneer with a new OS, but for Bill it would also turn out to be a very profitable experience. Also, by reinventing the wheel, he grew and matured with the company. Through the years, or precisely the pre-Windows-10 era, he would end up as the world’s richest man every now and then.
Gates would also stimulate an inventive spark in young geniuses who were just struggling out on their own, as he did in the diaper years of Windows. Many of these technophiles would carve out empires of their own. Like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Bill would also get caught with his hand in the cookie jar. For Zuckerberg, the Waterloo was allegedly copying the germ of the social networking idea from a bunch of rich hunks at Harvard University.
For Bill, it was allegedly copying the graphical user interface (GUI) of the Lisa, one of Apple’s earliest OS incarnations. Of course, in any copycat situation, the burden is always on the legal side to prove if copying did in fact take place. Hence, the issue remains controversial to this day, even though a settlement was made long before Apple CEO Steve Jobs passed away. Ultimately, the judge is the people who use the systems; only they can decide whether one OS was actually pirated from another.
Amid all the controversies and the soaring profits, Windows lives on, and in the present time, it is the hegemony of Windows 10, which has been backed up by even the most security-conscious, if not security-paranoid, establishments like the Pentagon or the CIA. Asking if it was a trip worth taking, what with all the struggles, discoveries, controversies, and profits that went with it, would be sounding like a broken record.
No more questions of that nature for Bill, suffice it to say that he chose to do it his way, while the late Steve Jobs decided to incorporate Unix into the Mac. Of course, it only made the Apple OS more stable, because it was rather like riding on a big wave. Gates, in comparison, decided to create his own waves, and then ride them, too.
Perhaps the better question to ask is, who was the braver person, the one who took all the risks and ventured on his own or was it the man who decided to stand on a solid pedestal known in general as Unix. Of course, the latter would make significant modifications to fit the existing foundation into modern-day needs and wants. But by riding on an already solid platform and just making a few changes here and there, there would be less headaches along the way. As the famous saying goes, if it ain’t broke, why fix it?
But hey, that will mean less profits, too. Just consider how much money Microsoft makes when there is a major software upgrade, say from Windows 8 to Windows 10. Also, consider how the title “Bill Gates: Richest Man in the World” comes up in Forbes magazine when for example, Windows XP was no longer being supported by Microsoft technical support, as announced by Microsoft itself.
It was a long time coming, but now that Windows has its own reliable and built-in Firewall called Windows Defender, and its own bankable anti-virus program, it is so easy to make a decision to revisit Windows, the 10th time around. Unix, Linux, Ubuntu, and their cohorts will always remain free and open systems, shared around the world at no charge, save for voluntary donations here and there. Of course, all these multifarious OS incarnations have their own firewall applications. Most, however, do not carry anti-virus programs.
The simple reason is, there is no need to kill or deter the viruses, such systems just don’t catch these malicious electronic creatures like Windows does. Black Hat hackers, script kiddies, and crackers tend to train their guns on Bill Gates and company. In the final analysis, it’s all good, as Microsoft will come up with what’s next after Windows 10, the next upgrade or patches here and there, anyway, and along with it, the profits will continue to soar.