Re: If I may ask this
Wouldn't this logically imply that Microsoft is pro socialism?
Originally Posted by Silvertones
I do not think it fair to use economic theories or systems, both socialism  and capitalism  are economic systems, to compare the closed source proprietary and free open source software development models.
One example of that is the software company headquarted in Raleigh, North Carolina named RedHat . They produce, among other things, RedHat Enterprise Linux and sponsor the Fedora project. Over the last five years their stock price has increased 131.6% . Certainly that is a successful capitalist venture based on open source technology. Canonical, Inc.  is another example but being a privately held company we do not have access to their financials. While Canonical sponsors Ubuntu, a free open source project, they choose to be closed on the details of their financial situation. At least I couldn't google up any details.
I started using Linux in the late '90's initially because I could find so much information on how things worked. Now I find the unix philosophy of computing superior to Microsoft's more monolithic approach.
To me to own a computer that I could not safely connect to the internet would make that machine virtually useless; but that's just me.
I use Linux on one of my lappies for Internet only. I think Linux is best suited for this. Much more secure. My other lappy is XP for eveything else. It never goes on the Internet and has no antimalware programs installed and it runs great. It's the antimalware stuff that's really screwing up MS but it's their own fault.
--that's carpenter, not the nasty fish...