I love what the ReactOS guys are doing but the OS is years away from being usable.
I peruse the commit logs from time to time and they seem to have around 10 devs. You can't make much measurable progress with those numbers of people on a task the size of cloning Windows.
To get a Windows clone good enough to be a daily driver would require tens if not hundreds of devs.
Yes, Android also does it and it's also wrong.
What I'd like every OS to have is an option of turning off all gathering of data for money making purposes (i.e. paying the OS with your data) and to pay instead with money. You know, like Windows used to be.
I'm not sure if that should be legally required (I'm not sure either if I want governments putting their noses so deep in everything) but it would be nice.
I agree with most of what you say. Very nice post btw.
Yes, sometimes painful transitions are necessary and I undestand the reason why compatibility with the old extensions has to go but what it hurts me most is that they can't even be recreated for the new APIs. This is gonna be a huge blow for Firefox.
Btw, are you involved with Firefox in some way? You seem to know a lot.
I am aware that they've intentionally chosen an API similar to that of Chrome's. That's a good thing.
The bad part is that this new API is much less powerful, it doesn't let you do many things that you could previously do. So, many of the more complex extensions just can't be done with the new API and thus they'll have to die. The fault doesn't lie with the extension developers but with Firefox which have failed to provide an API as powerful as the old one. They've claimed they're open to additions to the API but it's pretty obvious I'll never be a good as the old one
Yeah, I'm one of those that I'll upgrade bedrugingly when I have no other choice.
Right now the only thing tying me to Windows is games. When there're a few games that I want to play that don't work on 7 or my new hardware doesn't I'll have to upgrade.
Microsoft are not (that) stupid. They do this crap because they know they have people by the balls. Look at what happens whey they have competition: When the PS4 and XBone were shown Microsoft said theirs was to require online connectivity to play at all times and other anti-consumer things. When Sony mocked them saying theirs wouldn't require that and gamers said en masse they were only gonna buy the PS4 Ms retracted in an instant.
TL;DR They only do this because they can. If they had competition they'd have to be pro consumer
It still does have something: It doesn't help Google spy even more on you. It's not made by a megacorp.
Granted, most people don't care about those but I do. Anyway, I agree that the huge amount and great addons Firefox has will be a huge loss