The Best Things In Life Are Free

Declaiming from my keyboard. Microsoft Giant stepping into Networking Hardware O/S:

Google Now in the present date delivers the following headline to a particular Android mobile device (mine).

“Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux (Wow. Just Wow)” by Simon Sharwood at The Register – Biting the hand that feeds IT.

Straight from the horse’s mouth, Microsoft’s PR on Azure Cloud Switch [Last paragraph of the PR]:

“We’re talking about ACS publicly as we believe this approach of disaggregating the switch software from the switch hardware will continue to be a growing trend in the networking industry and we would like to contribute our insights and experiences of this journey starting here.”

Principal Architect, Azure Networking

Account Planners and Strategic Management may remember from early in Windows’ history Bill Gates viewed Windows as Microsoft’s future:

Gates told InfoWorld in April 1984 that “Our strategies and energies as a company are totally committed to Windows, in the same way that we’re committed to operating-system kernels like MS-DOS and Xenix. We’re also saying that only applications that take advantage of Windows will be competitive in the long run.”

In the same year, Compaq’s vice-president of sales and service, H.L. Sparks when asked by senior writer Marguerite Zientara “The idea of bundling application software with hardware is something that seems to come and go. Are you considering that in the future?”,

Sparks answered: “The software should stand on its merits and be supported and so should the hardware. Why should you be constrained to use the software that comes with a piece of hardware? I think it can tend to inhibit sales over the long run.”

Hawk-eyed interpretation:

Microsoft’s foot planted in the white-collar environment afforded a productivity beast through products like Windows 1.0 OS, Windows Server OS and the Office Suite.

[See a combination of statistics on the use of hardware coupled with Internet protocols and operating systems by Enterprises].

In essence, Microsoft say hellow to Comcast. Both have investment of underground communications that power the web.

GNU/Linux cultivates innovation in an incubator for Microsoft and others

Read What’s in a Name? by Richard Stallman at

By category, GNU/Linux currently has good amount of share in: Mobile and Wearable Tech, Server (web) and Supercomputers.

Practical wares rooted in Linux’s nest:
Collaborative programming like Git Software
and Microsoft Azure Cloud Switch.

Worth noting according to the Linux Foundation -> The following surveyed organizations use GNU/Linux on the backend of business: Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, NTT, Deutsche Bank, DreamWorks, ADP, Bank of New York, NYSE, NASDAQ, Goodrich, MetLife, and AIG.

For meditation:
3. Consider the Internet of Things
4. See the numbers on Usage Share of Operating Systems
5. See Entertainment Operating System on a physical device the size of a switch/router.

Consider protocols like Telnet and SSH communications in use by
Command Line Interface
Putty Graphical User Interface

“Microsoft and GNU/Linux” Today

Headlines as of September 2015

How Microsoft could finally kill Linux by Jim Lynch

Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux by Simon Sharwood

Replacing Server 2003 with Linux alternatives by Orin Thomas

Microsoft Rolls Out Linux Support Services on Azure by Pedro Hernandez

Microsoft lifts the lid on Linux-based Azure Cloud Switch platform by Daniel Robinson

Read this twice: Microsoft is working on a Linux-based OS by Marco D’Souza

Freedom From Microsoft by Thomas Twinnings

Microsoft adds limited support for Linux on Azure cloud by Mike Wheatley

Microsoft Reveals Linux-Based Azure Cloud Switch Modular Operating System by Marius Nestor

Headlines as of January 2015

Will 2015 be the year of the Microsoft/Linux love fest? by Jack Wallen

Headlines as of October 2014

Why Microsoft loves Linux by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better by Peter Bright

Headlines as of July 2013

Microsoft Outlines Windows Server 2012 R2 Support for Linux by Kurt Mackie

Headlines as of July 2011

Is Microsoft Linux’s New BFF? by Katherine Noyes

Headlines as of April 2011

Bashing Microsoft ‘like kicking a puppy,’ says Linux Foundation chief by Jon Brodkin



Microsoft states “By deviating from the traditional enterprise interactive model of command line interfaces, it allows for switches to be managed just as servers are with weekly software rollouts and roll backs thus ensuring a mature configuration and deployment model.”

I cannot imagine a switch requiring patches and regular updates as presently demonstrated in Windows 7/8/8.1/10. CLI can be fun and GUIs as well.

Furthermore, consider decentralized community that deals RFCs. (These have been investments over long periods of time for “The Best Things in Life are Free“).

Microsoft ACS alongside other technologies

-. What is GNU/Linux?

-. What is Microsoft? See their assets Hint: Database, Gaming, Email, Phone Calls (Skype) and more.

-. What’s in a N.O.S.? See here, See Netware NOS with proprietary license

-. See Cisco IOS (Proprietary software on Cisco Routers/Switches)

-. Network technicians learn open source network technologies for generating personal income.

-. Windows Server offers the installation option Server Core (near total CLI interface)

-. Considering Azure Cloud Switch, what will happen to Microsoft IIS Web Server Software?

-. Apache/Microsoft Market Share. See the numbers.

-. Whats an Application Server? See here and How Java Platform has involvment

-. Digital Ocean Web Host provides GNU/Linux options as Linux Distros.

-. Microsoft provides GNU/Linux based O/S

-. During creation of Server (web), routers/switches limitations are considered (Note the GNU licenses and OS support) See here

-. Configuration Management Software

Please note this article does not take into consideration “Datacenters” and other important aspects of Networking Hardware / Software. I will be updating this article with more relevant historical examples of proprietary vs. open source protocols.


Hi Micah,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on microdata in Episode 7 of Design Vs Dev.

I have a few theories as to why we need to use microdata. In a nutshell, Microdata encourages Google’s vision of searching for information. For example, if every food recipe website has microdata defined content, then Google can easily help a user search for requested information.

Also, Google currently supports a few microdata types (less than 10 at the time of this writing). In Google’s defense, it makes sense for everyone to adopt microdata in bite size pieces vs. a dumping of a complete new scheme.

Microdata is a stepping stone in making the web replace traditional operating systems (theory #1).
Extreme example: The 9/11 Commission Report states that we should prepare our game to counter any future attacks. Think about how useful the web can be as our main desktop (our files and information living in the cloud). If terrorists at all use technology to communicate (talking over the phone [voice recognition transcribes] or e-mail messaging), then the microdata in a web chatting app can make it easier for Skynet to search through microdata tagged communications between drug cartels or whatever other evil.

Microdata can encourage the production of useful and unique information (theory #2), ultimately google can be one front face of the entire internet without people having to visit individual websites (think how Google can be the next social platform).

We’re all very social animals.
We make technology work for us.
Collective intelligence (why have multiple recipe websites or multiple websites for quotes? repetitive vs. unique and innovative knowledge for everybody)
Knowledge is power.
Marcel Masse’s quote is a fact:

The more the world is specialized the more it will be run by generalists.

Yosemite Notifications — Annoying

Mostly a rant here. What was Apple thinking with the pop-up notifications? The new notifications appear distracting to the user because they clutter the overall UI experience of the OS GUI. These notifications are not new to the OS, but they do certainly appear for new reasons like Software Updates.

Additionally, these notifications are annoying because they remind us of Microsoft’s introduction of the taskbar notifications (Notification Tooltips) in Windows XP.

OS X Yosemite introduces a GUI from iOS. A more subtle method of notifying users of updates could be with a numeric badge in the top right of the screen. Noticeable yes, less intrusive as well.

Screenshot showing notification method introduced in OSX Yosemite side-by-side with Microsoft’s Windows XP taskbar notification:

Screenshot showing a less clever, although practical way of visually cuing the end-user of notifications: