Microsoft is so insidious... they're worming their way into every major language community and are doing their absolute best to ingratiate themselves with the FOSS community while they continue to destroy computing for consumers

Microsoft and Apple are the main reasons we still have a "priestly class" of software engineers and I don't care how many streams they do with cool developers and engineers, they still suck and you still shouldn't work with them.

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And like, yes, it's all fine and good that they're better than other tech companies with diversity, and that they do a lot of developer outreach, and whatever. But they are still responsible, in large part, for the absolutely sorry state of computing.

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That's forgivable! All they have to do is make an effort! Make the desktop less hostile, open up their APIs and middlewares, stop making exclusivity deals with hardware and software vendors. But they never will.

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So forgive me if I don't give a shit if they're giving away cool vaporwave swag with Clippy on. They actively make the world a worse place. Fuck Microsoft.

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And you know what? I'm not saying this lightly. This is really difficult. I know so many amazing developers building amazing things at Microsoft. I just spent an hour watching one of them stream.

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But it doesn't MATTER. It does not matter how many cool FOSS projects you fund with your left hand when you use your right to put up walls between those tools and all but a tiny fraction of your users.

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It doesn't matter how great your OS is if it's designed in such a way as to be unusable for many. It doesn't matter how much cool software exists on your platform if the platform itself is a steaming pile of hostile ad-riddled garbage.

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And, of course, anyone saying this won't be listened to, because we're just a bunch of FOSS crazies. We're just a bunch of techie wackos who don't know what REAL uses need. Even though we've been over here building free desktops for twenty-five years with basically zero funding.

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Of course free desktops aren't as polished as commercial desktops in some ways. Of course you can't immediately replace your Windows laptop with a System76 unit and have everything work flawlessly for you. They've been making sure of that for a decade and a half! But it's so much closer than even just a year ago.

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And Apple too, of course. They are not in any way exempt from this. It makes me so disheartened that I have to get a Mac for my job, not because Linux won't run the software - it's all running in Docker - but because all the _other_ devs have Macs so that's what they've standardized the build environment and compliance on.

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I'm sorry I'm so salty about this, but it's one of those things like good public transit or UBI that I can't help but look at and say, some small group people could simply get out of bed and say "Today I will make the world a better place." and just FIX it. And everyone's life would be slightly better forever.

And they don't. Every day.

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@tindall As IT guy (after my useless dev diploma), the only limitation I had was "it's better to do nothing than to do harm".

Makes 99% of jobs out there unsuitable, and because I could afford to not work most of the time, I just went with it (for the 1% remaining, I tried a few thing, but I somehow realized they were mostly "rare/very wanted" jobs, and it'd be just wrong to steal it from people who need it.

I finally created my own small 1 guy company. But it's luxury. It's not fair. :(

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@tindall It's really not fair that we'd live in a world where it's acceptable to work for stuff we don't believe in. It's like... Autoritarian ? What we do everyday is the most political thing of all. People work everyday.

But being picky on the job is a luxury of a few. It's like... Unbearable. Why is this still a thing ? With internet, people talking and sharing... And still. We are here. This is puzzling.

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