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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
@tindall I understand your problem and see only acceptance as a solution! In addition, for your own well-being, to represent your own opinion as far as you don't want to stand in line against an entire society where you would only be harmed!
So stand for yourself and simply show your preferences and state what you represent if possible, whenever the situation arises! So you will win! LG