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    I’m already wondering if WSL is admitted defeat or an EEE scheme, and if the latter, what the “extend” step is going to be.

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      It’s long-game EEE. Corporations have discovered that by throwing a lot of developers to an open-source project they can control the ecosystem. Then gently but slowly push it towards their walled garden. Add features that make it more convenient to their cloud solution, then collect all of the data.

      An example is Google Chrome. 1) throw a lot of engineers and make a better browser. 2) keep pushing the spec forward as fast as you can so that it takes a huge engineering effort to be able to compete. 3) add features like the google login that make it more convenient but also shares all your data. Chromium might be open source but also long as you use their google login they win, and there is no alternative available for shared user sessions.

      For WSL the key is to get developers back onto the Windows platform. macOS was able to capture some of the Linux market because they added bash and other unixy tools that made Linux developers comfortable. As soon as those developers only start testing on WSL they start winning. Then add easy integrations to deploy to Azure. The same will happen to GitHub and VSCode.

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        “EEE scheme” is a new term to me, and my googling is only returning taxing schemes. What does it stand for?

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            Thank you

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            EEE = Embrace, Extend, and Extinguish. What they did to LDAP and many other once open things.

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          Not that I’d ever switch off Linux to any closed-source OS, but it’s good to hear that Windows users don’t have to suffer as much these days compared to the early 2000s.

          Side thread (mentioned in the OP): I thought passwordless, face-recognition sign-in was not secure due to being fooled by photos or video? Has the tech improved so much that it knows the difference between images and a real face?

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            If you only have one camera, it’s potentially impossible to know the difference between video and a real face.

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              Windows Hello uses two cameras to create a depth map so a simple photo won’t fool it. However a high quality face mask can, so it’s not secure enough for highly sensitive machines. It’s probably on par with fingerprint recognition in terms of security.

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              I keep hearing of people switching to windows and finding the experience nice–or, at least, tolerable.

              I just don’t get it.

              I had to use windows for a few months recently, and I made do, as best I could. Used WSL, an X server, git for windows, the works; but it was still an awful, slow, buggy, poorly-designed mess.