Many ways to sabotage linux ...
There have been documented cases of kernel sabotage in the past. The old ext2 filesystem in 2.2.17 was found to cause "massive filesystem corruption" and some of the "developers" (rumoured to be ex or even *current* micro$oft employees) were promptly sent packing.
Then we have the ongoing saga of ALSA sound. Anyone who works with or, more to the point, on sound apps knows that ALSA is a dog's dinner of a mess. And the lead developers work for Novell ...
But admittedly, "traditional" OSS sound was pretty bad too. Many people use the "new" OSS from Forefront, as it does software mixing, thus obviating the need for a pesky desktop sound server.
And what about graphics huh ? The Big Two, ATI & nvidia have both promised micro$oft never to release a fully working linux driver. This is a matter of public record.
I think we can safely say that linux is *constantly* being undermined by corporate interests. And when both the sound and video are hobbled, then it is hard to see how linux will ever penetrate the desktop - short of micro$oft senior executives being jailed for fraud and corrupt practices, and the whole Evil Empire being flushed down the toilet ... :)
Several Antitrust Suits Already Being Heard
Confession time : I posted that last post to see who would crawl out of the woodwork.
I really didn't think anyone would show their allegiance to their corporate overlords quite so brazenly here.
Just in case anyone is in any doubt : there are *several* pending antitrust suits against AMD/nvidia both jointly and severally as defendants. And they have been repeatedly criticized for price fixing and anti-competitive practices, including "lock-in" with micro$oft.
Only corporate stooges shout "give us citations" when google is absolutely full of apposite material. The number of complaints in the California courts alone, would be enough to fill this forum ten times over. Then we have damning testimony to the EU from micro$oft themselves, which led to unprecedented fines and prohibitions from tendering.
I think it's about time that members of this forum who work for the companies concerned, remembered that misrepresenting the facts about their company policies and practices is a criminal offense in most jurisdictions.
Of course, no-one here is stupid enough to go down that road. Instead they obfuscate, deflect and parry with depressingly predictable ad hominem attacks. But the end result is still the same - they end up as pariahs, unable to even get a job selling water in a desert.