Linux Mint:

Based on open-source Ubuntu, Linux Mint provides complete desktop Linux operating systems in three distinct 'flavors', Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce, each freely available with dynamic community support systems in place world wide.

"Ubuntu", an ancient African word, means "humanity to others". The "Ubuntu Manifesto", which Mint adopts in whole, states that "software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit."

Linux Mint exemplifies the 'spirit of Ubuntu' as it brings software freedom to the entire world.

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Microsoft Windows 10:

Windows 10, as closed-source software, subjects its users to legal constraints in its 'End User License Agreements' (EULAs) concerning what it permits them to do with the software, along with denying all access to the original source code. This results in a form of "legally imposed artificial scarcity on a product that is otherwise easy to copy and redistribute", and in fact makes Windows the most copied and pirated software the world has ever known.

The end result is that a Windows 10 user is not actually purchasing the software, but simply purchasing the right to use the software, a right which can be denied at any time. Windows 10 source code is a trade secret tightly held by Microsoft and denied to others.

There is no "Spirit of Ubuntu" in Microsoft's Windows 10. Short of a systemic shift in operational philosophy in which the company's long proclaimed "love of Linux" actually produces fruit, Windows 10 users will continue being the "cash cow" that the Windows philosophy has long championed, replete with its artificially imposed user limits and entrenched systemic failings and shortcomings.

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Will there be a real adoption of open-source freedoms in Microsoft's old school closed source operational philosophy? More and more it appears that will be the case, and it will come a lot sooner than people generally expect.

Stand by for a major surprise in the not too distant future that may well spell the eventual and inevitable end to Windows 10..


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