I just spent a few days at the Embedded Linux Conference. I get that it’s probably one of the largest communities of desktop Linux users assembled anywhere, but I am surprised to see that Microsoft-bashing is still a thing.

The fact is–and I don’t know how they’re doing it–Microsoft is firing on all cylinders these days. Windows 10 is actually really nice, to the point where it feels like a subtly colorful, human-centric breath of fresh air next to Mac OS X. They are increasingly embracing open standards, interoperability, and open source in surprising ways, while Apple and Google move the other direction.

Meanwhile, Linux as a desktop is still pretty terrible in 2016 for all but console-driven programmers. (I say this as a serious user of the Linux command line.)