That is the question I faced this morning during an interview (audio archive here) at the Swiss national radio (RSR) after Microsoft announced is was giving away free software to the students of Lausanne’s engineering school. My answer: Yes and No, and it’s getting better.
YES we are slaves, because inside many organizations you get a PC with windows installed whether you like it or not.
II’S GETTING BETTER because we now have more credible options than ever (thanks in part to Mark Shuttleworth‘s work on Ubuntu – a linux version that your grandmother can use, and to mac OSX), and because we are spending the majority of our time inside a browser, i.e. an operating system independent environment.
This debate – who a few years back used to make people prone to irrationality ^ – seems to be less important now. What are your thoughts?