You speak about zealotry yet you have pages of endless ranting about stuff which *you* and *only you* consider as being roadblocks and problems. The same stuff, in every post, again and again.
It's neither about me, nor you, but about the skewed perception of the community who likes to ignore the hurting 2% desktop reality & likes to look for comfortable excuses ("it's the same on windows!", "pre-installtaion", "M$!" etc).
You dismiss pre-installation and the promiscuous relationship that companies like MS have with governments (and other companies) as a cause for their omnipresence in some market or another. You dismiss a company's shady, borderline illegal practices that allowed it to reach a monopolistic position and want us to believe that it's all just their technological superiority.
You need a few history refresher courses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeOS#History
In 2002, Be Inc. sued Microsoft claiming that Hitachi had been dissuaded from selling PCs loaded with BeOS, and that Compaq had been pressured not to market an Internet appliance in partnership with Be. Be also claimed that Microsoft acted to artificially depress Be Inc.'s initial public offering (IPO). The case was eventually settled out of court for $23.25 million with no admission of liability on Microsoft's part.
When Caldera approached Novell looking for a DOS operating system to bundle with their OpenLinux distribution, Novell sold the product line off to Caldera on July 23, 1996, by which time it was of little commercial value to them.
Between the Caldera-owned DR-DOS and competition from IBM's PC DOS 6.3, Microsoft moved to make it impossible to use or buy the subsequent Windows version, Windows 95, with any DOS product other than their own. Claimed by them to be a purely technical change, this was later to be the subject of a major lawsuit brought in Salt Lake City by Caldera with the help of the Canopy Group. Microsoft lawyers tried repeatedly to have the case dismissed but without success. Immediately after the completion of the pre-trial deposition stage (where the parties list the evidence they intend to present), there was an out-of-court settlement on January 7, 2000 for an undisclosed sum. This was revealed in November 2009 to be 280 million US dollars.
The WordPerfect saga: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20121123221716522
Apparently the judge did not think that this type of behaviour is illegal:
I have decided that we should not publish these extensions. We should wait until we have a way to do a high level of integration that will be harder for likes of Notes, Wordperfect to achieve, and which will give Office a real advantage.
No Shaddim, this does not explain why Linux sits at 2% market share, just why Microsoft got to own over 90% of the market. Clear technological advantage right there. All hail the technology overlords.
Ok, how this helps us either in:
1.) understanding why linux s(t)ucks with 2% for 15 years on the desktop (& than fixing some things)
2.) find a way to motivate GOG and showing a working way to support a free and open platform (like linux)?
Ah! Yes, not needed at all! We just have to pretend altogether long enough that everything is fine, like the last 15 years. Right, at some point GOG HAS
GoG does not have to agree with anything. They either see a market and an opportunity to make money or they don't. They already gave their reasons pages ago on why they do not "support linux". The most hilarious of all being the bullet point regarding the Raspberry Pi.
People did not get angry because they said "No" but because of how they said it which proved that did not their research properly and they got called on it.
Why you feel the need to keep yammering about more technical stuff on this forum is beyond me. If you're trying to convince people that actually have the power to change things the way *you* want them to be changed then this forum is the totally wrong place to do it. You want something done in the linux kernel, go to lkml and present your case. You want changes to SDL? Please send your suggestions and patches to those guys... etc.
Do you now get it Mr. Revolutionary? Mr. Visionary. You're in the wrong fucking place and preaching to the wrong choir. If you want any of the changes you speak of to happen, provided that you can prove that they are needed, it's not us that you need to convince.