> the only word that might be seen as an indictment of Microsoft would seem to be "monocultural" ... even that isn't their fault, though they have worked hard to make it true.
Well, you implicitly refer in the following sentence to MS:
> It does, however, give one pause about the power of the near-monoculture in desktop operating systems.
The paragraph below this sentence explains why this couldn't happen to Linux, so you contrast Linux to near-monoculture. The problem is not the monoculture but that MS is using a fixed regular date for updates. So if Ubuntu decides to introduce also a regular update cycle, it could cause the same problem. It is not a problem related to MS.
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