I was perusing the news last night and came to the story that their is a rumor that Microsoft might produce a "free" O/S. Of course Microsoft is silent at this point but it is a very intriguing idea to say the least.
Quite frankly, I never understood the rivalry between Microsoft and Linux. Some take a very mature opinions while others will go out of the way to add fuel to the fire.
12.04 has served me well and very soon the new LTS arrives. I am not brave enough for the beta release but it has been said it is far more quicker than 13.10. The sad news is that Mir (replacement for X11) will be not standard in Trusty but it will be in the repos if you wish to give it a spin. I decided to further the cause of ubuntu by introducing a set of videos from my You Tube friend. "jthelinuxguy" has given his blessing to share these.