It’s the Boomers and GenXers who bought Microsoft’s crap in the 90’s, resulting in their dominant position today. Had they not bought Windows 95 en masse, and Win98/ME/2000/XP/Vista/7 and 8, then we would have competition in the desktop/laptop OS market significant enough that they couldn’t do such corrupt things like force users to their walled garden.
They should have been sued over the poor security of Win95 and 98, they should have been broken up over anti-trust concerns at that same time. Had we still a viable Commodore, an Apple actually interested in capturing PC market share, and a couple of Linux-based vendors with a significant enough market share to force software support, then Microsoft would never even attempt something so dangerously stupid as what they’re doing now.
It’s the same with malware riddled software, limited activations, and malware-riddled DVDs and CDs that prevent fair use operations such as format shifting. Had the majority of people told the idiots selling them to shove it, and refused to buy into their demands, then they either would have changed to accommodate the market, or gone out of business in favor of companies that did do business legitimately.
Speaking as one that just barely qualifies as a Millennial, whose ran Linux as an OS for more than a decade, and as the only OS for 5 years.