Re: Is this going to be true ?

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Wed Dec 11 2002 - 11:33:00 EST

On 11 Dec 2002, [iso-8859-1] Måns Rullgård wrote:

> Herman Oosthuysen <> writes:
> > MS history shows that they did and does support various flavours of
> > *nix. So, it is not beneath them to release apps for Linux too one
> > day and it would be a good thing if they do.
> Why would that be good? People would start using their programs and
> blame Linux when they crash.

Well, when the program crashes, you get to run it again under Linux
and Unix operating systems. Not so with Windows. With Windows, you
reinstall windows after first booting DOS from a floppy and using
DEBUG to clear out the partition information, otherwise the new
Windows installation won't boot. Microsoft "help" desk advises to
replace the disk when, in fact, the partition information has been
corrupted by Windows.

> > Competition is always good. It inpires people to do better.
> Doing better than MS isn't much of an inspiration to me.

Competition isn't always good. There are people in the former
Soviet Union and in India who will gladly do your job. And, they
will do it just as well as you, perhaps even better. You get to
live where you have your own bathroom, but can't afford hot water
because you don't have a job. The people who now do your job
never had it so good. They have hot water for the first time in
their lives.

So, competition simply changes who has hot water.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.18 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
Why is the government concerned about the lunatic fringe? Think about it.

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