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Byte.com: Corel On The Roller Coaster; Distro Madness Management With WhatIfLinux.Com

Jul 31, 2000, 17:21 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henderson)

[ Thanks to Tom LaSusa for this link. ]

"...as long as data interchange remains viable between the Microsoft Office components and Linux-based office suites, there's a chance to get the [WordPerfect Office] ball rolling again, in my estimation. Few people use inter-application code that links spreadsheets into databases unless those apps are coded by someone else -- usually a departmental or organizational deployment of an app."

"Whatiflinux is an application manager for personal and distributed systems. Ostensibly, it keeps track of over 10,000 applications (!!) and informs administrators of updates. It's similar to Debian's manic software-update system in some ways, but with additional sophistication. This might be very handy. Consider that Linux-Mandrake 7.1 is about to be released with over 1,400 applications. Grep, like it or not, is an application and counts toward the 1,400 I found."

"I like Whatiflinux for another reason, one that's more onerous. With seven high-profile distros for Intel family CPUs becoming very successful in the bazaar, there are myriad installation options for both experienced and newbie installers to deal with. Consider that each of the seven (not counting other distros yet) have between two and six editions. Inside each edition are options to deploy of up to seven (haven't seen more) application and feature option sets. The geometric possibilities are shameful; this isn't usefulness, it's entropy and not very useful entropy at that."

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