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DesktopLinux.com: Extraordinary Claims and Annoyances

Dec 17, 2001, 12:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Dean)
"What's this buzz about a Linux which runs Windows programs so effortlessly Mom and Pop don't have no more cares? DesktopLinux.com Contributing Editor Malcolm Dean is not so sure LindowsOS will be compatible with what Linux is really about . . .

Lindows.com was announced uncritically in the press last October after Michael Robertson, founder of MP3.com, was nudged out in Vivendi Universal's acquisition of the digital music service. From the start, I had an uncomfortable feeling about Lindows. There was the star treatment we automatically accord to success, as if Mr. Robertson's luck would somehow translate to Linux. And somehow, the press weren't asking any difficult questions."

The ancient Greeks knew where to turn with difficult questions, so I consulted the modern Delphic oracle, Google.com. Google knows all. You just have to ask. I typed in 'Lindows' and 0.34 seconds later, I received 'Results 1 - 100 of about 25,900,' all basically re-reported, translated, re-written from the same story. Bright Michael Robertson, who brought us the digital music revolution in the form of MP3.com, has now decided to take on Microsoft . . ."

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