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PenguinPPC.org: Linux Everywhere

Oct 26, 2000, 00:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeramy B Smith)

[ Thanks to jeramy b smith for this link. ]

"The year is 1993. A company named Microsoft is getting a lot of buzz about 'Windows Everywhere.' Windows will no longer be a mere gui program running on DOS. Windows will become the Operating System of choice for mainframes, desktops, servers, and devices. Microsoft reveals how their upcoming Cairo, Chicago, and Modular Windows projects will make 'Windows Everywhere' a reality. For a long time, 'Windows Everyhwere' was an unchallenged view of the future. After all, the exciting new Windows NT product expanded Windows grasp into the RISC hardware arena. Windows was a juggernaut and few if any pundits questioned the ability of Windows to become the Everywhere OS."

"The year is 2000 and the Everywhere OS has taken hold. Unfortunately, it is not who the pundits thought it would be in 1993. Windows NT has dropped Alpha, MIPS, and PowerPC support. There are no NT mainframes and NT Datacenter is about as warmly received as fruitcake for Christmas. On the desktop Windows is still nothing more than GUI for DOS (albeit, better hidden) . Windows CE is so great that MS has had to make a smaller version of NT (Embedded NT) to try to capture the device market. All in all, Windows has gone from a mind-share commander and generator of excitement to being about as exciting as socks for Christmas. Note: excessive Christmas references imply nothing about the poor quality of gifts this author received last year and is not subtle hint to would be gift givers (and you know who you are) to not be such cheap buggers."

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