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InfoWorld: Showering After Linux

Jun 22, 2006, 01:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Yager)

"I often set aside my personal biases for work, and I did so to write a piece on Xen paravirtualization software. Xen only runs on Linux, and so I had to install Linux for the first time in about a year. Now, Xen is way past nifty. But commercial vendors' efforts to turn Linux into a functional interactive environment by grafting on GNOME and YAST and such are just sad. They tried to squeeze ten pounds of compost into a suede coin purse.

"Here comes the hate mail: Linux is just a kernel, and kernels don't have UIs. A powerful server operating system doesn't need a whizzo presentation layer, in fact, it only gets in the way. Linux can kick OS X's butt in benchmarks. I ought to RTFMs. And wasn't I just bitching about open source...?"

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