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One of the best parts of Linux Today is the reader comments. Sometimes they outshine the so-called "professionals." They make me laugh, they make me go "Hmmm, good stuff", and sometimes I'm puzzled why folks even bother to post some things. I couldn't post everything worthy, so please enjoy this assortment of recent comments.

[James E LaBarre][not closed enough]

VZW must have realized they couldn't break & lobotomize LiMo enough for their liking. Bob forbid they should have an unbroken phone that was affordable, usable, and designed sometime within the last decade.

[Bernard Swiss] [Found a *great* quote there...]

Some guy going by the moniker of "Rambo Tribble", posted the following comment:

Okay, but ...

... while I'll agree that the Windows API does not reflect "intelligent design", it must be

made clear that it does not reflect the basic tenet of natural selection, "survival of the

fittest", either.

[TonyOz] [MICROSOFT WINDOWS security failure, not Linux]

This is a truly great article......I am in no doubt, and I will be keeping a copy to place firmly under the noses of disbelievers - my compliments to the author on the aspect of its contents. BUT, and it is a very big **BUT**, the title of the article should have been:

"Security Absurdity in Microsoft Software: The Complete, Unquestionable, And Total Failure of Information Security in the Windows Operating System."

Again, I scream this message that does not seem to be getting through to journalists and writers who all seem to have a brick wall in their brains when it comes to putting the truth in the article topics. This security problem is a Microsoft Windows problem, not Linux. I did several searches in the article, and sure enough as you get "down and dirty" in the text, there are the words Microsoft and Windows repeated again and again and again and again, or if not stated directly, then implicitly by naming Microsoft software such as ActiveX.....the word "Linux" is not cited once. My version of the article topic thus becomes more valid with every mention of Microsoft and Windows......because, get this, NO other OS is mentioned.

[Howard Pepper] [Stroll Down Memory Lane]

Wow, reading this article was like a stroll down memory lane for me, as I used most, if not all, of these.

I still have a dot matrix printer (Star NX-2420 Rainbow), although I haven't used it in well over a decade.

I have two computers running MS-DOS 6.2, with the following programs:

Lotus 1.2.3.

Word Perfect 5.1

dBase IV



I was a charter member of Prodigy, and a member of CompuServe.

Oh, and floppies? I've still got un-opened boxes of 5.25" 360k floppies here, along with 720k 3.5" floppies.

Ah, those were the good old days! :D

[GreyGeek] [Re: Tweets]

... I don't even want to figure out what "tweeting" is about.

It's very simple. You have heard of video clips and sound bytes. Tweeting is merely a text line that serves the same purpose: to corrupt communication skills and dumb down the user. Judging by the mess this country is in it the three techniques have been a marvelous success.

[Dave Lane] [MS-PL != GPL]

They're not changing it with that license, but they're trying to muddy the waters. The MS-PL (they use "Public License" to make it sound superficially like the "General Public License"). If you look at the FSF site, you'll see that they don't consider the MS-PL to be GPL compatible and discourage its use. MS would dearly love to pull an Apple, i.e. grab major BSD-like licensed projects and wrap them into their own proprietary codebase. Namely, they'd love to get the open source community to do their R&D for them for free.

Because of that they *hate* the GPL because it means they'd have to give back too. They currently only use anything remotely GPL-like for technologies they want to propagate (e.g. Silverlight and ASP.Net). These typically only run on Windows platforms and of course they *might* be patent encumbered, but they'd never say that ahead of time :) - they'd rather wait until plenty of unsuspecting developers have invested heaps of time in building codebases first.

[Zsolt] [Terrible....]

Education by its nature is not business. It is a long term investment. It is not about the profit of a company but about the benefits of the society. If I wanted to make money here and now on the back of a market still addicted to MS then it would make sense to choose Windows. But we are talking about taxpayers money which will go to support.... MS. But it's not even about the money. Rather the fact that this decision guarantees a new generation of "MS junkies". The whole country in the hands of a single (greedy) company. No chance to escape! Even if Linux was clearly less usable than Windows this decision would still had been wrong. But that is not even the case. NSW doesn't want to teach the new generation to study, to discover, to share and contribute but to stay an obedient consumer. This decision qualifies as "crime against humanity".

[Bob_Robertson] [1995, Debian]

on 14 1.4M floppies.

386-33, I was able to read the boot messages as they were displayed. What a learning experience!

The hardest part: Creating a modline so that I could get X to display on my graphics monitor. Turned out to be 1024x768x24, which is still quite good.

[ArkEngr] [1995]

My brother first told me about Linux and he never uses it but at work he uses Unix all the time. I started useing RH 5.2 when I tried to set up 2 serial ports in NT4 in the answer mode and I got a popup window that said a server license was required for more than 1 serial port in answer mode. Then with NT4 server some of my software would not work because it said only works on NT4 workstation. I had enough !!!!! It took me a year to move database applications to postgress but I have never looked back.

[paai - Subject: newbees... 1992.]


My first Linux installation was 1992, and from 1993 till now I use it exclusively (except for games). Our book 'Linux, de PC as unic workstation' was written in 1993 and published in 1994 (Samsom publishers) as the first book in the dutch language on Linux :-)


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