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Just Linux: From Console to GUI--A Lesson In Irony

Mar 23, 2000, 18:07 (12 Talkback[s])
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"Hard-core Linux users and their UNIX predecessors are currently dangling on a torturous spike that would fit right in Dante's Divine Comedy. After years of extolling the virtues of Linux over the hated Windows, early Linux adopters are finally starting to see vindication of everything they have said. Linux has a rapidly rising install base and people are loving it! PC vendors are actually shipping Linux loaded on new PCs! The world is finally starting to make sense, they crow-until they see how the OS is being used."

"Choking on their suddenly dry throats, hardcore Linux users' eyes goggle at the sight of a windows-dominated environment! What happened to the console, they ask. Why isn't anyone using vi? What the (insert expletive here) is going on?"

"Linux hobbyists and enthusiasts feel that they have paid a bitter price for the newfound popularity of their beloved OS. In trying to beat Windows, Linux has become more Windows-like."

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