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Signal Ground: Rebuttal of Windows 2000 Editorial

Jun 20, 2000, 07:13 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Treis)

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"Windows 2000 Magazine publishes a weekly email newsletter called Windows 2000 Magazine UPDATE. In their June 13th issue, they published an editorial entitled "The Linux Bubble Bursts As Microsoft Dodges Another Bullet". Never to miss an opportunity for advocacy, the Signal Ground team presents a rebuttal below...."

"To put things in perspective, it is helpful to consider the history of both platforms. In mid-1995 (August), the 1.2.13 version of the Linux kernel was released. A few months earlier (June), Windows NT 3.51 was released. Both platforms have come a long way; even so, it'd be an instructive exercise to dig up the 1.2.13 sources and examine the number of supported hardware devices. You'd be hard pressed to fit that list on anything as small as Thurrott claims."

"Consumer hardware support on Linux sometimes still lags behind that of the Windows world, but the picture is changing. In recent news, Linux support was recently made available for Quantum's new UltraATA/100 disk interface. Additionally, Linux is often one of the first operating systems to run on new hardware platforms (like IBM's Power4 chip) because Linux is so easy to port. Can the NT kernel claim to run on both an Itanium and an iPAQ handheld? Hardly."

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