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Feb 22, 2001, 13:01 (67 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Philip Ben-David)

"...Finally, but perhaps most significantly, comes the fact that most functions in Linux are best executed from the command line in a terminal -- and there are many that can only be executed that way."

"With all the hoopla surrounding Microsoft's forthcoming Windows XP replacement, almost forgotten is the singular fact that it is the first consumer-oriented version of Windows not built upon a DOS foundation. Unknown to most people who have come to computer use in the past 10 years or so, DOS was almost universally despised for many reasons, a salient one of which was its command line orientation."

"In fact, Windows (and the Mac OS) was invented in order to escape the blinking command line cursor. So why ever, even in a more stable operating system, would I choose to go back to it? Yet, that is what Linux use demands. No thank you. With all its faults, I'll stick with Windows."

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