LinuxPlanet: .comment: Road Building
May 31, 2001, 03:25 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
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There are many questions about Linux that go unanswered because
it would just take too long to do the research. Risking his life on
the dreaded Interstate 95 and associated roadways, Dennis E. Powell
has done the research necessary to answer one of them, satisfying
the curiousity of the thousands, hundreds, scores, dozens (or, when
you get right down to it, probably a number you could count on the
fingers of one hand) of people who were wondering.
"You may be among those tormented by the question:
Which takes longer, compiling the KDE-2.2 beta on a Pentium 166
with 104 megs of memory or driving from Western Connecticut to Key
West, Florida, on a busy holiday weekend?
If you are, your anguish is soon to be relieved. I've tried,
over time, to resolve the burning issues that don't quite make it
to the FAQ lists because it would involve too much work to provide
an accurate answer. It was me, for instance, who proved that it is
possible to run Microsoft Bob in a VMware virtual machine. This is
not the kind of information you can get anywhere else. It is a
valuable service, understanding that value is a continuum that
begins immediately above zero.
Motivated to add primary research to the world's store of
knowledge and thereby uplift all persons, last week I hopped into
the rental car, fired up the motor, typed "./configure", and headed
down the road."