DesktopLinux.com: Extraordinary Claims and Annoyances
Dec 17, 2001, 12:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Dean)
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"What's this buzz about a Linux which runs Windows
programs so effortlessly Mom and Pop don't have no more cares?
DesktopLinux.com Contributing Editor Malcolm Dean is not so sure
LindowsOS will be compatible with what Linux is really about . . .
Lindows.com was announced uncritically in the press last October
after Michael Robertson, founder of MP3.com, was nudged out in
Vivendi Universal's acquisition of the digital music service. From
the start, I had an uncomfortable feeling about Lindows. There was
the star treatment we automatically accord to success, as if Mr.
Robertson's luck would somehow translate to Linux. And somehow, the
press weren't asking any difficult questions."
The ancient Greeks knew where to turn with difficult questions,
so I consulted the modern Delphic oracle, Google.com. Google knows
all. You just have to ask. I typed in 'Lindows' and 0.34 seconds
later, I received 'Results 1 - 100 of about 25,900,' all basically
re-reported, translated, re-written from the same story. Bright
Michael Robertson, who brought us the digital music revolution in
the form of MP3.com, has now decided to take on Microsoft . .