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MacOpinion: Lucy Linux Returns For The Weekend

Feb 04, 2000, 06:11 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Martellaro)

"Some in the Linux community appear to be ready to fool themselves that a pre-installed Linux system with a really nice GUI, like GNOME or KDE, will be a nice system to roll out the door to Mr. Dan Q. Friendly in Indianapolis. But sooner or later, his system is going to hose up, and he'll be faced with the dreaded prospect of rescuing a Linux OS ... a feat that has about the same allure for an ordinary user as the first day on the job working for Section One."

"I have installed AU/X, Rhapsody, MacOS X Server, MacOS X DP1 and MacOS X DP2. Without spilling any secrets, I think I can say that all of these Unix OSes, well except for Rhapsody, clearly exhibited the fact that Apple engineers understand how to write software that can properly supervise the installation of a Unix operating system. The Red Hat people aren't there yet. Not even close. And so, if one of us Macintosh/Linux hybrid geeks walked up to Steve Jobs and said, "Hey Steve. Linux is hot on your heels. What are you gonna do about that?" His response would probably be something like this."

"Linux isn't a mainstream OS. MacOS X will be."

"And he'd be right."

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