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Mar 31, 2000, 05:19 (13 Talkback[s])

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"Gates doesn't understand the home market and he doesn't understand that he doesn't understand. Ouch. He's already blown a small fortune on MSN, WebTV, and whatever happened to his satellite network? He couldn't buy the Internet so he was going to make one of his own. What's going to happen with his new game machine? Does he really believe Sega, Nintendo, and Sony are going to roll over and die? If Gates thought software pirates were harming Windows sales wait until they get their hands on a copy of "MS Gerbils of Doom". It'll be hacked and posted on the Internet in about 14 seconds. I doubt corporate purchases will make up for any lost sales revenue."

"This would be the point where I'm expected to say, "Death to the Evil Empire! Long Live Linux!" I can't. Windows can be installed by anyone who can read the CD serial number off the packaging. Installing Linux requires a substantially higher geek factor. MS likes to tout this fact. They don't like to mention that it wasn't so long ago when troubleshooting IRQ conflicts on a Windows installation was a requirement. Windows 95 was notorious for not detecting two different devices were hanging on the same IRQ."

"In many ways, installing and maintaining Linux is a case of "deja vu all over again". The major differences being that Linux is stable, well documented, and user support is always available on the Internet. Thanks to Usenet, it took me an hour to find out why my sound card wasn't working. MS suffers from a long history of User Indifference. Their attitude seemed to be, "Hey, you bought it. It's your problem now." Imagine bringing back a newly purchased but malfunctioning television set to Circuit Circus and hearing that. I'd ask to see the manager."

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