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osOpinion: Supporting Windows / Supporting Linux

Apr 26, 2000, 07:26 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Esko Woudenberg)

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"I've spent close to 10 years babysitting Windows (and DOS) machines. At the start of this period we had 4 technical support technicians supporting about 3,000 computers and users. This was in 1989. When I left in 1999 there were about 20 technical support technicians supporting the same 3,000 users!!!"

"I challenge anyone who has done technical support of personal computers for 10 years or more to take an old DOS app. (Like Word Perfect 5.1, or WordStar, or whatever they used to use) Temporarily load it on their "latest and greatest state of the art" computer. Run it and see it run at least 10 times faster than it used to. Then ask yourself why common tasks take longer than they did 10 years ago when your computer is so much faster. With Linux you can ignore the GUI if you want to. You can write software that does only what it needs to and doesn't have to receive thousands of messages that are irrelevant to it. Or you can use the GUI if you want. But all that POWER is still available under the hood any time you want to tap into it..."

"Play with Linux for a while. It won't take long before you decide that for some strange reason computers are FUN again... Once again, your only limitation is your own lack of skill or knowledge. I still support Windows (for close friends, relatives, and our computers at work). But what I really want to use is Linux."

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