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osOpinion: Linux: You'll Never Get Rid of It!

Oct 25, 2000, 05:15 (15 Talkback[s])
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"Is it really important which OS had a feature first, as long as it's there NOW? For example, both Linux and Windows 2000 support SMP for boxes with more than one processor. I don't care that Linux had it first, but it did. The fact is, Windows has it now as well."

"I got to wondering, now that Win2k seems to have tackled Windows' previous instability issues, what's next? What makes Linux so much better than any version of Windows could ever be? The answer hit me almost immediately: Microsoft can do everything Linux does, with 3 major exceptions: They haven't done any better, their software requires big expensive computers, and their software costs $300 per license for most business computers."

"Taking these one issue at a time, we have the fact that Microsoft hasn't done any better. They haven't. Microsoft has only implemented Linux policies that it lacks. They introduced SMP, as I mentioned above, but it's not significantly better than you can find in the Linux 2.4 kernel, if it's better at all. What I've just seen is an effort to copy, not improve. That hardly seems like an innovative move, to me. Win2k introduces stability to the Windows line, as well. Yes, well, Linux had that. It's been copied, but not improved. So we have a large corporation -- one of the largest in the world -- striving to mimic a gathering of hobbyists, and nothing more."

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