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ZDNet: Leave everything to me... not! Should OS vendors limit your choices?

Apr 17, 2001, 22:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"...Hmm. So far we've had to deal with choices between SCSI and IDE, serial and parallel and USB, ISA and PCI and AGP, and the industry hasn't fallen over as a result. Sophisticated users have been able to make their own informed choices; those who don't care about the innards leave the choices to retailers or integrators."

"This represents a major culture clash between Microsoft and Linux worldviews. To those craving simple solutions, Linux offers too much choice. Microsoft, on the other hand, places unnecessary (and arbitrary) limitations on choice, especially for those capable of making informed decisions."

"All things equal, would you prefer too much choice or too little? Do you want a choice on Election Day? Would you prefer that your carmaker dictate what brand of gasoline you use?"

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