Microsoft, Innovation, and Linux - is Linux too Windows like?
bastill at adam.com.au
Tue Dec 24 00:21:34 CST 2002
David Lloyd wrote:
/Yet we're not copying them? I think you mean set OPEN standards and
not THE standard./
What's the difference?
One problem we face is that Intel and MSDOS have colluded, and coerced
others into supporting, restrictions on the way PCs work at quite a
Another is that because "we" had to wait for a viable 32-bit
architecture before "we" could operate, M$, it's OS and apps had a
virtual stranglehold on the market before "we" could start. Hence "we"
have been obliged to accept "compatibility" both at the OS and
application level to avoid the move from "them" to "us" being too
difficult to make.
Overall, "we" have had to accept that most neo-converts to our true way
will want/need to dual boot. Many will also want "our" apps to
read/write "their" app outputs. That in turn means we have to live
within the previously-mentioned PC design restrictions.
For example - who said the first partition MUST be the primary boot
partition and that if you require multiple partitions they MUST be
enclosed in an extended partition (of which there can only be one) and
the maximum number of extended + primary is four? (BTW, just TRY using
Primary, Primary, Extended, Primary - it's fun! )
Why is my laptop limited to 500M HD if I am using WinDOS, but can
accomodate almost any size I like in "dangerously dedicated" FBSD mode?
What this seems to mean is that "we" have two options. Be rather like a
much more efficient and effective Windows OR follow the Amiga and be
superb at what we do with no general impact on the IT scene.
If there is a third, more effective, way I for one would be very pleased
to hear about it.
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