[oclug] Can MS kill Linux?
wisq-oclug at wisq.net
Wed Feb 23 12:44:47 EST 2005
On Wed, Feb 23, 2005 at 12:22:29PM -0500, Rod Giffin wrote:
> What exactly would be the benefit to running Linux as a process
> inside of Windows? If you were a Windows user, you could get to use
> Linux tools like, grep and diff that you can already get Windows
> versions of I suppose. Other than that, I have NO idea.
One possibility is to jump on the 'put our GUI and drivers on another
platform' MacOS X bandwagon. Of course, he can't *say* this (or maybe
he's in denial and doesn't even make that connection in his head)
because he's so anti-Mac.
The other is to suggest (in a similar vein) that Windows would somehow
be better if you took the same multi-vendor mix of applications, put
them on the same graphical interface, put that on top of the same set
of drivers, but replaced the underlying kernel (evolved from OS/2)
with a Linux one. I don't see much of an improvement there.
Finally, there's the most ludicrous possibility, which is that
*somehow*, if you extended Linux with a closed-source Microsoft-owned
hardware driver layer, enough real Linux users would flock to your
system to 'kill' the original Linux.
I'm not sure if he's sensationalistic, out of touch, or just crazy. :)
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