[oclug] OT re M$ free info. meeting
Frank Stratton - VE3YY
fstratton at sympatico.ca
Thu Mar 17 13:04:54 EST 2005
From: oclug-bounces at lists.oclug.on.ca
[mailto:oclug-bounces at lists.oclug.on.ca]On Behalf Of CroombeFP
Sent: March 17, 2005 11:54 AM
To: General Membership Discussion List
Subject: [oclug] OT re M$ free info. meeting
Since when did Windoze have any strengths? Ever since Day 1, Apple could
knock it into a cocked hat. Nowadays, who could possibly claim that
Windoze is any sort of contender to Linux? I've been in the computer
industry as a researcher/developer since the 1950s and have been
intimately involved in the development of, besides languages, compilers,
hardware, systems and so on, operating systems of many sorts. Windoze,
in my estimation and experience, was thrown together by a bunch of
incompetent, inadequately trained neophyte programmers who hadn't the
faintest idea of what, for example, constituted a Dijkstra Semaphore...
Or re-entrant code if it comes to that... Or time sharing.... Or.... you
name it, M$ never thought about it. I can remember installing Windoze
3.1 on PCs for the secretaries in my group and then being asked to take
it off because it was : slow, obscure, failure prone, slow and slow.
They all asked to go back to DOS! Ever tried setting up an HP Laser
printer under W_3.1? It's an absolute nightmare. Sure, W_95 was an
improvement, but it was YEARS behind Apple's MacIntosh OS.
Look how long UNIX has been around and how stable that was right from
the start. Why? Because it was DESIGNED and not thrown together. That's
why DEC used it on the VAX for one example.
Sorry, I'll cool off now.
CroombeFP M.Sc., P.Eng.
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