From: "Christopher L. Wright" < wrigh...@uncg.edu>
Subject: quote: 'Linux, the PC program from hell' -- David Hewson
Organization: SpyderByte Communications, Inc.
This was passed on to me, thought you might find this interesting.
Apparently, a journalist in the UK has decided to review Linux.
Enclosed is the message in case the following URL is removed/modified.
Obviously, if every Linux fan flames the crap out of him, it won't
necessarily drive home the point that we all should be trying to make:
Linux is legitimate, though it is one solution of many to choose from.
Have fun with the loser.
It is the craze of the month among geeks who love
complexity. Avoid it at all costs
Linux, the PC program
WAS I the only one who broke into a scream of terror
when I looked at this month's copy of Personal Computer
World? There, staring out from a free CD-Rom on the
cover was the program from hell, and all you needed to do
to let it take over your PC was double click a couple of
times and kiss goodbye to your sanity.
The nasty piece of digital scurf in question is known as
Linux and there are plenty of sad types who will tell you it
is the future of personal computing. Do not fall for this
bizarre line in geek thinking.
Even Personal Computer World, after making it so easy to
enter the twilight zone without a return ticket, saw fit to
enter a few caveats in the fine print. Linux, it said, came
with a serious health warning. Don't even think about it, the
magazine said, unless you are technically proficient and
have backed up all your PC files beforehand.
Yes, but we know what the average PC user is like. He
never reads the words, he just slings in the CD-Rom,
clicks on the install icon, and hopes for the best. And if you
are now looking at a blank screen with a few impenetrable
commands where you once had a working PC, then all I
can say is: "You have only yourself to blame."
Linux, for the uninitiated, is a version of that old computer
donkey known as Unix. If you need to run big computer
Unix tasks then it is, I am told, not a bad solution at all.
Equally, if you believe there is no point in doing easily
something you can achieve the long way round, it is
doubtless the way to go.
Imagine a tougher version of MS-Dos - where the
commands are even harder to memorise and less forgiving
of errors - and you are starting to get there. And if you
want to cheat a little, you can put on a pseudo-graphical
front end and - bingo - you might just manage to turn a
modern Windows NT-capable PC into a passable
imitation of Windows 3.1 circa 1992.
However, to read some publications, you might think that
Microsoft's Bill Gates is quivering in his boots at the idea
that Linux will do what IBM and Apple never managed to
achieve - kick Windows off the everyday desktop. Really?
Well, no. Linux is flavour of the month with the geek
community for two reasons - it's free, and it's not from
For a certain breed of bug-eyed computer user, that really
is all you need. Trivial details such as usability, the lack of
decent everyday software, and the plain fact that, when
things go wrong, you are on your own are not setbacks to
Linux addicts. These are the very reasons why they like the
wretched thing - because it sets them apart from the
mainstream of tedious, ordinary users who just use PCs to
get on with the job.
Personal computers seem to have attracted some strange
and obsessive people along the way to becoming common
or garden information tools. If Linux hadn't been invented
by a Finnish student a few years back, something equally
strange and esoteric would have appeared to take its
Computer geeks despise simple, common standards.
Gates is the object of their hate simply because he won the
operating-system war. If Apple or IBM had come out on
top, the people now buzzing so excitedly around Linux
would have treated them to the hate mail they reserve for
Fads like Linux are diversionary characters in a digital
freak show on the sidelines of modern information
technology. Finding them on the cover disks of mainstream
magazines says more about the novelty value of computer
journalism than the real issues facing those trying to make
tomorrow's PCs a sight better than the ones we use today.
The idea that great developments in personal computing
will be invented in some dismal student bedroom in
Helsinki might make nice bedtime reading for people who
dream in hexa-decimal. But if all you want is a computer
that you can aspire to understand, chuck that blasted
CD-Rom in the bin right now.
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