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From: s...@access.digex.net (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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Subject: PC Magazine Unix Feature
Date: 3 Jun 1993 10:59:04 -0400
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Howdy folks, I'm the author of a large part of the Unix feature in
the most recent issue of the US's PC Magazine.  My question to
the good people of comp.unix.pc-clone.32bit is what did you
think of the article?

Also, since I know this will be a question:  Linux wasn't included
because the minimum requirements to be evaluated included:  MS-DOS
emulator and a true GUI (X + Motif/Open Look + Looking Glass/X.desktop/
etc./etc.

Please feel free to respond either here on the news group or to my
address.

Steven

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From: s...@access.digex.net (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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Subject: Re: PC Magazine Unix Feature
Date: 3 Jun 1993 13:30:06 -0400
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After a small flood of comments from Linux users: I think Linux
is spiffy too, I wish it had made the cut too, it I have my way
about it, Linux will be mentioned/reviewed the next time PC Magazine
does something like this.  That said, does anyone have any comments
on what the articles did cover.  May I also add that the target audience
was the usual PCM audience, 90% of whom think the only OS choices are
MS-DOS/Windows and OS/2, so the pieces aren't designed for someone whose
answer to most computing problems is to write a perl program.

Steven

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From: s...@access.digex.net (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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Subject: Re: PC Magazine Unix Feature
Date: 6 Jun 1993 18:08:24 -0400
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Alas, while pure X may be enough for some of us, our defintion of a
GUI at PC Magazine is such that a desktop manager is essential.  
Remember, PCM's audience are looking to GUIs to shield them from
the complexities and raw power of a character line interface or,
in this case, a network windowing system.  For these folks, a desktop
manager isn't something that gets in the way, it's a necessity.

Steven

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From: s...@access.digex.net (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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Subject: Re: PC Magazine Unix Feature
Date: 7 Jun 1993 18:34:41 -0400
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The PC Magazine criteria wasn't based on Microsoft-is-God. 
The GUI/desktop manager and DOS-compatibility criteria came from the
simple fact that regardless of OS, the world is turning to GUIs, and 
of course a magazine that talks to one million PC users has to address
their concerns that if they did decide to go to Unix that they wouldn't
have to abandon their DOS/Windows applications.  If you lived and died
by perl wouldn't you want to know if an OS someone was trying to convince
you to take seriously could support it?

Steven

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From: s...@access.digex.net (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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Subject: Re: PC Magazine Unix Feature
Date: 7 Jun 1993 23:41:44 -0400
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PCM readers are as capable of use Windows are as capable of remembering
DOS as X-Windows users are of remembering Unix.  This seems to be heading
in an rwar direction so I'm not going to comment from here on out, 
but like 'em or hate 'em desktop managers built around a GUI are what
most folks want and probably by now what most people use.  

That's, by the by, is just the way it is, I myself will take the speed
and power of a pure, unadulatered Korn shell any day of the week.

Steven

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From: s...@access.digex.net (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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Subject: Re: PC Magazine Unix Feature
Date: 17 Jun 1993 21:41:03 -0400
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I might add that all the authors of the PCM Unix articles are Unix users
first and foremost in their own operating system habits.  

Steven

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