Can Linux Come Out And Play?

from the Tit-OR-Tat dept

The best things in life are free, but usually you take them for granted and forget about them. That’s apparently what happened at a conference held to tackle the digital divide. They totally forgot to invite anyone from the Linux community. To me, this is just another sign that the US can only handle two things at a time — Coke/Pepsi, Gore/Bush, TastesGreat/LessFilling. Why don’t we ever consider other alternatives?

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Alternatives says:

Re: Re: Re: You bitch about no alternatives

OS/2 is almost dead. If you poke it with a stick, it moves.

If you are willing to include OS/2, what about NeXTSTEP?

Or how about THEOS, PICK, etc la?

If you are going to mention Open Source OSes and then only Linux, you are either:
1) Clueless
2) an ungrateful bastard. (why ungrateful? Linux uses parts out of the BSD OS source tree. Example of this ‘tude is at LinuxWorld people walking up to the BSD booth and saying “What are YOU doing at OUR show”. BSD code is good enuf to put in Linux, yet not good enuf to be mentioned when one talks about opensource OSes. Another example is read hat claiming they started the open source movement.)

mhh5 says:

Re: Re: Re:3 You bitch about no alternatives

Well, at least ‘Alternatives’ is out-spoken. Ya gotta admire that…. As for being “clueless” or “an ungrateful bastard”, I think I’m probably both at least _some_ of the time. But honestly, I know there are other operating systems out there. My point for posting that story was mostly just that Americans are in general narrow-minded. I salute ‘Alternatives’ for promoting some of his ilk…. And I agree OS/2 is dead. Or at least it won’t be bridging any “digital divides” in the near future.

alternatives says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Outspoken

Yuppers…thats me. *grins*

I tend to swing towards de-emphising linux and mentioning BSD. But, I have said, and will continue to say that Linux works, and is a fine alternative choice to BSD. And that is a WHOLE lot more than BSD seems to get outta the Linux end of the world.

But there is *FAR* more hype towards linux….and the reason is simple economics. All 150+ linux distros (gotta install them all….linuxmon.) have thier pitch (wo)men out talking about Linux….oh, and our version BTW. BSD has *ONE* company making noise, (ok, Apple will make 2)

And that noise level results in statements like this one on the digital divide board…
“Does anyone here know why Linux, the only solution third world people can actually afford, has been locked out of this conference?”

Linux is pitched as the **ONLY** solution. So, excuse me while I yell at the top of my digital lungs BSD. And tounge lash mhh5 for not mentiong BSD in the cover story post (lash, lash) I can provide salt if you wish to add that to the wounds ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and OS/2 copies….they will be used to fill the digital chasm so ppl can cross the digital divide ๐Ÿ™‚

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