OK, before I get nailed from either "side" for this post, keep in mind that
this was just an observation from a few days back.
I have examined comp.os.windows.nt.advocacy, and found it to be filled
with...linux threads! That's right, there's no war going on over there, and
in fact, people seem to be discussing the relative merits of Linux! To top it
off, there was little cross-posting that I recognized, and what little there
was about NT was, well, pathetic. Frankly, what I see are a small group of
people in this group making a big noise so that they can say "we were right,
they are wrong".
There's no right or wrong in this post, just what suits people.
<Soapbox Rant - Not to be taken Seriously>
Although I do have to agree that 70% of people who are exposed to computers
assume, like the old saying "clothes make the man", that "Windows makes the
machine". Until they are exposed to something totally beyond their
comprehension...which changes their perceptions. The REAL reason MicroSux
hasn't collapsed under it's lack of brainpower is they've "borrowed",
"assimulated", and "plundered" every standard that I can think of; they even
went after their own DOS system in Windows 3.1 (who wants 8.3 filenames for
their then-new zam-zowwy windowing system?); AVI/WAV files can be traced back
to IFF, an Amiga format (no joke, I saw this in a multimedia format book!);
Unix standards, such as TCP/IP, DNS, and a few others, are now "new" additions
to Windows NT; and so on. Can't they do something ORIGINAL in thought and
execution? How can corporate America simply be lead around the ring by the
nose like this? Crimany, Billy-Boy himself has to go to Wall Street to
convince people to buy his OS; I can just see it now...
"Please sir, more gruel..."
Oops, that's from*ens, let's try again.
"If you buy my shiny new OS today, all your troubles will be solved.
Never mind that it will require an increase in the number of servers on your
network; never mind that you will have to upgrade ALL your Win16 apps at
roughly $100 a pop; never mind that it crashes, even though we say it will
not; never mind anything; just line my pockets, dudes!"
<Stepping down from Soapbox; feeling calmer, saner>
Flames to /dev/null. For those rare Amiga users that were forced to convert
but were able to avoid Windows, that's NIL: to you. :-) The resistence still