While on/in line at the neighborhood supermarket -- I was reading the
current Newsweek article about Windows 95. I looked everywhere in the
article and the related side-bars to find even a brief mention of Unix
and/or Linux. Nope...can't say that I even located a word ending in
either "ix" or "ux" in the relatively lengthy piece. (There was a
side-bar at the end of the article that was quite favorable toward the
Well -- this didn't surprise me. After all, Newsweek is a general-market,
mass-circulation magazine and one can't expect them to even be aware of
the non-mainstream operating systems. A mention of Unix or Linux in the
piece would've been an unexpected surprise.
While NOT on/in line at the supermarket, I read through another offering
from the press...
What I *can't* understand is the apparent lack of knowledge displayed
by Ray Valdes in his "A Surfeit of Servers" lead article in "Dr. Dobb's
Developer Update." This is a journal that purports to deal with "Trends
and technologies for the Professional Programmer". A paragraph on
page 3 includes this phrase: "...the vagaries of UNIX and Linux (such
as rebuilding the kernel to add support for a new device or using vi
to edit configuration files) remains MYSTERIOUS and INACCESSIBLE
to most." [Emphasis added].
I'm beginning to get the idea that a single issue of Linux Journal
contains more mentions of Linux than the entire corpus of ALL mainstream
magazines and computer-related journals combined (at least since the
Bronze Age). And...those that do write of Linux (such as Dvorak and
this citation from DDJ/DU) either get the story wrong or, at best,
damn the efforts with faint praise.
Linux for fun, M$ for $$$...and the NFL for what really counts!