Error log for Tue, 22 Oct 2002 15:56:21 +0000, segfault in module
"Pookybug": dump details are as follows...
> Q. Now that you recognize the total victory of Microsoft, are there any
> specific issues involved in upgrading from Linux to Windows?
> A. Yes. There's no direct 'upgrade' path per se. To upgrade to Windows
> from Linux requires a 'clean' installation of Windows. This is a good
> thing because a complete clean install means all the vestiges of the
> Linux operating system are 'rooted out' and cleaned from your harddrive.
> Realize that you may have to save, or backup onto other media - or to
> another store - such things as documents, bookmarks etc. if you want
> them once Windows is installed.
And the real reason for this is because the "quality" that is Windows is
unable to read or write to any of the formats that Linux can and does
easily read and write to.
Of course, if you happen to be running Linux on, say, a DEC workstation or
a PowerPC, then you will have to s*all of that "inferior" hardware and
go purchase a commodity PC, because the "quality" that is Windows does not
run on many of the platforms that Linux can and does run on.
Quote:> Also prepare yourself for a shock. You will meet with something you've
> never experienced before in computing: quality.
This is true, no other platform will regularly and constistently require
you to spend money on a regular basis in order to obtain the "quality"
applications in order to obtain the same functionality that you have with
LGX and OSS for *free*.
Quote:> Quality applications, quality programs by professionals .. people who
> work 24-7 to just make things work and work well. Gone will be the
> gigabytes of second rate, slapped together, incomplete non-professional
> software by unpaid Linux, for want of a better word, 'losers'.
And of course, if you need or desire any feedback from these
"professionals", you can always call the toll free support line and speak
to some underpaid and underqualified peon who will of course tell you to
"reboot, retry, reinstall", if they do not tell you to get lost first
because they don't support that issue.
And forget about speaking with the actual *developers* of said software,
or even the president of said vendor, since they have no time in their
"professional" lives to bother with the end user.
And if you want to ever add or modify the program to suit your particular
purposes, well then your option is to submit a request to the vendor and
hope that about a million other users have requested the same changes, and
then MAYBE you will see it incorporated in the next release in a couple of
This is much better than the "non-professional" way of OSS where you can
interact directly with the creator and developers themselves and request
changes, report issues, and have full access to source so you can modify
the program specifically for your own needs.
Not to mention that the development cycle is much faster since it is so
unprofessional, so updates are released regularly and quickly, often
incorporating fixes and features that the commercial variants take very
long to include.
> Instead you will be dealing with winners. Winners like Microsoft Corp.
> which has made more money this quater than any company has ever! Success
> is a wonderful thing. When you experience it for the first time you will
> never want to go back to Linux.
Indeed. Forget about all the money and hassle that you saved by using LGX
and OSS. Now you get to pay for every program that you need and/or want.
Now you get to experience strange problems that noone can help you with
and that can't be resolved. Coerced upgrade cycles, multitudes of
vulnerabilities and virii, worms and trojans to worry about for which you
will have to spend more money to obtain a "professional" quality
anti-virus program to protect against.
And don't forget the "professional" quality Office suite that you will
have to purchase seperately in order to be productive. And if you are a
developer, you can take out a loan and purchase the "professional" quality
development suites so that you can do what you could for free with LGX,
and of course you will have to spend even more money if you need any
special libraries since they are not included.
Now you get the privilege of dealing with liscences and EULA's and misc
other restrictions associated with just using your computer. And you have
the satisfaction of knowing that you can always spend more money to
upgrade to a supported version when your hardware or software becomes
obsolete and is no longer supported by the vendor.
> Part II coming soon.
Looking forward to it.
rapskat - 12:08pm up 24 days, 12:53, 1 user, load average: 1.52, 1.56, 1.08
108 processes: 100 sleeping, 8 running, 0 zombie, 0 stopped
CPU states: 0.0% user, 0.0% system, 0.1% nice, 0.0% idle
Of course there's no reason for it, it's just our policy.