__/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Tuesday 05 December 2006 15:29 \__
> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
> on Tue, 05 Dec 2006 07:27:29 +0000
>> __/ [ The Ghost In The Machine ] on Tuesday 05 December 2006 00:18 \__
>>> In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Mark Kent
>>> on Mon, 4 Dec 2006 22:46:12 +0000
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>>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>>>> Ubuntu Linux Is an Ideal Windows Replacement
>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>>| Having been raised on DOS and the early generations of Windows,
>>>>>| I rediscovered that sense of excitement in a pure computing
>>>>>| experience when I first tried other Linux versions over the
>>>>>| years. However, they required a steep learning curve and
>>>>>| caused too much frustration with setup and obscure command-line
>>>>>| options. Not so with Ubuntu Linux.
>>>> We need another classification - something beyond a disruptive
>>>> technology, something which is so compelling, it's able to overcome a
>>>> corrupt, monopolistic system with the backing of billions of dollars.
>>>> Disrputive just doesn't seem to be the word here...
>>> I'm not sure Ubuntu is disruptive *enough*. Admittedly,
>>> if Ubuntu can land a few good deals with OEMs/resellers,
>> See Mark's Remark: "able to overcome a corrupt, monopolistic system with
>> the backing of billions of dollars". See notes below as well.
>>> it might start the ball rolling. From what little I've
>>> fiddled with it (and it's *very* little), Ubuntu's a very
>>> nice distro -- if one doesn't mind a tasteful brown desktop.
>>> But that's changeable, with a little work.
>> Jury Hears Microsoft Competition Suit
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | A judge on Friday told jurors they must accept as fact that a
>> | federal court found in 1999 that Microsoft holds a monopoly over
>> | computer operating systems and that it restricted computer
>> | manufacturers' ability to use competing systems.
>> | [...]
>> | She said she'll show that the company used its monopoly power
>> | to exclude competition and control prices and that it conspired with
>> | other companies to restrain trade, maintaining what she called a
>> | chokehold on software competitors and computer manufacturers.
>> | "It isn't illegal to be successful," Conlin said in opening
>> | remarks. "We applaud that. ... But you can't freeze out competitors
>> | and punish and retaliate against people who cooperate with
>> | competitors. Microsoft did all that and more."
>> | Conlin warned jurors that she would say some unflattering things
>> | about Microsoft and its billionaire founder Bill Gates, who
>> | serves as company chairman.
>> | [...]
>> | Conlin's first 3 1/2 hours of opening arguments delved deeply into
>> | computer industry history and how Microsoft fought off competitors
>> | attempting to design rival software.
>> Is there wasn't a "chokehold", maybe then you wouldn't need to cope with
>> Best wishes,
> Hm. I'll have to keep half an eye on that one. :-) Of
> course the last DoJ action resulted in a settlement...and
> I'm frankly far from sure it did justice any good.
> But we'll see.
It'll take a long time to fix a broken (software) indutry and legal system
(or government), but here's something for the brown. :-) :-)
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