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Re: Opinions on new PDA please

  • Subject: Re: Opinions on new PDA please
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2006 17:50:43 +0000
  • Newsgroups: uk.comp.sys.palmtops
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__/ [ Martin ] on Sunday 05 March 2006 12:07 \__

> "Chronos" <chronos@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:due88b$hd7$1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> After replacing longgone@xxxxxxxxxxxx with a small shell script on
>> Saturday 04 Mar 2006 22:37, the following appeared on stdout:
>>> Like I say, I use both, and for productivity and throughput m$ wins
>>> for me always.
>> As I have said before, that is you prerogative. I certainly wouldn't
>> advocate people switching blindly from Windows to Linux, BSD or MacOS.
>> Martin is quite correct when he says that if Linux had a larger install
>> base it would attract malware. The same holds for the others. Indeed,
>> MacOS vulnerabilities have started to appear and Linux has had a few
>> worms in the wild for a while.
>> Again, it's all about choice, but IMHO the one place that Linux falls
>> flat on its back is too damn many choices confusing the user. I can't
>> see it attracting that many Windows users away from the platform in its
>> current, diverse and disparate incarnation.
>> MacOS is a step in the right direction for Unix-like OSen, but again it
>> has the drawback of vendor lock-in and specific hardware. BSD is just
>> too CLI-oriented for the pointy-clicky users of today, although PC and
>> DesktopBSD are coming along nicely. DesktopBSD is perhaps the strongest
>> of the two since it uses a GUI front-end to the entire ports
>> collection, giving the user access to some 14,000 applications from the
>> word "Go", including OpenOffice.org-2.0, KDE-3.5.1, GNOME-2.12 and
>> Firefox-1.5. I did find myself dropping to the console to do one or two
>> things when I tried it last, though, so it's not finished by a long
>> stretch of the imagination. Still, it is currently only a testing
>> release.
>> Bottom line: Horses for courses. If you can at least acknowledge my
>> decision to run a Unix-like OS as my primary desktop without thinking
>> I'm some sort of loon obsessed with Makefiles and configure scripts
>> [1], I can do the same for your Windows desktop and be quite happy
>> doing so.
>> [1] Actually, that's a bit unfair. I do compile my entire system from
>> source, so I suppose I am a Makefile-obsessed loon <g>
>> --
>> Chronos
> I put it to the analagy of the keyboard. Most of us in the west tend to use
> a QWERTY keyboard, yet this layout was chosen to stop mechanical print
> hammers from jamming. Yet why have we never changed? People have brought
> out keyboards with layouts that allow faster typing, but by and large
> they've failed. I look at Linux in this way. Whilst it might offer
> benefits, most of us are happy with what we use and don't see the need to
> change.

As I said before: refusal to change and, before you know it, you lag behind
and remain in the past. Novelty has its benefits. For example, are you still
reading pages or do you syndicate hundreds of them using RSS?

You are very stubborn, but I have seen you softening as this thread moved on.

Best wishes,


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