Re: Congrats! OS/X in NYTimes

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Sun Sep 17 2000 - 05:45:15 PDT

On Sun, 17 Sep 2000, Jeff Bone wrote:

> > Once again Apple is way way way ahead of anything else, just like NeXT
> > was 20 years ahead. If it worked on x86, it would be a linux killer.
> Darwin boots on Intel, film at 11!

Yea, but users need support, no support no users, no users no point.
But since it's open source, it will soon run on the big-5 desktop CPUs.

> But... BFD. Adam, it's not a Linux killer, because Linux is a
> *culture* / *meme* / *philosophy*, not a product. Get it?

Wrong. Linux is a product, open source is a culture - the part of it
that's not Open Source(tm) anyway. Apple is king of useability,
Microsoft rules the desktop, and Solaris rules the enterprise. Linux is
making little steps into #3, and failing miserably for now at #1 and #2.

Users want something they can use. Even the big linux wonks agree linux
has a long way to go before it will get any kind of real use on the
desktop. Linux isn't useable, it comes "some assembly required", you
have to know what you're doing or have someone who does around.

And if Linux does ever get "mainstream" the geeks will just go work on
something else, geeks as a group HATE anything users use, and will only
support the underdog.

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
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