,----[ Sajith T S <sajithts@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> ]
| The dialogue here so far have been very civil and open, but I think this
| is unfair :-( Sriram's rants has not been diabolic - rather, it gave us
| a view of the "other side."
I did not want to reopen this thread, but for Sajith's sake, I had to
write this. Any rant advocating MS is diabolic in this list when
as per the jargon dictionary at:
Microsoft: The new Evil Empire (the old one was IBM). The basic
complaints are, as formerly with IBM, that (a) their system designs
are horrible botches, (b) we can't get source to fix them, and (c)
they throw their weight around a lot. See also Halloween Documents.
Some of the rants are sick:
,----[ a rant somewhere in this thread ]
| Though MS licensed a lot of GUI concepts (like
| overlapped windows) from Apple and Xerox, stuff like the start button is
| solely a MS innovation. And what do I see today? Both Gnome and KDE
| shamelessly ripping them off...In fact , nowadays, both KDE and Gnome
| look like a skinned version of Windows. Where is the innovation?
Cars have had start buttons for a long time. Computers also have
power start buttons on them and booting software follows after pushing
on the power start button. It is only logical to have a starting
point for software and there is always a main function that starts the
processes in software. To say that `start button is solely a MS
innovation' is a tall claim and saying that Gnome and KDE shamelessly
ripped them off makes no sense.
The X Server was designed to be used in a networked environment, with
a client/server model in mind in 1980's, before MS Windows came. The
concepts behind X Server are original and not found in other other
operating systems. It is the X Server concept that makes possible
several very different desktop environments - like KDE, gnome,
failsafe, fvwm2, icewm, mwm, olwm, twm, DyDe, Enlightenment and
others, with each environment having their own wide range of themes.
This is an innovative idea that makes a lot of sense, giving
flexibility and usability to support a wide range of users and uses.
Making imputations against KDE and Gnome developers accusing them to
have shamelessly ripped off is to say the least, a diabolic rant.
The final rant could only be called BBDR==Big Boring Diabolic Rant
,----[ BBDR on 02-04-2004 ]
| When I'm fulfilling my role as a student ambassador, I'll be exhorting
| students to start learning .NET and get in touch with other students
| learning .NET. I'll talk about where you can get access to various
| Microsoft technologies. I'll talk about how you can get the resources
| you need from MS. Have I done any of this in any of my mails?
,----[ BBDR on 27-03-2004 ]
| Now, I find this topic's timing ironic because my user group has a
| meeting scheduled in MIT on 28th March (tommorrow). We're expecting an
| audience of over 250-300...and we're going to be doing some fun stuff
| with .NET with some famous industry professionals doing the talking. Its
| gonna be at the New Lecture Hall Complex(opposite Admin block)...and you
| are all invited to come and attend. Its totally free...so why don't you
| drop in and get the other side of the story ?
Now, the Big Question: BBDR raised the Question
 To test memory
 To test patience
 To prove loyalty
 To request the BBDR title
Answer: All the above
BBDR sounds much like a poor copy of the FUD tried elsewhere, and hope
the haunt of BBDR is over and has END