<CT> Re: Microsoft discontinuing support for Win3

  • From: "Brian L. Johnson" <blj8@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 18 May 2001 08:21:43 -0600 (MDT)

On May 18, Alan Grimes directed electrons to calmira_tips@xxxxxxxxxxxxx:

>Linux is the evil operating system from the 70's. =(
>It and IBM's dumb terminals created the market for windows.

* Linux was not around in the 1970s. It was invented in 1991
* Linux has a GUI, it is not just a "dumb terminal"

In fact the GUI is far more advanced than anything MS or any other OS
ever invented, cause it is modular, hyper-configurable and flexible. I
recommend spending a day surfing up the pages on themes.org and looking
at the thousands of screenshots there. You will see that you can make
the Linux GUI look like anything you want it to.

I use a Window Manager called WindowMaker, with the Gnome Desktop - you
can see a recent shot of it at http://www.blj8.com/current-shot.html

(A window manager it the modular part of the X-windows GUI that well,
manages the windows, such as minimizing and maximizing the windows, size
and placement, as well as drawing the titlebars and window borders. You
change the wm, and you change the window decorations, and many wm's such
as Enlightenment and Sawfish you can change the window decorations
themselves as part of the theme)

Now consider this: My box is running a web, mail and FTP server, and
runs X-windows with a rather heavy desktop setup, with Netscape going,
and has been up, GUI and all, for over 15 days now. Can you say that of
your Microsoft-based OS?

As to ease of use, I admit that was once an issue, but nowadays Linux
with X is actually easier to use than Windows, and it's getting easier.
However, I don't think there's anything in the world wrong with having
to think about your computer and understand what's going on with it and
why. Knowledge is good, embrace it. :)


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