[Coco] Re: [Color Computer] Anyone following the latest Microsoft and Linux debacles?
gene.heskett at verizon.net
Sat Dec 25 01:10:45 EST 2004
On Friday 24 December 2004 22:54, George H wrote:
>I'm just curious if anyone has followed the latest debacles of
>Microsoft warning Asian Governments like Singapore with lawsuits
> over proprietary rights in SCO Unix, because they went Linux
> instead of Windows.
>After reading the messages here on a creation of a joystick with
> built in Commodore 64, it reminded me of those days of innovation
> when 8 bit computers were well proliferated.
>I got my start out of a Timex Sinclair TS1000 then a RS Color
> Computer II. Moved onto OS-9 and ADOS.
>Then MS took the world by the storm with Windows 3.1 on a PC. All
>innovation started eroding. MS dropped BASIC from their later
> Windows systems. Now MS is killing innovation with their WPA,
> which hinders someone who continually likes to upgrade like me.
> Solution? Buy another box of XP. That's not a solution.
>I am to the point I am about to trash my two copies of Windows XP
> and upgrade to the latest Linux. It just surprised me (but I
> shouldn't be surprised) that MS is now trying to take down the
> Linux world.
>As I did a search on available games for Linux, there are a few good
>commercial ones out there. As it gains more momentum, I'm hoping
> that it gains further lead.
>We may have prettier graphics in XP with the faster hardware, but I
>still miss the days of innovation. There has been nothing to
>encourage innovation with MS such as bundled programming languages,
>decent graphics editors, etc.
>Enough of my ranting, hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas.
Well, if you decide to jump the M$ ship (its sinking you know) then
welcome to linux, where we still carve code from time to time, and
some of it is quite tasty. I did my Christmas cards the hard way
this year, and when I handed them out, folks wanted to know what
print shop did them for me. With my $110 Epson C-82 printer running
in 1440x1440 32 bit color mode, adjusting things with the Gimp-2.0,
and printing them with Gutenprint-5.0beta2, my cards couldn't be told
from ones from a chemical darkroom without getting out a ruler to see
if they were on 8x10 chemically developed photo paper, or std 8.5x11
matt finished printing photo paper. I rather enjoyed saying I used
linux to do all that as it raises eyebrows, even among the folks that
think they know me. And I like raising eyebrows :-)
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