RE: [Fwd: Corel Intel Deal in the making]

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Fri Mar 10 2000 - 09:28:56 MST

> > , and linux's network capabilities are surperior to
> > windows in all respects.
> *All* respects? Not quite. There is nothing in Unix-land (or anywhere
> else, AFAIK) that even begins to compare with the capabilities of COM+ for
> writing distributed applications.

Having written a lot of distributed code, I can say I'd rather use Java
RMI and CORBA any day over DCOM.

> > > or that the
> > currently available UIs are no good (Irrelevant, you can put any UI on
> > top of Unix you want. Hopefully soon open source UIs will achieve ease
> > of use parity with Windows (e.g., <>) and some
> > developers will move on to more radical interfaces.)
> Now, I thought it was supposed to be the evil Micro$ofties that tried to
> treat vaporware like a current feature. :-) I could say the same thing
> about Windows with equal accuracy (after all, it runs POSIX applications,
> DOS programs, and all the major Unix shells, and Microsoft could easily slap
> other interfaces on top if they wanted to). The questions are:
> 1) Is there anything decent you can use now (and if you have to compile it
> yourself, you've completely missed the point as far as the mass market is
> concerned).

Yes, Eazel is vaporware, but KDE isn't, and Corel's customized KDE is
competitive with Windows/MacOS. Corel really did their homework: it
ain't your father's Red Hat.

> 2) Is there reason to think that X years of improvement in Linux UIs will
> yield better results than X years of improvement in Microsoft UIs? (And it
> would be nice if the reason amounted to more than 'oh, open source will
> automatically make everything wonderful'.)

There is one other reason: Unlike Windows and MacOS, Unix GUIs won't be
as handcuffed by an installed base. Since existing Unix UIs have many
differences among them, Unix software tends to be written in a non UI-
specific manner, so it can more flexibly adapt to new ones. And open
source (of popular apps if not the UI) _is_ a big advantage: if a new
UI-maker wants to show off his stuff with popular apps, he doesn't have to
talk the appmakers into supporting him, he can just do it himself: witness

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