Martin Ling wrote:
> On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 06:23:57PM +0100, Charlie wrote:
> > On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 04:35:09PM +0100, Martin Ling wrote:
> > >
> > > On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 08:13:53AM +0100, Charlie wrote:
> > >
> > > > Note that this was a comparison of a generation #1 product with a
> > > > generation #5 product. And the generation #1 product was in the same
> > > > ease-of-installation bracket as MacOS.
> > >
> > > As a brief point (maybe I'm jumping ahead of Michael here), it's
> > > probably not quite correct to say Corel's is generation #1, being built
> > > on a good deal of Linux development in general, and specifically being
> > > derived from Debian.
> > Iffy point. Corel took Debian 'Slink' and turned it into their own distro.
> > Along the way, they wrote their own installer -- the standard Debian one
> > is (cough, cough) not exactly user friendliness personified -- and then
> > bolted KDE on top of it. They filed a lot of rough edges off of KDE (I
> > suspect their usability testing experience came in very handy) and bolted
> > some extras into the distro.
> Yes, I know - but since all the software it incorporates and builds on
> goes back varying periods of time up to at least 16 years, it's very
> iffy to say it's a generation #1 product even if it is the first release
> by that company (it's a *distribution*, remember).
OK, Windows 1.0... ;)
> > I characterise it as a release 1.0 product; the kernel and command line
> > stuff certainly isn't, but what everyone's judging Corel by is the quality
> > of their installer and desktop integration, and _that_ is definitely still
> > a bit fresh. Although their 1.0 beats SuSE's 6.0 into a cocked hat, IMO ...
> Ew, ew, ew, comparisons of version numbers...
> Remember when MS jumped Word from version 2 to version 6, so people
> would think it was on a par with WordPerfect's 6.0 release?
> Little pet annoyance of mine.
Well, considering that there was a Word 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0b, and 2.0c, then
6.0, while WP went just 2.0,3.0,4.0,5.0,6.0, I don't see it the same way
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