Re: Obsolesence of Intellectual Property

From: Matt Gingell (
Date: Thu Aug 03 2000 - 18:25:56 MDT

On Thu, 03 Aug 2000, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
>mjg223 wrote:
>> This is probably still true, but Linux is getting much easier to install
>> and much easier to use - the changes over just the last couple of years
>> have been incredible. That said though - I wouldn't wish Windows on the
>> average Windows user either.
>WHich is bogus. While I got my start with computers as a kid, I stopped
>using them for many years until I left the USAF. At that point was when
>Windows 2.0 was out, and 3.0 was coming out. Installing Windows 3.1 on a
>virgin machine was very easy, and every windows install since then has
>been easier.

Sure, I never claimed there was anything particularly difficult about
installing Windows. I'm sure you'd have no trouble installing any of the
recent Linux distributions either, it's about as effortless as the process,
by it's nature, can reasonably be. That's true whether you paid $5 at
cheapbytes or $45 for a box and a manual.

Installation is a strawman anyway: The non-technical PC user buys a machine
with something installed, and there it stays till a techy friend upgrades it or
the machine dies. Windows is almost certainly easier for the non-technical user
to work with than Linux, at this point, but I think you'd be amazed if you took
a look at what KDE and GNOME have accomplished.


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