Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 15, 2002 04:33 PM
Every time good news comes for Linux, every time a linux company does a logical thing, people managed to bitch about something.
Common, bringing ABORTION RIGHTS into this to prove a point? Comming up with conspiricy theories?
What about the FANTASIES where Windows can "magically" make hardware work? Bullshit. If thats what it takes to make people think a computer is easy, than there is no such thing as an easy to use PC.
And you people are hate money so much can use your coal fueled russian war surplus computer, or basically what we would have if it weren't for industry competition.
Oh, and actually use Lindows before you tell people what it can and cannot do and how well it detects hardware, etc.
Besides, Microsoft can expand into new markets and conquer because it has profit, which means it have spare money to invest. If Lindows can make profit and get spare money, than that is a good thing.
In addition, they do have to release source code to GPL packages that they modify. The distro may have closed stuff on it, but if they do somethign to the Linux kernel without making it a module, they have to release the updates.
Not to mention people complaining about paying for the click'n'run service. You are aware it cost money to pay for labor and servers? Sourceforge may be free for users, but it IS funded by some source. What source? A commercial company who makes profit so they can fund things that don't give an immediate return. If SourceForge's supporters weren't making profits, they wouldn't have money to throw around to fund these enourmous systems.
Besides, you don't have to buy Lindows. Windows is proprietary: Does that mean you are restricted from other platforms? No. Such is Lindows.
Wine compatability: Yes that is a difficult one. Codeweavers seems to be doing okay for programs that they support: Thats why you tell explicitely what should work and what should not.
Walmarts stance on morning after pills: HOW THE HELL DOES THIS EVEN RELATE? ENOUGH WITH THAT ALREADY!
Walmart's business strategy: Note how it is SUCCESFUL. Linux distros usually are NOT. Microsoft is SUCCESFUL. If they put good investment into Lindows, they might be able to make it succeed. It may not be a fair strategy, but if Lindows becomes more successful, hardware support will follow. And of course, Lindows uses the Linux kernel and the XFree86 graphics core, so what hardware works for Lindows will work on other Linux.
Root mode: Thats a stupid one. They could just put a password up on program installers. But that doesn't call for them to DIE.
The machines: Look at it this way. Lindows is the same GFX core and kernel as Linux, so if hardware is put together to work for Lindows, it will work on Slack or Mandrake or whatever.
Risk: Businesses must take risk. Yes, it very well might fall apart after a few months. But you know, the biggest risk here is not taking one. Also, with the name "Lindows" pasted all over it instead of "Linux," the kind of people who buy stuff from Walmart might actually not make a connection. These are computer illiterate people, you know. Most of them would never know that Windows2000 is NT 5.0.