|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Re: Re: Microsoft is against Perl!?by spacewarp (Pilgrim)
|on Jun 25, 2001 at 20:51 UTC||Need Help??|
Microsoft, on the other hand, I think of as a 'Cancerous' development. They take existing methods, and alter them to operate in a way other than they previously did, wreaking havoc in an otherwise established system, often completely breaking it. There is no 'infection' and rapid mutation to increase fitness of cancer. It just grows, and breaks more that isn't cancerous.
I agree with this completely. The first linux I played with was RedHat 5.2. I've since used 6.0 and 6.2, and 7.0, and through all of them, I have seen no major usability changes. I've been able to effortlessly switch between them.
So, it happens that I'm working on an NT server and the word comes from on high to upgrade the machine to 2000.
Win2k, "built on NT technology", cost us two days of downtime while we tried to figure out differences in the OS. Admittedly, we might not have been as prepared as we should have been, but honestly! If they can't even maintain the usability of their *own* operating system, how they expect to keep their customer base?
What's more, I'd extend the analogy. Micro$oft isn't just cancerous with regard to the software they produce, but with the industry as a whole. I can't help but be reminded of a medical battle, watching the anti-trust case procedings. We try to treat it, the treatment doesn't work, the cancer worsens. I just hope that this cancer isn't ultimately fatal to its host.
Use of this advanced computing technology does not imply an endorsement
of Western industrial civilization.