[lug] FUD -- Big time....

John Starkey jstarkey at advancecreations.com
Wed Mar 14 23:44:16 MST 2001

Sean Reifschneider wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 14, 2001 at 09:14:56PM -0700, John Starkey wrote:
> >Sounds like a group of MCSEs..... "what's wrong???" .... "I added a Zone
> >file and it don't work" ..... " try a reboot".
> Yeah, funny thing with working with people who use Windows...  Windows
> often has enforced ignorance -- you CAN'T know how it works, so there's
> not much you can do except reboot (which it tells you to do all the time).
> It gets people in the training of just rebooting a machine whenever it's
> not acting as you expect.  So...  People apply that knowledge to Linux.
> "I've changed sendmail.cf, so now I need to reboot."  "Whoa!!!", I say...

I think they're putting out their feelers a little though. They've extended
the "Viewable Source Code" Policy on Win2000. They say it's only to allow
those bigger customers, ones with 1000+ licenses, the opportunity to
understand the code better. IMHO it's more of a lesson from the open source
community -- have 10,000 people looking at your code and you're gonna find
the better answers. M$ will benefit either way. Their people will put out
much better code, because they know they're biggest customers will see their
work, and on the other hand they'll get the answers to their most common
question: "what are we doing wrong"? God knows noone will be stealing their
code... :}

DOS is out the window. The Blue Screen of Death is gone. And I just installed
ME three times in 24 hours and it still had to reboot 3 times/install but
that's better than after every driver config with other versions (and much
worse than one reboot per linux kernel install)....

Oh, I figured out M$'s install script:

while (install) {
    echo 'exception error; windows must now restart';

But of course that's a bit of reverse engineering on my part. :}

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