Microsoft : Powered by baby seal blubber

I recently had the displeasure of being reminded, once again, of why Linux isn’t gaining ground as fast as it should be.

What seems to be turning into a ritual of sorts, this post was motivated by yet another comment. This time, left on Konrad Strachan’s post on Vista bashing.

It’s quite sad that Konrad’s well thought out post against fanaticism was lost on this individual.

“There is nothing wrong with Vista*, similarly nothing wrong with XP*, nor is there nothing wrong with Linux*, and even with OSX*…”

I think it is more accurate to say there is something wrong with all of them, but Vista is probably the worst. Why? Bloated resource hog, DRM, hardware incompatibilities, etc.

Yes, because Linux will never have DRM enabled software and the guy who wrote the kernel is certainly opposed to it.
And Linux could never be a bloated, resource hog (even with GNOME or KDE installed). And we all know that Linux runs on every piece of hardware available.
Not like the latest ATI would ever have issues on Linux. Even Richard Stallman would have no trouble at all sitting down to have a cup of tea with the good folks at ATI.

BUT, the number one thing wrong with Vista is that it is produced by a giant unethical corporation whose treachery goes back decades.

As opposed to Halliburton whose treachery goes back only a few years and whose participation in an unjust and illegal war has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. This, of course, is in no way contradictory to its business ethics. But that’s nothing compared to the evils Microsoft has commited.

I appreciate your trying to be fair and reasonable, but Microsoft is never “fair” and that needs to be kept in mind when making a choice. Why support a convicted monopolist with your money, when they are doing everything their billions will allow to take away your choice and freedom?

I know!
Microsoft is participating in untold acts of brutality against freedom.
Last I heard they participated in the Dafur genocides as well. And I’m sure the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is a front to secretly take over the world by subjugating the deprived…
Who wants to be fair and/or reasonable when one can make sweeping decisions for everyone else based on personal bias.

Perspective… It really helps to see the big picture.

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The big reason why Open Source software isn’t being adopted as readily as it should be isn’t the compatibility, or ease of use, or the number of choices.
It isn’t the economic model or even the licensing.
It’s the droves of fanatics like this who frighten away otherwise reasonable people who already have an open mind and are willing to adopt new types of software.

Why give such a lopsided picture of Operating Systems? What are you afraid of?

There’s a time and a place to use any bit of software.
Blind allegiance like this goes against the very spirit of Open Source.
The idea is to instill an environment of self-correction through cooperation and sharing. It is the notion of (heaven forbid) accepting change in the face of new ideas as well as improving existing technology based on input by the very users whose lives are affected by them. To build software with heart and soul.
Not spread FUD.

If a better operating system (however you choose to arbitrarily define “better”) than any of today’s OS’s is created, will you come out and say it’s better or will you still keep to your favorite OS?

Some tools are better suited or more cost-effective for certain tasks than others.
Which is why I don’t use IIS to serve web pages at home, even though I come from an MS background. I’ve settled on Debian/Mono instead.
My firewalls are running OpenBSD while my FTP server is FreeBSD. One of my desktops is running SUSE which I use for design work via Blender, GIMP, and Bluefish.

Why?
Because it’s appropriate for my situation to use these operating systems and software.
Why do I still use Windows?
Because’ it’s appropriate for those situations where I need a the Windows platform.

NEVER use or not use a family of tools on brand name alone.
ALWAYS use the right tool for the job based on a reasonable evaluation of what you need. Consider your options carefully. The judgement call should be made on rational and thoughtful reasoning. Not stupidity.

There’s absolutely nothing in this world that should be declared off limits to criticism. The moment these arbitrary taboos are set, we go down a death spiral of self-censorship that we may never recover from. However all criticsm must come from well rationalized and resonable arguments that consider points of view from all sides.

Microsoft wouldn’t nearly be the massive juggernaut it is today if everyone thought more about their software choices and made reasonable assesments of what they need vs what they want.  In fact, they would have had a far superior end product today if this were true. But this isn’t my call or your call. It’s up to the consumer. Sometimes they don’t make the right choices, but it isn’t your place to make that decision for them. All you can do is have enough decency to be intellectually honest so that consumers can make up their mind fairly.

Think the software and tech world is unfair? Lead by example.
Be fair. Be reasonable. Be objective. Be free.

5 thoughts on “Microsoft : Powered by baby seal blubber

  1. MICROSOFT IS TEH DEVIL!!!!!11111oneoeonoeeshift+eleven

    MS does what it does well. I personally enjoy giving it a lot of grief, because I personally do not agree with its business practices, nor do I really use its operating system much. However, I will readily give as objective a summary of the software juggernaut as I can; in fact, I have recommended PC laptops to close friends of mine based on what they cite as their needs. Word processing, web browsing, and email? That’s Windows in a nutshell. Programming in C? Then I might suggest some flavor of *nix. Graphic design and video editing? Go with OS X.

    Even so, nothing but continuing to rub salt in MS’s face will be a worthy substitute of the chuckle I get out of “Microsucks deez nuts” or “Winblows” or even “M$”. Even if I’m the only one chuckling. :P

  2. By the way, I just noticed the tiny little smiley face at the very bottom of your blog. Are you responsible for its presence, or was it part of the template? Either way, I like it!

  3. Aaaaah the smiley face!

    Check the bottom of your blog (or admin page) carefully and you will see one too ;)

    Actually it’s a small graphic that WordPress uses for statistics purposes.

    I completely agree with your position.
    The one inicent that comes to mind is the MikeRoweSoft incident.
    MS Does deserve every bit of grief it gets, however, we can’t compromise our values based on what MS does. We must be objective and reasonable even if MS isn’t, If only to show that the OSS community is not just about producing software or just about the bottom line.

    Speaking of the basics… If any of your friends are only interested in minor everyday tasks like email and browsing, maybe you could recomend a gOS based PC. There are several systems already shipping with it pre-installed.

    I’ve seen the beta and it looks pretty decent. I think it’s a good alternative to buying a PC with Vista Basic installed.

  4. The big reason why Open Source software isn’t being adopted as readily as it should be isn’t the compatibility, or ease of use, or the number of choices.
    It isn’t the economic model or even the licensing.
    It’s the droves of fanatics like this who frighten away otherwise reasonable people who already have an open mind and are willing to adopt new types of software.

    Couldn’t agree more, and this is why I only use Linux nominally these days, though I still like it. I can’t deal with the culture anymore. I just don’t totally believe in it. :p

  5. Hey GF.

    The Linux folks have a really good thing going. I like the software directions they’ve taken lately. But they really, really, really need to work on their PR campaign. They’re starting to make the same mistakes that other (now extinct) software companies made and that’s a real shame. They need to remember that no one is invulnerable.

    The culture is a mix of resistance and angst directed at the establishment, but they need to realize they have to replace their toppled establishment with something more concrete than just ideology. You can’t just knock over the leader and leave a void. You’ve got to have more substance than rhetoric.

    And the only way to get that substance is to actually listen to the users and give them what they want. Not treat them like children or, worse yet, treat non-technical users as invalids.

    I just hope they realize it before it’s too late.

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