Jerry Lee Cooper: The reason MS can still make a buck

Thanks to Goblin for bringing this to the light…

The following is a vertaitum copy of a post by a certain Jerry Lee Cooper illustrating very clearly why Microsoft is still able to fleece funds out of organizations without delivering as hyped.

Linux looks very interesting, even if some of the screen colours and menu options appear to be a little out of the ordinary.

But you are missing a vital point, a point which takes some experience and depth of knowledge in the field of computers. You see, when a computer boots up, it needs to load various drivers and then load various services. This happens long before the operating system and other applications are available.

Linux is a marvellous operating system in its own right, and even comes in several different flavours. However, as good as these flavours are, they first need Microsoft Windows to load the services prior to use.

In Linux, the open office might be the default for editing your wordfiles, and you might prefer ubuntu brown over the grassy knoll of the windows desktop, but mark my words young man – without the windows drivers sitting below the visible surface, allowing the linus to talk to the hardware, it is without worth.

And so, by choosing your linux as an alternative to windows on the desktop, you still need a windows licence to run this operating system through the windows drivers to talk to the hardware. Linux is only a code, it cannot perform the low level function.

My point being, young man, that unless you intend to pirate and steal the Windows drivers and services, how is using the linux going to save money ? Well ? It seems that no linux fan can ever provide a straight answer to that question !

May as well just stay legal, run the Windows drivers, and run Office on the desktop instead of the linus.

Let’s get a few things cleared up about this…

Linux won’t replace Windows because it’s not trying to be Windows. The idea is to be better than Windows. If Linux only replaces Windows, then it fails to surpass it. I’ve only selected a few lines here as a line by line debunking would constitute the entire quote. Virtually every sentence is either an outright lie or half-truth intended to mislead the reader. It’s entirely possible this individual is a prankster or troll, but in the interest of fairness we have no choice but to debunk these statements.

“even if some of the screen colours and menu options appear to be a little out of the ordinary.”
Jerry seems to be unaware that you can change the look and feel of the desktop in linux using a multitude of software available for the platform. Even to the point of being completely unrecognizable.

“Vista is far more powerful than windows XP, and runs twice as fast”
Misleading

Vista is faster at “certain” tasks whereas there is no improvement and even slower performance in others (I.E. Certain high-demand games that don’t require DX10). After having installed Vista in about 30+ computers, I can clearly see this for myself. This is on identical hardware.

“However, as good as these flavours are, they first need Microsoft Windows to load the services prior to use.”
False!

No mature Operating System that isn’t designed to piggy back on another OS or run as a virtual machine requires spoon fed drivers. You either have Windows/Linux/*BSD/UNIX drivers or you don’t.

“…without the windows drivers sitting below the visible surface, allowing the linus to talk to the hardware, it is without worth.”
Misleading

Take a peek at any major hardware retailer in the past 5 years and you will see an increasing number of models in all functions with available drivers and software for the *NIXes.  Prior to this there have been issues with vendors either not releasing drivers outright or releasing semi-functional drivers/software that is closed source.

“Linux is only a code, it cannot perform the low level function.”
False!

That sentence doesn’t even make sense… “only a code”? Everything is “only a code” in that regard, even Windows. And it’s not “running on top” of anything as it seems to be implied. Linux is not a virtual machine, it’s a stand alone platform that requires no other OS as mentioned before.

There’s Assembly and C code in there, performing low level operations as is required by every OS currently in the market. Dig down into Windows, and you will find Assembly and C as well. Followed by a layer of C++ and C# on top. In the same vein, you will find Python or Perl running atop many Linux distributions. Where’s the difference?

“unless you intend to pirate and steal the Windows drivers and services, how is using the linux going to save money”
Misleading

You don’t need to “pay” for Linux support unless you bought a commercial distro that includes this. You save money by not relying on a release cycle or a treasure hunt through the OS trying to lock down everything. While Microsoft has finally taken some initiative in the Windows Server 2008 release, there are still things to be desired. Linux allows a near unlimited degree of flexibility in regard to clustering and load balancing that Windows still lacks. Couple that with per-client licensing issues and there goes your IT budget.

There’s a tutorial site called How To Forge that deals with industrial grade installations using freely available software for the Linux platform. Considering resources like this all over the Internet, how exactly are you not saving money and time in deployment?

Meanwhile, I have a bone to pick with Marc Wagner, the author of that article as well…

Unfortunately, this is not a choice most people have.  The fault does not lie with Microsoft.  Nor with Dell or its competitors.  The fault lies squarely at the feet of Linux vendors who do not wish to compete against Microsoft for the commodity desktop workstation market. 

Until they figure out that they MUST compete for the consumer desktop to make a serious dent in Microsoft’s dominance of the desktop, they won’t make a dent – and no amount of wishing will make it so.

What a silly statement. This is exactly what distributions like Ubuntu and its offspring Linux Mint are aimed at. There are even several distributions aimed at pre-school and kindergarten through K12 students as well as teachers (I.E. Edubuntu, K12LTSP, Skolelinux). These are most certainly not expected to run on big iron.

No one in the Linux community is wishing while twiddling their thumbs. They’re actually doing something about it.

The hardware vendors for their part could be more forthcoming in their licences for driver releases or at least provide better abstraction code for older hardware.

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3 thoughts on “Jerry Lee Cooper: The reason MS can still make a buck

  1. I don’t know why anyone has yet to mention that this looks and sounds fake. I’m just guessing but this simply sounds like a clever piece of writing. Entertaining.

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