Microsoft Hatred FAQ

John Bokma john at castleamber.com
Sun Oct 16 02:19:39 CEST 2005


joe at invalid.address wrote:

> John Bokma <john at castleamber.com> writes:
> 
>> "David Schwartz" <davids at webmaster.com> wrote:
>> > 
>> > "Tim Roberts" <timr at probo.com> wrote in message 
>> > news:a103l1tkejrc99s0385qjqqhm96d46dpc4 at 4ax.com...
>> > 
>> >> Part of their behavior really escape me.  The whole thing about
>> >> browser wars confuses me.  Web browsers represent a zero billion
>> >> dollar a year market.  Why would you risk anything to own it?
>> > 
>> >     It really isn't that hard to understand that web-based
>> >     applications that work in any browser on any OS threaten
>> >     to make it irrelevent what OS you're running.
>> 
>> And it's even easier to understand that your statement is nonsense.
>> 
>> It doesn't matter which Linux distribution you pick, all use the
>> Linux kernel. On all I can run OpenOffice, and get the same results.
>> Yet people seem to prefer one distribution over one other.
> 
> He was talking about the browser war, and gave a pretty good reason
> why it was important. So you respond by pointing out that people
> choose a linux distribution for personal (non-technical,
> non-marketing) reasons. I think I missed the connection.

web based applications that work with any browser make OS irrelevant ->
not true, since for OpenOffice it doesn't matter which Linux 
distribution one runs (or even if it's Linux), yet people seem to make a 
point of which distribution they use.

>> > MS has a strong interest in making sure it's important
>> > to be running on one of their OSes.
>> 
>> Maybe *they* do have a point :-).
> 
> Which is?

That it *does* matter. It doesn't matter which brand makes your graphics 
card, since most stick close to the reference design of the GPU chip 
supplier, yet people take the brand in consideration when they buy.

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