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Re: [Op/Ed] Linux: Freedom; Mac, Windows: Lockin

__/ [ Linonut ] on Sunday 23 April 2006 20:33 \__

> After takin' a swig o' grog, Tim Smith belched out this bit o' wisdom:
>> In article <2729528.C0QWJeqRPn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
>>  Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> quoted:
>>> | So what we have is a situation where, if we so choose, we can have two
>>> | separate and totally independent proprietary operating systems running
>>> | on the same computer. However, we can?t have them both running at the
>>> | same time and they can?t interact with other because they?re isolated
>>> | in separate universes. The users in each universe are locked into their
>>> | own system and have to reboot to get into the other system.
>> Really?
>> <http://www.tzs.net/macwin.tiff>

While that sentence neglects to account for tools like VMWare and
virtualisation in general, the root of the column was interoperability and
exchange of data. Could you drag and drop drive C onto iDisk, for example?

> Arrgh, too many icons!  And your window buttons are backward!
> http://home.comcast.net/~linonut/screenshots/desktop.jpg
> I added two more windows buttons for "sticky" and "shade".

Did you mean "window buttons"? There are potentially up to 6 or 7 in the
latest of KDE. Most are unneeded for practical purposes and they can be
reached from the window's context menu. Personally, I assign shortcuts to
each because it's quicker once you get used to it. In both GNOME and KDE I
use <Alt>+F6 for shade and <Alt>+F7 for minimise, among others. When focus
follows mouse, you can handle many windows very quickly.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz      |    "Pentiums melt in your PC, not in your hand"
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