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____/ Bamm on Monday 19 May 2008 07:33 : \____

>> Imagine a village fool of villains where it's hard to recognise
>> non-villains. The trolling in this newsgroup has led people to prejudice
>> against unfamiliar names (trolls tend to change names very frequently to
>> escape filters, so new names always arouse suspicion).
> Thanks. I understand it better now.
> It's easy to google a person though, to check if he or she is for
> real. Search for "Bamm Gabriana" brings up 1,950 results, so my
> Internet actions are no secret.
> Also my subtle push for Linux support in the astro support groups,
> most importantly in the Astronomy Common Object Model (ASCOM) which is
> a middle layer between the telescopes and the astronomy programs.
> http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/ASCOM-Talk/message/14172
> So my point is I am advocating Linux, I understand its deficiencies in
> my chosen field, I am working to close the gap, and I know that the
> best way to advocate Linux to a niche field like mine is to have a
> clear understanding of what works and what doesn't, so as not to give
> false hopes to my peers.
> Jumping the gun on people who report Linux deficiencies (with the
> sincere desire to have it improve soon) does not help much with Linux
> advocacy. I would prefer if these guys pointed me in a direction which
> I can get help rather than challenging all my assertions and calling
> me names.

Bringing up deficiencies or weaknesses in this forum is giving ammunition to
what's been known as Microsoft Munchkins (paid agents tgar Microsoft uses, to
this this date, to spread information in blogs and forums, e.g. [1,2]). So,
yes, I understand why you're facing some weird hostility...

On the high end/cutting edge, Linux is actually doing pretty well, but it
depends on the niche. In animation/video production, for example, with
renderers and programs like Maya 3D, there was a move from Solaris to Linux,
IIRC [3,4]. A few use Macs in that domain, but it's largely dominated by
Linux. Windows is actually more of a joke there. Astronomy might be a case of
tipping point.


[1] Microsoft pays star writers to recite slogan

,----[ Quote ]
| The stodgy old media industry has a rule that newspaper reporters, and TV 
| news hosts, shouldn't trade on their public trust to endorse products.



,----[ Quote ]
| In 2001, the Los Angeles Times accused Microsoft of astroturfing
| when hundreds of similar letters were sent to newspapers voicing
| disagreement with the United States Department of Justice and its
| antitrust suit against Microsoft. The letters, prepared by Americans
| for Technology Leadership, had in some cases been mailed from
| deceased citizens or nonexistent addresses.



,----[ Quote ]
| "Linux is the default operating [system] on desktops and servers at major
| animation and visual effects studios, with maybe 98 percent [or more]
| penetration," CinePaint Project Manager Robin Rowe told LinuxInsider.



Studios Using Linux

,----[ Quote ]
|     * Digital Domain
|     * Disney
|     * Double Negative
|     * DreamWorks Animation
|     * Flash Film Works
|     * Hammerhead
|     * Industrial Light & Magic
|     * Moving Picture Company
|     * Pixar
|     * Rhythm & Hues
|     * Sony Pictures
|     * Tippett
|     * Weta Digital 


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