After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out
this bit o' wisdom:
> ____/ Chris Ahlstrom on Friday 13 February 2009 11:31 : \____
>> They say that with every release. It's even more hoary (but less true)
>> than "This is the Year of the Linux Desktop".
> "The Year of the Linux Desktop" is like "The Year of Eternal World Peace."
> What is "year of"? What does it mean? The year that GNU/Linux achieved all that
> users require? The year that it forced Microsoft into price parity ($0)? The
> year when you could phone a shop and have Linux preinstalled? The year that
> GNU/Linux could practically comprise only Free software?
> Remember that Linux strives not to have a monopoly or "make loads of money."
> Linux wins when it enables its users, whoever they are, to have freedom on
> their own personal computer.
> By some definitions, "year of Linux" is well behind us.
Well spoken, Roy.
Suppose for a moment that the automobile industry had developed at the same
rate as computers and over the same period: how much cheaper and more efficient
would the current models be? If you have not already heard the analogy, the
answer is shattering. Today you would be able to buy a Rolls-Royce for $2.75,
it would do three million miles to the gallon, and it would deliver enough
power to drive the Queen Elizabeth II. And if you were interested in
miniaturization, you could place half a dozen of them on a pinhead.
-- Christopher Evans