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[News] Example of Why GNU/Linux is Needed to Ensure Customer Choice

  • Subject: [News] Example of Why GNU/Linux is Needed to Ensure Customer Choice
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:31:48 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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All Hail Our Benevolent Corporate Overlords

,----[ Quote ]
| After reading Electronics Manufacturers Use US 
| Legal System to Thwart Hardware 'Hacks' I was 
| all set to type a fiery response, but Linux 
| Today readers beat me to it. In a nutshell, 
| the tech industry is accelerating its attacks 
| on our rights to do what we want with our own 
| property.
| The article is full of revealing quotes from 
| industry apologists, who all display an 
| astonishing un-awareness of how asinine they 
| sound. It was hard picking a winner, but I 
| give the prize to Leander Kahney, author and 
| editor, who says this is why Apple is so bent 
| on micromanaging what its customers do with 
| their own property:
|     "Apple is selling directly to consumers, 
|     who aren't the best guardians of their own 
|     self-interest. The open PC model works for 
|     knowledgeable users who know what they are 
|     doing and how to protect themselves, but 
|     not so for 15-year-old fashionistas and 
|     techno-phobic geriatrics," Kahney said. "A 
|     measure of lockdown is exactly why Apple 
|     is successful - it hides complexity while 
|     ensuring a certain level of reliability 
|     and stability. The vast majority of 
|     Apple's customers are utterly unconcerned 
|     - they could give two hoots that they 
|     can't hack their devices." 
| Isn't that special. The nice people at Apple 
| are making sure that dumb kids and senile old 
| people, and all the rest of us don't hurt 
| ourselves, because we're too stupid to make 
| our own decisions. Last time I was in Home 
| Depot I saw high-powered welding machines, 
| bandsaws, nailguns, great big heavy pieces of 
| lumber, bottles of sulfuric acid and muriatic 
| acid, pesticides, and many other scary 
| dangerous products that anyone could buy.


Days ago:

Windows: Choice But No Choice

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| In the area of window managers Linux users
| are completely and totally spoiled rotten. We
| constantly debate the merits of one desktop
| environment/window manager over another. We
| argue over what programs are better than
| others, what versions of those programs we
| like over another and getting in world class
| pissing contests all the while crying about
| what we wish they would do better or
| differently. I wish Windows users had this
| problem, but they don't. Why? Because they
| have no choice.
| [...]
| We have gotten fat on the bounty of choices
| and drunk with the power of functionality
| they provide us. Go use a generic NT, 2000 or
| XP setup for a week and then try and tell me
| that KDE, GNOME, Xfce, Enlightenment etc. are
| really that much better or worse than each
| other. Because compared to the Microsoft
| window manager in any version of Windows, any
| Linux window manager blows it away.

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