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____/ -hh on Thursday 21 Jul 2011 12:58 : \____
> Roy Schestowitz <newsgro...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> ____/ Homer on Thursday 21 Jul 2011 04:43 : \____
>> > Verily I say unto thee that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
>> >> And welcome to cola, hh! (never seen hh before)
> Try checking your killfiles, since I choose to post from Google
> Groups, which some people put a global block on and never bother to
> whitelist exceptions.
> I've been occasionally on COLA, often prompted by some inane COLA/CSMA
> crosspost. Stopped by yesterday to see if there was any reasonable
> discussion on a Linux topic (*) ... unfortunately, didn't find any
> signs of intelligent life on it ... but did notice that this one was
> somewhat interesting and relatively flame-free, so provided a
> (*) - topic that I was looking for insight was on the possibility of
> the current Windows Phone OS potentially getting a bounce (lift) due
> to customers (cellular providers) being scared away from Android due
> to the current outcome of the Apple-HTC IP lawsuit. IIRC, this
> mentioned the China cellphone market.
>> > He's an Apple fanboi, anti-choice nut and a piechart dilbert who spouts
>> > meaningless gibberish in defence of proprietary software, with
>> > apparently zero understanding of how the Free Software ecosystem works
>> > whatsoever.
>> > Read this very long thread to see for yourself:
>> Thanks for the headsup. Seems relatively harmless, still.
> Homer apparently "doesn't like me" because his superficial posturing
> gets dissected, and their logical flaws and lies get revealed. But
> of course you probably already know to take his claims with a grain of
> salt. It is also salt in his wounds when I remind COLA that I *used
> to* run Linux desktop, but no longer do so...
> In my hopefully impartial view, Linux has been successful in that it
> has found a niche in appliances, server farms and feature phones. It
> has been a loser on the personal desktop and the fight for the
> smartphone+tablet market is ongoing and is going to be an interesting
> one. Presently, it appears to have a competitive marketshare in terms
> of units, but is clearly at a big disadvantage at the same marketshare
> when expressed in revenue and developmental ROI...if not for deep
> pockets provided by Google, the battle would already be over.
> But of course none of this really discusses the products on just their
> technical merits.
> Of course, that's also true for a healthy segment of the advocates,
> since all too often their perspective isn't about technical
> superiority at all: merely that it is cheap (free). Sure, "cost" is
> yet another dimension to the overall factors for a consumer to
> consider, but there is not utterly "right" or "wrong" formula for how
> the consumer is to weight together all of these various factors,
> regardless of how many flaming torches are being held up by the
> religiously intolerant to try to force it to be "their way" only.
I can think of only one person who adopted Linux because of cost.
Many people just want something that works for them (Linux)
and also to escape what doesn't work (Windows) and what doesn't
comply with the law (Microsoft).
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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