Apr282005

The Longhorn will blow

Bill Gates said the top priority for Longhorn was better securityAnother Windows Longhorn preview was given this time at the Microsoft’s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference according to RedmondMag.com.

This time Bill Gates decided to show the new desktop design, the improved searching, statements about better and stronger security, and a little fist in the face for Adobe: Metro, a new document format to print and share documents that is based on XML.

This new version of the widely used Windows is expected to be shipped to stores sometime in December 2006, but Bill Gates assured that a beta version would be available during United States summer.

There has been lots of fuzz about Longhorn. Some interesting, some other rather minor improvements. The truth is that I am anxious to give it a try. Now, a note has to be made. For all Linux fanatics out there (and some Mac as well.) Fanaticism is not a good thing. It’s an exhesive enthusiasm, an unreasoning zeal, wild and extravagant notions.

The thing that surprises me the most is that Linux was born as an option. All these years we knew that Linux was supposed to offer an alternative to the so-called Windows Monopoly. One would call it “freedom of OS choice.” However, Linux fanatics describe it as the ONLY operating system that is worth using. That doesn’t sound like a choice to me. It sounds more like a “theory” monopoly.

I have been using computers since I was eleven years old. I used different operative systems, you name it: DOS, Windows 3.1/95/98/NT/2000/2003/XP, Linux RedHat/Debian/SuSE/Mandrake, HP-UX, SunOS, OS/2. They all have their ups and downs. Some of them are good for some things, while bad for others. I cannot enfatize this more strongly: there’s NO perfect OS, just as there’s no perfect software.

Who can honestly say that Linux is the best? Or Windows? Or CP/M for that matter? Who can explain in a coherent way why any OS, without falling into a fanatic statement (remember the definition), is better than any other for every situation? Did you try all OS out there? Yes? Really? Did you try Java Desktop System? What about HP’s VMS? Tried AmigaOS as well? Mach (not a mispell, it is Mach, not Mac)? BOS, TI99-4, Masix, … ? Now, think again, can you tell me why YOUR OS is the best? Can you proove it?

Software programming is not only about making money, its about learning. Learn to learn, and then we’ll keep talking.

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