[rescue] OT: Linux and USB on Intel

David Passmore dpassmor at sneakers.org
Sun Apr 20 13:57:59 CDT 2003

On Sun, Apr 20, 2003 at 02:56:19PM -0400, Dave McGuire wrote:

>    Hmm...I understand your point, and I agree that it's a good point, 
> but I'm not sure that I agree with it entirely.  Windows, in my 
> opinion, has damaged the computer industry (and the science) possibly 
> irreparably by teaching people that computer failures are "normal" and 
> that computers "just do that" and that it's "ok" to need to reboot 
> constantly.  This, and its associated cost in terms of support, lost 
> work, and lost time, I believe is a much larger problem.

Linux has taught the computer industry that hardware failures are normal,
that cheap power supplies "just fry", that hardware is cheap, obselete
quickly, and that it's "ok" to need to replace machines constantly.

It's also bringing up a generation of computer users who think that getting
software is a free ride, that there should be no intellectual property, and
that OS concepts that were old twenty years ago are okay in a modern OS.


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