[rescue] OT: Linux and USB on Intel

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Apr 20 15:41:51 CDT 2003

On Sunday, April 20, 2003, at 04:32 PM, Linc Fessenden wrote:
> I never said that either - sheesh!  What I said was that the GNU 
> software
> you are referring to is *NOT* Linux.  It pre-exists Linux by quite some
> time, in fact, I recall it being the *hottest* thing to install a 
> bunch of
> GNU software on your early Sparcstations.

   Indeed, and even the current ones.  Quite true.

> And I suppose you lump in the NetBSD, OpenBSD and FreeBSD community 
> there
> as well?  It's the same stuff after all since we use all that GNU 
> software
> together.

   Not quite.  The BSDs use GCC, and maybe a few other things here & 
there, while pretty much every binary in a Linux machine's filesystem 
is GNU.

> I have seen several instance where businesses change from Unix to Linux
> but mostly that was because of a necessaary hardware upgrade.  $1000 of
> Linux machines can outperform $1000000 worth of old Vax equipt - for 
> short
> term use anyway, and byt the time the PC parts start to break down, 
> they
> have already been depreciated to nothing.

   ...but then your pager beeps at 3AM.  The accounting department is 
happy, but the manager who has to explain the downtime certainly isn't.


Dave McGuire           "She's a cheek pincher.  I have scars."
St. Petersburg, FL                          -Gary Nichols

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