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Old 03-06-2013, 04:09 AM   #1
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Computers and cars


If you are a car fan you'll like this.

Your computer running on Windows

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1mAe697koY

Your computer running on Linux

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRsV6YpLsKA
 
Old 03-06-2013, 02:47 PM   #2
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Good analogy :-)
 
Old 03-06-2013, 03:07 PM   #3
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Good analogy :-)
:~$ Thanks
 
Old 03-08-2013, 10:25 AM   #4
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I always perceived Linux as a solid off-road vehicle and Windows as some fancy automobile. (Attention: the word “fancy” in the previous sentence isn’t compliment at all – I didn’t used it in a positive meaning not even once in my lifetime.)

In the other words: Linux is a tool for the adult people while Windows is a toy for big boys and big girls. That’s my point of view.

I’m sorry but all those Ferrari look horrible. Ugly automobile for bald nouveau riche with oversized stomach and his blonde beauty with oversized mouth, breasts, and hips.

So I appreciate your intentions but I deplore the realization. (Just try to imagine red Ferrari bogged down in a muddy hole and Chevy pickup speeding on the road – that’s the right analogy.)
 
Old 03-09-2013, 12:44 AM   #5
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder-
 
Old 03-09-2013, 02:11 PM   #6
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I would rather see it this way:
Windows is a family car, a car that can suit all your every-day needs, but with the price of being average on most fronts.
Linux can be what you want, from the 30 tons truck (reliably lifting the heavy stuff in server and HPC environments) over the station wagon (like most desktop systems) to single seat motorbikes, fast, small, but for one user only (like on tablets/phones).
And if you want you can even built something like this with it.
 
Old 03-09-2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder-
Indeed.

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Linux can be what you want [...]
That’s the point.

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(We all missed Mac OS.)
 
Old 03-09-2013, 05:47 PM   #8
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I'll just leave this here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_The_...e_Command_Line
 
Old 03-09-2013, 09:03 PM   #9
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I just started to read “In the Beginning... Was the Command Line” by Neal Stephenson. Very interesting reading. Thank you for the link.
 
Old 03-09-2013, 11:22 PM   #10
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Neal Stephenson called Linuces “tanks” in order to distinguish them from Windows NT called “off-road vehicles”.

As TobiSGD said: “Linux can be what you want”.

I still perceive my Slackware Linux as off-road vehicle (hybridized with an amphibious vehicle and a helicopter so I can not only drive it everywhere but also sail and fly using it). Moreover it’s personalized so much that almost no-one would be capable to use it without the solid investigations. It isn’t a drawback because only I use it.

On the other hand Linux Mint that I set up and then install on my family members and friends machines is a family car similar to Microsoft Windows but by a long way much better.

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Old 03-10-2013, 12:40 AM   #11
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Neat article!
 
Old 03-10-2013, 12:45 AM   #12
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I hope you mean that link Essay Homepage including link to download the full text that leads to the essay rather than the Wikipedia article.
 
Old 03-10-2013, 12:46 AM   #13
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I would rather see it this way:
Windows is a family car, a car that can suit all your every-day needs, but with the price of being average on most fronts.
Linux can be what you want, from the 30 tons truck (reliably lifting the heavy stuff in server and HPC environments) over the station wagon (like most desktop systems) to single seat motorbikes, fast, small, but for one user only (like on tablets/phones).
And if you want you can even built something like this with it.
Ah; the Reliant Robin, saw it on "Top Gear"
http://www.topgear.com/uk/
 
Old 03-10-2013, 01:43 AM   #14
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Neal Stephenson wrote:

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Hostility towards Microsoft is not difficult to find on the Net, and it blends two strains: resentful people who feel Microsoft is too powerful, and disdainful people who think it’s tacky.
I discovered the third kind of the people:

The disappointed ones who think that Microsoft systems are limited and don’t allow the user to use the full power and the all possibilities of the machine.

So far I got to know at least one such a user: me.

***

Now I think I’m the subset of the latter group mentioned by N. S.

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Old 03-10-2013, 03:27 AM   #15
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The funniest paragraph from “In the Beginning was the Command Line” so far:

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Anyone who has ever bought a piece of software in a store has had the curiously deflating experience of taking the bright shrink-wrapped box home, tearing it open, finding that it's 95 percent air, throwing away all the little cards, party favors, and bits of trash, and loading the disk into the computer. The end result (after you've lost the disk) is nothing except some images on a computer screen, and some capabilities that weren't there before. Sometimes you don't even have that--you have a string of error messages instead. But your money is definitely gone. Now we are almost accustomed to this, but twenty years ago it was a very dicey business proposition. Bill Gates made it work anyway. He didn't make it work by selling the best software or offering the cheapest price. Instead he somehow got people to believe that they were receiving something in exchange for their money.
I bought just one program in my lifetime: English-Polish and Polish-English Collins Dictionary by YDP (Young Digital Planet). It has horrible Windows interface but I use it in Linux with ydpdict interface written by Wojtek Kaniewski (I contributed his program a bit).
 
  


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