Fundamental Misconceptions

A new ZDNET blog post hit the Internet the other day. I found it via Linux Today. First, from the blog the author is described as follows:

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in The History Channel special The President’s Book of Secrets.

It is surprising to see this:

…after all that [Trying to launch VNC], the stupid, horrible, nasty, back-stabbing, disloyal, hodge-podge, disorganized, unsupervised, chaotic craptasm that’s called Linux… after I got the whole thing working, it crashed.

I just can’t afford to waste any more time with Linux. Not when — by design — everything is held together with toothpicks, duct tape, and bailing wire.

I won’t engage in a debate with Mr. Gewirtz’s trials and tribulations. Similar commentary emerges every so often. It is indicative of how complex technology has become. However, it is worth noting that Google (and Android), Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon’s EC2 are built upon Linux (and without it, they would not exist). Linux is about scaling. Do it once, and copy to millions, free of charge. Conversely, proprietary systems are about the user experience, with the economy of scale as an after thought.

For this last quote:

For all of us who have lives, there’s Windows.

Well…at least we have choices.

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