Re: Linux Core Consortium
On Tue, 2004-12-14 at 18:15 +0100, Tollef Fog Heen wrote:
> This sounds a bit like the government whose country had three
> different types of power plugs. None compatible, of course. Somebody
> then got the great idea that if they invented another one to supersede
> the three plugs in use (since that caused overhead). That country now
> has four plugs in use.
Actually, it's more like the country that has a few dozen different
types of power plugs, and they're all so minutely different from each
other that the consumer has no idea why it's like that, only that if he
buys something that requires electricity, he can only use what he
buys in 50% of the places that have electrical power. Also, the
differences are small enough that he *might* be able to plug in
what he has bought in some of the other places, but he's never
sure if or when the thing he plugs in will blow up. Three of the
six makers of the most common plug types then get together, realize
the stupidity of the current situation, and decide to correct it.
At the very worst, there are two fewer plug types. At the very best,
the dozens of others gradually disappear too. The end result is that
consumers can now buy electrical equipment that work in more places.
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in
the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was
vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may
act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." -T.E. Lawrence