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Re: Linux Core Consortium

On Thu, Dec 16, 2004 at 02:37:09PM -0500, Ian Murdock wrote:
> 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.

s/power plugs/Windows service packs/

Wait... what was the ISVs' argument against having to test their
software on multiple slightly-incompatible distros again? ;-)

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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