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Re: Windows vs. Linux

On Fri, 1 Feb 2002 01:38:07 -0600 Adam Majer <adamm@galacticasoftware.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2002 at 09:49:32PM -0800,  Bruce Burhans wrote:
> >     Someone asked me what the difference between Windows and Linux was,
> > and I presumed to answer:
> > 
> >     Windows grew out of the work of self-involved   gameplayers, and
> > Linux grew out of the work of people
> > concerned with using the computer to make the world a better place.
> > 
> >     That's my impression, anyway.
> Not really :)
> IMHO, Windows grew out of MS-DOS with influence of Apple OS.

Not just in your HO, but that is it in reality.  Anyone involved
with PCs since the late 80s could tell you.
> AFAICT, Linux grew out of need for an _affordable_ and free POSIX kernel
> so that you don't have to spend billions just to run UNIX like
> OS.

It grew out of one man's University homework, and dissatisfaction
with Minix (a tiny, "teaching" clone of Unix written by Linus'
Univerity Professor Andrew Tannenbaum.  Linus wanted a more
POSIX-compatible OS for his 386.  Even though the software was
GPL, World Domination was not on the Agenda.  That came later.

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