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RE: windows (several) v.s. linux

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I'm not sure I agree with this, since the sucess of an operating system is
not based upon how good it is but how strong the marketing program is.
Linux has been used for a long time by computer hackers since it is the tool
of choice for program pirating. I don't mean this as a negative comment for
the operating system - since it seems - in a back-handed sort of way - like
a compliment for the software's capabilities.
Beyond this, I had tried to download versions of it, but it was not free.
The basic setup was, but important modules were sold for a fee.

IMHO, I doubt that Linux can ever be considered as a threat to even DOS
based upon the strength of the marketing sucess of Windows/NT and even

Dennis Wish PE

-----Original Message-----
From: Caldwell, Stan [mailto:scaldwell(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 1998 12:41 PM
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)'
Subject: RE: windows (several) v.s. linux

According to my son, who is a practicing mechanical engineer
specializing in the large-scale finite element analysis of weird stuff,
Linux will replace all versions of Windows within the next 6 to 8 years.
The current holdups include Linux compatible applications, more drivers,
and further refinement of  the GUI.  Supposedly, there are several
versions that already have an interface similar to Win 3.X.  There is a
wealth of information available on the web, but don't bother looking for
any of it on Microsoft's website.  Linux is a bigger threat to their
future than the Department of Justice!

Stan R. Caldwell, P.E.
Dallas, Texas