Good bye

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Sat Feb 2 19:08:47 UTC 2008

Richard England wrote:

> Les,
> What OS DO you like.  I'm just curious.

I'm not sure I 'like' any of them because they all have constraints that 
keep them from doing everything I want.  Unix (back in the Xenix, AT&T 
SysVr3/4 days) was the first OS design that made sense to me and I like 
the fact that C code and shell and perl scripts written back then still 
work unchanged under Linux - and always did work across processor types.

Now I use CentOS for special-purpose servers and VMware hosts, Windows 
for work desktops and general purpose servers that have to be able to 
run an assortment of 3rd part apps, a dual boot laptop, and Macs at home.

As an OS, I'd pick OS X as the best mix of unix compatibility, user 
friendliness, and supplying everything you need, including patented 
technology and vendor written drivers.  But, it is tied to certain 
hardware and apple likes to make you buy the same thing over again to 
get minor upgrades so it won't work everywhere (although the $199 price 
for a 5 machine home license for Leopard isn't horrible and it does run 
across the G4 and Intel processor lines).  If you ever did an upgrade on 
a mac or used their included migration tool to move installed users and 
applications to a new machine you'd understand why I rant about the 
unfriendliness of fedora upgrades and updates.  They even migrate 
powerpc processor binaries to Intel hardware seamlessly when you 
upgrade.  So it's hard to buy the Linux claim that they can't keep an 
interface stable from one day to the next even on a single processor line.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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