I was doing some research on Linux at www.linux.org and came across this link to a comment by Bill -f*** the customers- Gates:
Gates: 'Linux makes interoperability harder' - silicon.com
Ok, in English: "Interoperability, n. : (computer science) the ability to exchange and use information (usually in a large heterogeneous network made up of several local area networks)".
Bill is actually criticising Linux for not being good at enabling the exchange of data between different systems? Am I missing something here? Talk about flaming hypocrisy!
Yeah, there may be a few areas where Linux still can't handle the crazy sh** Microsoft has created, that's because Microsoft never f***ing sticks to standards - even it's own standards sometimes! - but for the most part, Linux is actually really good at coping with data from other systems - look at OpenOffice!
Remember the browser wars of the late 90s? Microsoft ignored the HTML standard and bastardised it so that many web pages would only be viewable in IE and not Netscape they also bundled their browser with their OS to force out the competition (doesn't sound so bad until you realise you can never uninstall the f***ing thing -even today). How is that promoting 'interoperability' if you exclude web sites from being viewable in other browsers?
Remember Sun taking Microsoft to court for bundling an implementation of Java with it's OS which (deliberately) didn't match the Sun specifications for Java in a pathetic attempt to burry the technology? That's pretty non-interoperable right there - bitch.
This is pure and blatant scare mongering by Microsoft aimed at managers who don't know any better. It's a sign of the times - they're getting desperate - with good reason. Fire fox is here to stay and more and more people are waking up to the fact that it's the only way to surf the net. I mean, who the hell wants ActiveX components compromising their system?
Microsoft actively strive to be incompatible with everyone else - it's their M.O. How else can they maintain their monopolistic hold on the market?
Haven't you got enough money yet Bill?
Keep trying to throw mud at Linux you sad little man.
Check out how they tried to sue some 17 year old kid called Mike Rowe for creating a web site called www.MikeRoweSoft.com. They obviously failed because the address still takes you to his site. Priceless.