Re: prehistory system design
> Windows is actually not any better.
> The only reason why it appears to work
> better in practice is because hardware
> manufacturers go out of their way to
> make sure their hardware works with, and
> often ships with, whatever system the
> consumer is using. MacOS up to version
> 9 tries to address the problem by
> controlling the hardware platform.
> MacOS X is based on a more modern kernel
> architecture, but whether it will
> actually be able to translate that into
> a better "user experience" when it comes
> to hardware, driver, and kernel issues
> remains to be seen.
Last I heard, MacOS X is being based on BSD and
The BSDs are a lot more related to the original and
'archaic' UNIXes than Linux is. And using XFree86
certianly won't be much of an advantage over Linux's
graphics system considering it is XFree86 also.
While I have nothing wrong with Macintosh hardware
technically (that I'm going to complain about at the
moment anyways), the main reason that Macs have
superior hardware compatibility is because Apple has
much more stringent hardware licensing standards
than the non-existant ones for PC hardware.
Re: Demand #1: Are you being fair?
> And now comes the flame war: (some)
> hardware vendors say they will provide
> drivers as soon as Linux has stable
> interfaces. Linus says Linux will not
> have stable interfaces in the short
> term, because they constraint the
> evolution of the kernel.
Windows doesn't have stable interfaces, and it hardly
seems to stop them there.