Re: An anecdote (AWOL, 2)
And the UK . I think Upper Management to average shop floor employee pay ratio without compensation package in the us is 1:450 but the compensation packages even make that look like a joke. Germany is 1:4 The UK is 1:150, now these are about 3 year old figures. But the UK shows it really isn't a US thing, though you could say anglo-western thing.
And you are right, though I think that the goal should be that the standard of living world wide should be around the style of American middle classes. But hey money and trade and the movement of money is a strange game.
Re: Why Linux?
Well of course nVidia wouldn't write drivers for Unix. Unix is viewed as a server environment and most workstations that run graphically intesive applications have proprietary video cards. SGI for example. But hardware that would be seen going into a Unix system does have unix drives take scsi controlles. My cheap Intio scsi card came with windows, dos and unix drivers. The state of scsi support in Linux needs some help.
Not one OS system really offers a balance of User Interface and Open Configuration.
POSIX compliance is a start but I believe with the original poster, a rethink of the current Kernel model and some change in design is needed. Just a clean up of the directory structure and layout would be a big leap forward.
I prefer FreeBsd as a server, I prefer Linux as a desktop system. I truly want to afford DEC Alpha true 64 platform but again it is all personal tast plus what you are use to using.
But if this Open Community is to move forward some standardisation and some consideration for the non tech heads needs to be designed into the current operating systems.