Windows, Linux, The Debate: which is best?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Wed Jan 18 09:49:48 UTC 2006

On Wed, 18 Jan 2006 11:04:04 +0200
"Billy Verreynne \(JW\)" <VerreyB at> wrote:

> Peter Garrett wrote:

> > on principle then, should you not renounce the use of this
> > clearly subversive GNU/Linux, since, according to you, co-operative
> > productions are doomed to a lingering death of false hopes,
> > and epically political/historical proportions?
> Nah.. Now you're putting words in my mouth Peter. I was saying that
> people using and supporting different distribs are unlikely to join
> forces creating a single point-of-entry website to introduce Linux and
> fight the "evils" of Microsoft.

OK - point taken :)  

> > I must have a
> > perceptual disorder, or be dreaming perhaps...
> Well, if you insist.. I won't argue that you seem to have rather a
> serious problem of sorts..

Oh, I have many problems of all sorts <grin> . I suppose I must be a
member of the human race, although that needs checking...

> The communism/socialistic approach says that we should have a single
> distro. For the greater good as we will not confuse the market. For
> the greater good as we use our forces better. For the greater good as
> we can fight The Suits of the Evil Empire of Microsoft better.

Alright - we don't disagree as much as appeared at first. You have
clarified your position, and I have admitted to Serious Problems (tm).
Your use of the term "Greater Good" was rather more specific and sardonic
than it seemed in the post I replied to. (I hope you realise my response
was tongue in cheek...)

> If anything, Linux is about -freedom-. Choosing and using what -you-
> like. Which is why there are so many distros. Which is we have KDE and
> Gnome vying for the same space on our desktops.

*Sounds of cheering *

Well, it looks like we pretty much agree after all !  ;-)


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