Ubuntu 8.04 Is Ready to Take On Windows

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Fri May 2 14:14:13 UTC 2008

2008/5/1 Francis Earl <francis.earl at gmail.com>:
> Software isn't where the money is, programmers make money if they work
> for a company full time, but even at Microsoft they're not getting paid
> THAT much. Microsofts money all went to the higher ups that ran the
> company, that is evidenced by the richest men in the world lists. You
> think Bill Gates wrote any code himself when Microsoft started getting
> really big?

Er, yes. Bill himself coded critical parts of Vista, as well, it is
said. There was a point in about 2005 when Bill 'threatened' that if
things didn't start going smoothly, he'd start coding himself. About a
month later much of the [kernel? fs? I don't remember] was scraped
(literally, years of work) and Bill got down to coding. And even when
he wasn't coding he was doing code review. Hate his business
practices, but the man is a genius and a leader. You and I would
probably still be using MS products had Bill stayed coding and let
less aggressive folks manage the place (NOT Steve!).

> Today though, as IBM thought it would be, it is finally going back to
> Services and Hardware that make you the money. That is what worries
> Microsoft the most about Linux, and that is why they're trying to insist
> on at least buying from Novell rather than developing it yourself and
> using it at no cost. They know that if software becomes a commodity,
> they will lose billions.

You forget how IBM was once hated as MS is today. That said, I rather
like 2008's IBM.

> That is how it SHOULD be though, although I believe the Linux Foundation
> are onto something by having all companies involved pay for programmers,
> rather than just taking from the community.

Dotan Cohen


A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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