The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 March 2007

Why clues are precious

This has got to be an early April Fool joke:

Are you saying that this linux can run on a computer without windows underneath it, at all ? As in, without a boot disk, without any drivers, and without any services ?

That sounds preposterous to me.

If it were true (and I doubt it), then companies would be selling computers without a windows. This clearly is not happening, so there must be some error in your calculations. I hope you realise that windows is more than just Office ? Its a whole system that runs the computer from start to finish, and that is a very difficult thing to acheive. A lot of people dont realise this.

The old rule about "when you're in a hole, quit digging" never occurred to this guy:

Microsoft just spent $9 billion and many years to create Vista, so it does not sound reasonable that some new alternative could just snap into existence overnight like that. It would take billions of dollars and a massive effort to achieve. IBM tried, and spent a huge amount of money developing OS/2 but could never keep up with Windows. Apple tried to create their own system for years, but finally gave up recently and moved to Intel and Microsoft.

Its just not possible that a freeware like the Linux could be extended to the point where it runs the entire computer fron start to finish, without using some of the more critical parts of windows. Not possible.

Either Steve Ballmer wrote that under the influence of a large hammer to the forehead, or this is the most clueless individual ever to scream at a technician at a computer store.

Mike adds:

Even my dad laughed at the article, and he has limited knowledge of computers. It's incredible that people can use computers, but not even be aware of the existence of alternatives.

(Via Doc Searls.)

Update, 18 March: By gum, it was a joke. Whew.

Posted at 9:14 AM to PEBKAC

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