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Re: Random thoughts - A spanner in the works

You are forgetting one small factor here - Linux is FREE - DOS/Win 3.11
most definately isnt. Nor is MSWorks.


Gary Allpike

On Wed, 6 Jan 1999, The Oracle wrote:

> Hello all,
> If I may be permitted to 'throw a spanner'
> I am using [not mine] a 386sx/40 8M Ram/100M HDD/16 
> colour/sound card/9Meg Swap file
> .
> OS DOS 6.22 - WIN 3.1
> On board 
> a) the usual Win stuff - Notepad, Write, Screen Savers, Card game 
> 	recording stuff, Paintbrush/MS Works and so on including a 	
> 	/system directory full of no longer needed files + 
> b) Internet - 28.8 Modem + fast comm prog/Trumpet 				
> 	Winsock/Pegusus Mail/WS FTP/Free 	Agent/Iexplorer (now 	
> 	trying Opera - less disk)/ICQ [Win32s]
> All the above works fine reasonably fast (2.6 - 3.0K download) 
> except I do need to reboot with GPF [but not too often]
> So, my spanner is this: If I can do all the above with a GUI {and 
> many people who will receive a ComputerBank machine may have 
> had some similar experience} WHY should I go and use this "new" 
> "funny" OS called Linux and only use text based progs??
> Excepting that I want to get out of the DOS/MS envir AND learn a 
> lot more than I know now - If I was given a machine with only text 
> based clients I would probably reformat the HD and put DOS/MS 
> on board.
> Please do not flame me, this is only to show what could happen if 
> we offer a perceived "lesser" product 
> PS -When I am financial I WILL be buying a new PC and installing 
> Linux.
> Regards,
> Peter