Re: Why Linux?
You're talking out of your ass. I have never seen a piece of hardware that comes with drivers for commercieal Unixes. Take NVidia, for example, do you see drivers for SCO, Irix, or any other obscure platforms? No. Even some $7 Taiwanese ethernet card I bought the other day had drivers for Linux.
> Well, frankly said, I do not really
> understand the fanaticism surrounding
> Linux. GNU is a cool
> operating system, and a viable UNIX
> solution, but it has many weak points.
> One of them is
> the Linux kernel.
> What we WOULD need is modern, scalable
> software technology. What we HAVE is
> huge and monstrous thawed from a
> prehistorical slab of ice, and then
> decorated with bells
> and whistles beyond recognition. Has
> anybody wondered why hardware comes with
> drivers for Windows and MacOS, sometimes
> even for various *NIX flavors, but
> almost NEVER
> for Linux? Do they know that Linux
> DOESN'T HAVE a unified interface for
> binary, user-space
> drivers? It's not like the hardware
> manufacturers stroke some infernal deal
> with BSA to rid
> the earth of Open Source... They simply
> don't want to give their technology out,
> and as
> things stand now, they don't have the
> RIGHT by LAW to supply closed source
> drivers for
> Linux - if we step beyond the all too
> obvious technical problems with this.
> Also, have a look at WHAT exactly runs
> in kernel space? Well, more than half of
> it could as
> well run in user space, providing more
> stability and scalability. Linux was
> already an outdated
> example of proto-unices when it was a
> mere idea in the head of Linus. Now it's
> a dinosaur,
> trampling great projects like HURD under
> its feet. "Everybody uses Linux,
> why work on
> anything else?"
> Sure, it has nuclear breath and can
> wreck Tokyo in less than an hour... But
> what if I want it
> to fly? :D
> I believe what the UNIX community and
> the platform itself needs is a new breed
> of unices,
> based on new ideas but maintaining
> compatibility to old technologies.
> Things like TRUE i18n
> with universal use of Unicode with
> conversion routines for backward
> microkernel architectures, a modern
> device namespace with compatibility
> fixes, a unified
> hardware device driver interface put
> down in a core standard for POSIX
> systems, and so on.
> MacOS/X is a great new step in this
> direction. I will be cheering for it,
> even from the back of
> my Linux system. Probably this new wave
> will reach the Open Source community
> too, and
> hopefully it won't turn its back...