Reality lies somewhere between Cringely and Ballmer and Linus. How about this. Both guys (Ballmer and Torvalds) make really shitty software. Microsoft, after decades of Windows development still can’t make a robust operating system that a normal person can use. And Linux ships with every security feature wide open. An end user who actually installed it (an amazing accomplishment in itself) would end up (instantly) hosting a playground for script kiddies everywhere. And the user interface of Linux sucks. Windows isn’t totally terrible. It’s a huge embarassment that with many billions of dollars, dozens of years, and billions of man-hours, this is the best the human species can produce.
Winer on Windows and Linux
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