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Linux is a joke

Once upon a time the computer market was dominated by the commerce guilds in the form of Microsoft and Apple. Some people used computers in a more professional way and had knowledge of an operating system even predating the GUI’s, called Unix. Unix, although far more difficult to use than either Windows or a Macintosh, also provided a lot more support to actually “do” something with the OS.

If you wanted to connect two computers together with a serial or parallel cable in order to transfer files then all you had to do was buy software such as Laplink or Norton Commander. And the cable of course 😉 Only then could you make the connection. Because your operating system itself wouldn’t support any of that. Unix on the other hand didn’t have this limitation. The OS provided tons of different features, including the ability to connect computers using serial, parallel and network links.

This eventually inspired the creation of Linux. A free Unix-like operating system which would not suffer from the burden and oppression which was enacted by the powerful companies. It would be an operating system build by professional hobbyists for professional hobbyists and it would embody the freedom of computing; giving the power of computing back to the users.

And now, many years later, I cannot help but wonder if Linux hasn’t turned into the very same thing it protested against.

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July 5, 2018 Posted by | Editorial, TechBlabber | Comments Off on Linux is a joke