Can't say I read it all.
However, a comment on the point he made in the beginning, wrt the dealerships.
Sure, the Linux dealership are making invulnerable, nigh-perfect, tanks. However, it's not allowed to drive on the common roads, nor is it allowed to drive offroad. Sure, the Linux dealership tries to alleviate this by making their own roads to places people want to go. However, the quality of these roads vary heavily, and they don't lead everywhere, notably, not to Las Vegas (computer games). Sure, they've made roads to their own little shacks with slot machines, but it's not the same.
What the Linux dealership should be doing is contacting the road owners (software developers), and try to lobby to make it allowed to drive the tanks on the real roads.
Originally written in 1999. I thought would be better known by people than what I'm reading here in the comments.
This was nice, but this person certainly has to either write in a more summed up way , or add some kind of preface or an abstract for the person wanting to know whether or not devoting time to read it is worth the effort.
It was long and the whole point was, to use Linux since they are powerful and all other OSes are mostly GUI-oriented. Both are true statements but I just stated it in 1 sentence.
Still an interesting read and I agree with the author.
Ten years later, I wonder what this guy thinks of Ubuntu?
Apple wasn't the beginning, so it quickly became tl;dr
Brilliant, hilarious, philosophical, all in one! It would be great if the author did a bit of updating to it though, as it is nearly a decade old.
I love the review stating he was "too verbose". Clearly they've never read Neal Stephenson. Like all his works, this could do with a tight edit, but it's still a great read.
It is quite interesting; But I do not have that much patience to read this loooooooooooooong one.
Still I like it
awesome, a bit dated, and i tad biased, but still incredibly written
satisfyingly geekish ;-)
In the beginning was the command line...
awesome, took me a while, convinced me to switch to LInux, reminded me of my days programming Z80's WITHOUT a complier, pokeing Hex but very thought provoking.