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> Finally, we have the MS Alternative stories. I do not think the
> USGovernment can redeem OS/2 or ought to establish Linux as a
Well, as I've rarely met anyone on-line who gets under my skin in precisely
the same way as Mr. Behrman, I'll limit my comments on his ``know-it-all''
post to just the GROSS inaccuracies:
No one in the MS alternative set has asked, at least on this list, or
to my knowledge, the government to step in on their behalf; that's a joke.
What some of us would like is the government to prevent MS from strong-arming
companies like Compaq and Dell, so that they could one day possibly consider
selling me a computer that I could run Linux on, and for which I didn't have
to pay money for an OS I don't want or need.
Nobody wants the government to reinvigorate OS/2 or establish Linux as a
religion. That's stupidly inaccurate and intentionally inflammatory.
> Finally, as to Discriminatory Conference Pricing, I and many dead
> Texans I admire have been "working on the railroad" for generations
> now, so I am against charging whatever the traffic will bear,
> amusing as I find impecunious geeks and dreadful as some, usually
> non-Southern, plaintiff or criminal defense lawyers can be.
Finally, as I am also a native Texan, and the only impecunious geek who said
anything originally about conference pricing, let me say clearly that I never
used nor would I ever use the word `discriminatory' to describe that pricing.
I did say that I for one, as a student, couldn't afford a thousand some odd
dollars for a two-day conference. The organizers of that conference responded
to me privately with a fee-waiver, and for that I'm grateful.
I brought the issue up only to point out that there was more at stake in the
cumulative case against MS than the purely legal aspects---a fact some on this
list must be hard-pressed to comprehend---and that those other aspects might
have a snowball's chance of being represented at the conference if the pricing
weren't so ``corporate''.
Believe me, if I had a spare thousand laying around the house for conference
registration, I would be glad to spot my own fees. But full-time PhD work has
a way of draining the discretionary funds...
Best to Behrmann, if for no other reason than that he irritates me enough to
cause me to post here regularly. One thing I do agree with him about is that I
do think these issues important enough for healthy debate among adults.
Linux is free. Life is good.