OT: Mac vs Win partisanship is unnecessary

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 05:56:41 EDT 2010

> Last night I sat in a restaurant with a man who runs a small electronics
> factory here in Plovdiv;
> at present all of his computers run on Windows. He wants to change over to
> Linux because
> various people have told him it will be cheaper.
> He uses extremely specialist software written for Windows to program his
> electronic "thingies"
> (that was where both my electronics and my Bulgarian failed me). He has
> heard about WINE.
> I told him that the answer was multi-facetted and depended on all sorts of
> variables which I was
> completely unable to answer until I had tried runnung all these special
> programs with WINE; seeing if
> running under WINE they would connect with the thingies, and so on, and so
> on . .  . .
> And I told him that, ultimately the 'aggro' of such a change over might just
> be more trouble than it is worth.
> He was shocked and surprised at what I told him as somebody told him that I
> was a real Luddite
> as far as Windows was concerned.
> What I told him, however anti-Windows I may be (quite a lot), was my honest,
> informed opinion;
> wihtout more that a modicum of my personal prejudices.

Good story Richmond.

Back in the early days of home computers, we had lots of alternatives:
Sinclair, BBC, Atari, Commodore, Apple etc etc.
I had a temporary job selling at a trade show in that era and my
advice was the same as it is now:
   "If you have a piece of software that you need to run, then get the
computer that runs that software, regardless of platform."

People need to remember that computers are a tool, not a religion.


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