operating systems

From: Charles E. Fox <foxvideo_at_wincom.net>
Date: Fri Jan 2 06:25:51 1998

At 09:37 AM 1/1/98 -0800, you wrote:
>Read http://www.netaction.org/articles/freesoft.html for a discussion of
>the importance of free software such as Linux to the infrastructure of the
>Free software and open standards drive creativity and foster a
>collaborative approach that benefits all.
>The fastest way to fix bugs in new software is to release the source code
>to the community. Hmmm, funny MS hasn't done this with Win 95 or NT...
>Lots of folks got their first computing experience in the PC era, and being
>victims of media and advertising hype decry free software as substandard.
>The opposite is true. When substandard software has all the hype and the
>gigabucks behind it, it unfortunately develops a market force that is all
>but impossible to stop. Where's Beta rather than VHS these days anyway?
>Kevin McQuiggin VE7ZD

        What killed Beta, in my opinion, was the mechanical inferiority of the
early machines. The added drag of the tape being wrapped around the drum
made it nearly impossible to rewind a tape to the beginning. I have three
old Beta decks that suffered from this ailment, but my two later models are

                                                                Charlie Fox
Received on Fri Jan 02 1998 - 06:25:51 GMT

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