operating systems

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <gram_at_cnct.com>
Date: Fri Jan 2 21:38:41 1998

Zeus334 wrote:

> Er....one question here. I've tried Linux many times, as well as Minix. From
> all of my attempts, I have come to the following conclusion: Linux is not for
> doing USEFUL things. The express purpose of Linux is to provide something for
> people to recompile. After all, you HAVEN'T seen people doing something on
> Linux besides recompiling the kernel and configuring TCP/IP stacks, HAVE YOU?

'scuse me son, but this AST system I use for day-to-day stuff is
only allowed to boot Microslough on the (rare) occasions I feel
like playing a game. Otherwise it (this week) is normally running
Caldera OpenLinux with the RedHat CDE and Netscape 4.03 to talk to
the world through a DIP/Slirp connection to my ISP. Correct, I've
recompiled the kernel, to leave out a bunch of device drivers I
didn't need and to add (as modules) a few that come in handy --
like the one that runs my Zip drive. It may seem strange to a
Windows user, but vi is my main editor (fifteen years now), because
I don't care for the unnecessary 90% of the features in modern word
processors -- I edit, then I set things up for output later, without
the distraction of all of the crap at the top of the screen with
MS Word in _any_ release since Word for DOS 1.0.

And I use that same vi editor on my AT&T 7300, my Tandy 6000 and
(courtesy of MKS) on all of my DOS boxen. Oh, and on my Sun and on
my OS-9 Level II Color Computer III (under the name TRS-Edit) and
probably one or two other machines out of sight elsewhere in the

For those interested, the MKS toolkit for MS-DOS worked from day one
on the Tandy 2000 with its 80186. And while I haven't tested it
myself, I am told by a reliable source that it runs on the DEC
Rainbow under MS-DOS.
Ward Griffiths
Two thousand yeare since Bethlehem and still we hear the lie,
that after years of hopes and fears the best part's when we die.
Received on Fri Jan 02 1998 - 21:38:41 GMT

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