His target is Linux this time (again). He's latched on to the rivalry between the Linux and BSD crowds in his article Is Linux For Losers?. Having been an early BSD enthusiast on x86, I well remember the formation of the rivalries... not just between the BSD and Linux factions, but between the multiple distributions of free versions of BSD and the commercial version known as BSDi. It's a non-story. BSD has cerrtain strengths related to the fact that it's code base is descended from the Berkeley code, but Linux has some different strengths. As the state-of-the-art in OS design has evolved, so has the BSD code, so the fact that the original BSD code base goes back something like 25 years isn't particularly relevant. And while a dozen years ago the BSD code was widely acknowledged to have the most secure and most efficient network stack on the planet, today the advantages of Linux's larger market share and more open development process probably outweigh whatever's left of BSD's advantage in those areas. Some ISPs and network appliance vendors might continue to go with BSD, as will some fanatical devotees, but the losers... they're still going to run Windows.
But I guess that makes me a loser, for now. But when Hannover comes along, I will change that. If not sooner.
(Via Peter O'Kelly)
1. Duffbert06/17/2005 10:12:07 AM
But I couldn't find the Radicati quote anywhere!
2. Nathan T. Freeman06/20/2005 05:36:32 AM
I really can't believe Lyons isn't under investigation for stock manipulation.