# Doubting the capability of windows

1. Jun 24, 2003

### Saint

As you can see, in linux, just a few commands in Shell, you can mount virtual CD. You do not need a specific software to do it.

But, we can't do this in Windows.
Isn't it Windows a handicap compared to linux ?

2. Jun 24, 2003

### Considering

It's a pretty fair trade-off, IMO.

3. Jun 24, 2003

Yes windows the OS is inferior to Linux the OS, but Windows the platform is superior to Linux the platform in the general case.

Its sort of like Rome was a great civilization but it wasn't Caligula or Nero or Tiberius that made it that way. It was the society that could protect the artists and engineers from having to be farmers and soldiers so that they could advance the culture. MS provides a platform under which the developers don't have to reinvent the wheel every time they write a program. These days, linux does that too, but MS already has all the power. Oh well, so did Tiberius, Caligula, and Nero.

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4. Jun 24, 2003

### Saint

MS squeezes more \$ from consumers' pockets, right ?

5. Jun 25, 2003

### Considering

Most companies that survive in the long run charge money for their product.

Microsoft charges for it's product. So do automakers. Most of the time, the more expensive auto makers deliver a better product.

I think that's the case with Msoft...they charge money for their product, but in many ways it is the best os you can buy.

Just like BMW charges more for their cars when compared to Ford, microsoft charges more for their OS when compared to other brands. Because theirs works best, with more. Period.

6. Jun 25, 2003

### quartodeciman

Basic MS philosophy is still: 1 butt = 1 chargeable customer.

MS works as a collective of partnerships surrounding the Mother System. The partners (software companies, for example) must answer to MS. This helps in a way, but making it work is not trivial. Once you click somebody's icon to do something (or invoke it indirectly) the ball goes into their court. Help might be in Kuala Lumpur.

the biggie: Windows is 100% proprietary and only real sharpers within the customer base are going to figure out how it works under the hood. MS presumes for everybody what and how they are supposed to do stuff. But I stick with it, because I am lazy. So if I can't figure out quickly how to do something, I don't do it. I suspect Linux has it all over Windows in this respect (meaning, telling the internals of the system).