> I argued that DEC's demise said little about Unix's,
Agreed. They've been flailing for at least half a decade
and ahitomi is brining in his 5 year old Byte magazine with the
'Unix is Dead' cover to assure me of that fact.
> look to Sun and Oracle for a better indication of Unix's health.
Agreed also. I forget who said it (It might have been Jesse Berst),
but they said a couple of month's ago that Sun's Java strategy
changed them from being a big fish in a small pond to being a small
fish in a big pond. I think he was quoting an investment firm on why Sun
stock was at $45 instead of $100.
> Sun and
> Oracle are both still making quite large sums of money off of Unix, making
> claims of Unix's death seem premature.
What I don't understand, NT used to be considered a flavor
of unix and still is POSIX compliant today.
> You didn't argue whether Unix was alive or dead.
Every bit alive and kicking from the above and the previous discussion
thread on delivered boxes (See: NT and Unix Server Siege comments, etc.)
> Instead, you once again
> raised the association between Microsoft and the forces of evil (Nazism in
> this case). Goebbels would well understand the affect of such repeated
> associations. What at first seems absurd eventually becomes completely
Whether he was a Nazi or not is irrelevant. He hit upon
a unique aphorism that is more widely applicable than to just
the world according to Goebbels.
> Explain to me how I'm being "politically correct",
Do you think the statement is true or not?
> or how your comments
> didn't lower the level of debate.
I was just trying to be cleverly contraversial. Truth
be known, I am very proud of the technogeeks of this world,
even the ones at Microsoft, and I am quite sure Jesus said the
geeks will inherit the earth.
p.s. Just for the sake of completeness, I'd like to post the definitions
of the following terms.
Wampeters: An object around which the lives of otherwise unrelated peole
revolve, e.g. The Holy Grail, maybe the Internet or the WWW.
Foma: Harmless, comforting untruths, eg. "Propserity is just around
the corner", or maybe "We are the future" or some harmless Goebbels quote.
Granfalloons: A proud and meaningless association of human beings, e.g.
The Veterans of Future Wars, more appropriately, Baby-Boomers, GenX'rs,
or even Voxers.