If you're like the other 100 and something million computer users you're most likely on a Windows platform. But I decided I wanted to see what all this hype was about with Linux. Sure I've read about UNIX and studied it, but I had never actually been on it. Rather than go to a ftp site to download Linux (I was too lazy to spend all that time downloading hundreds of MB), I opted to spend the $50 at the store and buy Red Hat Linux which includes the full version of Linux on CD ROM and tons of software. And anyways, I figured that since I had two hard drives, why not take advantage? But I was running Windows 98 which meant that I had some system files on the D hard drive (my slave - the one I was planning to install Linux to). What was I to do? The idea arose of destructive partioning. So after I went through that process I finally got to the LINUX setup from the boot disk and CD ROM. The install was fairly easy, although LINUX has it's special way of making you feel like a moron. So after I finished the install I went through LINUX and it has an amazing X Windows capability along with a powerful kernel and shells. From the UNIX books I've read and then from after looking at Linux, I'd have to say Linus did an amazing job. What is Linus (the creator of Linux) up to nowadays? He's working at Transmeta which is located in sunny California. From what I've heard, he will still devote some of his time to Linux, but it's a good thing to know that since Linux is distributed with source code, more and more people can build on and distribute. That's the foolproof way of knowing Linux will never die. As long as there are programmers, there will always be Linux.
So why are these well known manufacturers being swept through the mud? Let's think about this one. Could it be that the government is getting restless and knows that computers are the modern day obsession of which to publicize? Maybe. Or could it be that disearning smaller companies think that a lawsuit will make a more imminent rise in sales? Hmmm . . . These are just a small number of the countless possibilities. Let's take one of the newest and freshest law suits right now - the one concerning IBM, a company with a huge record of success. Now you may or may not have heard about this suit so let me explain it a little. This law suit is about the e symbol that represents the @ symbol to signify IBM's electronic commerce. Blah, blah, blah, yawn, yawn, yawn. All this fuss over a little e. But the thing is, another company by the name of E Technologies said that it registered that symbol two months before IBM did causing a big old traffic jam with both companies most likely getting ready to collide into court.
And then, who can forget the Windows 98 suit. Now come on people - Microsoft is doing something that has never been done (integrating the browser into the operating system interface) and making something that runs more smoothly, better backup, more space, upgradable free drives 24/7 and the government is getting mad!?! Geeze! I swear that I'll never figure out the way our country works. Personally, the whole reason I think the DOJ made such a fuss about it was because Mr. Bill (Gates) donated money to libraries, schools, computer access for children, but not to the DOJ itself unlike Netscape so generously had. So that probably got them all fired up, but they actually did Gates a favor because all that publicity triggered more and more people to notice what Windows 98 was about.
Those are just two of the examples of law suits in the technology field. But wait a second, there is another one involving Microsoft. Yes, another one! This suit was about the Explorer name that some small company decided to file. My reaction was, "Why didn't they sue Microsoft when Internet Explorer first came out?" But rather than make another big fuss, Microsoft (the good guys I might add) decided they would just settle the case with oh, I don't know - five million, that's all. But hey, for a multi-billion dollar company that is being run by the richest working individual in the world, who cares about five mill?
So with all these cases sputtering around, you may think that this is putting a major damper on the tech-companies. But the truth of the matter is, that these types of things usually help the sales percents. Maybe the words law suit and publicity are now synonomous? I'll leave that up for you to decide.
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