Langa bashing (was Re: Problems getting Linux into homes)
dean at mumby.co.za
Tue Apr 20 22:38:28 UTC 2004
I am sorry to say you most certainly are in the minority here , having
read the "garbage" Fred wrote and then following some of the discussions
in the forum , this article is nothing more than propaganda for Redmond.
I will admit that some hardware (including sound cards) doesn't always
seem to work out the box but this is not the fault of Linux as Fred
would have us believe . This is the fault of Redmond who puts pressure
on hardware manufacturers to not provide information about there
products to the open source community in return for being listed as
compatible and therefore being included in pre-built systems. Consider
the financial pressure Redmond could place on a manufacturer by not
incorporating there driver into windows , dont be mistaken Microsoft
couldn't write a driver if there lives depended on it they have stolen
and copied other people work since there inception .(there was a court
ruling just after 9/11 were they were found guilty of piracy but it
unfortunately slipped under the radar) The hardware manufacturers
provide the driver to Microsoft.
All Fred has done is exposed himself as an incapable computer user ,
perhaps he is a windows user.
Danny Anderson wrote:
> I apologize for this having little to do with Fedora (if I remember
> correctly, Langa didn't try Mandrake or Fedora versions of Linux).
> Bad behavior should be confronted and rebuked, or it just festers.
> Way too many emails go out with people saying things they would never
> have the guts or credibility to even mutter under their tongues in
> public. Delete/flame/read on:
> I actually subscribe to the Langa list that talked about the article
> in question. There is no real point to knock Fred Langa- he has been
> around for a long time and he knows what he is talking about. The
> insults are childish knee-jerk reactions. To be quite frank, it is
> pathetic to see some of the things people are willing to commit to an
> email and distribute. Whoever came up with the idea that making
> baseless insults about somebody else will somehow increases one's
> credibility should be flogged. Then shot. Then flogged again.
> As far as Fred Langa goes, *please* don't take my word or anybody
> else's word about the man's qualifications. I would urge people to
> read a few of the LangaList newsletters (www.langa.com/) and make up
> their own minds. The guy is putting it out there for free, anybody
> can check it out and formulate their own opinions.
> He does come from a Windows background, but he is not particularly
> anti-Linux. In fact, he is one of the more impartial folks out there,
> in my opinion. He has a less-than-flattering article about Linux out
> there that is making circulation. Big freaking deal. He has had
> other articles slamming Windows and praising Linux distro, OpenOffice,
> I don't believe that anybody can say with a straight face that he
> doesn't have a point. Even the most myopic nut of the religious
> zealot camp should be able to see that in the real world, Average
> Joe's outnumber the rest of us who are interested in computers, Linux,
> Fedora, etc. Average Joe is never going to understand and be "ok"
> with the fact that he can more of less effortlessly do some things in
> Windows that he cannot do in Linux without some effort.
> [Insert as much of the same old rehash of win-vs-linux as you can
> stomach here. Zealots can have double portions at no additional fee.]
> Danny Anderson
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