[ox] [Fwd: [clara] Linux und Sex in Japan]
- From: Stefan Meretz <stefan.meretz hbv.org>
- Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 11:31:18 +0100
Ein kleines Schmankerl: Linux und Sex in Japan.
We have sex, but we also have Linux.
What is Linux? If you have to ask this question now, you haven't
due attention to the computer world. Short answer: It's a full-spec
compromise PC-UNIX, POSIX (an industry standard) compliant and
Freeware doesn't mean it's cost-less (although it is priceless,
It means that you can freely re-distribute and/or change it. Linux
just the kernel, which is the core of an Operating System (OS). In
make it usable at all, you need to add many programs from the GNU
which is THE freeware project. Therefore, it is common to refer it
It started out as just a study project of Linus Torvalds in
Finland. It was
released on the Net, volunteer hackers swarmed onto it, and before
it, it achieved a frightening level of perfection like no other
OS. So small that it still fits on a single floppy, so robust and
that users tend to forget how to restart a system, so quick in its
to bugs and security holes (typically less than a day). Huge pack of
users and volunteers (us) that supports it. Initial cost that is
than zero. Last but not least, it comes with the source code, which
that you can do something about whatever trouble that may arise. As
users are increasing at an enormous rate, and the total number is
to be a couple of millions.
You should, however be careful with this user number figure. One of
biggest mistakes that you see with articles on Linux is that they
apply the idea of market share all too easily. User head count is
knee deep into that mistake. Once you get caught, there's no way you
the right picture of things.
One stupid question that often arise from this mistake goes like
Linux beat Win95/NT?"
......Now, what kind of a question is that? If you're talking about
performance, yeah, we beat Win95 hands down. But, that's not what
you want to
talk about, is it? You want to talk about market shares. However,
freely distributable. Nobody knows how many copies there are. So,
this figure, it*s hard to talk about "market shares" to begin with.
Besides, what's the point? We never wanted to increase "shares."
marketing involved, no "business strategy" (we're not "business" to
with, you know). If someone wants to use Linux, fine, we will help
will even give you the installation CD (if we have one handy.) Where
trouble, we will make documentation and packages to cope with them,
the next guy has less of it. And after several years, what do you
are so many of us! Great! But, we are not competing with
Yeah, yeah, we occasionally have who's-the-best argument with other
like FreeBSD and OpenBSD, but nothing serious.
Besides, many Linux users are notorious flirts. It is not uncommon
to be simultaneously engaged in hot and steamy relationships with
five OS at any given night or day. We even use Microsoft stuff daily
have to, although we do frown upon some of their "features." Market
the other hand, is based upon the idea of a monogamous and exclusive
relationship between a user and an OS. It simply doesn't apply to
point is, our purpose is not to compete or dominate (although we
in the end.) Besides, what do we get if we "beat Win95," anyway? Why
want to make these stupid analyst type smart ass comment, we never
idea. Leave that kind of worrying to Bill Gates. He gets paid enough
that. For us, it's just computers, you know.
"It's nerd stuff, it will never become mainstream." So? Since when
have to become "mainstream" (whatever that is)? We never begged or
anyone to use it. We use it because we want to. It's refreshing to
your antiquated PC had the power of a Workstation. Some people
simply got fed
up with unstable Mac and Windows. Some people need the same UNIX
at home. Some people want to play jokes with xeyes and fvwm95 (this
just like Win95). Would being mainstream have any meaning to these
Sidestream is OK by me, as long as the server doesn't crash.
"Can Linux survive?" Another idiotic question based on the market
First, Linux hardly ever crashes, so it doesn't give you a chance to
get rid of it. If you're using it as a server, yes, the odds are
that it will
survive, along with your happy LAN. Commercial software may die,
lower sales may lead to less development. Linux, however, is done by
volunteers. Since the source code is available, someone may resume
development long after you thought its dead. So, "can it survive?"
question. "Do I want this to survive?" is the correct way to put it.
do, write codes. Make documents. Help people. You don't have to
watch it die like the Mac.
To sum it up, we're different. Our origin, development, community
improvement, goals, distribution, way of thinking, in short,
are something GNU. Classic industrial models and organization models
simply irrelevant. Even newer incentive models have limited power on
is because we are very disorganized. We are so disorganized that we
even decide on how to pronounce Linux (and we hardly ever care). No
model can even remotely describe this sort of wretched chaos that is
spite of (or because of) that, we reproduce and multiply. How? Well,
often say, "we have sex but we also have Linux."
Organisation: projekt oekonux.de