Dvorak's cunning plan to kill Linux

Dvorak's cunning plan to kill Linux

Summary: John Dvorak hosted a roast for the launch of Microsoft Windows 1.0, nearly two decades ago, and has always had a soft spot in his heart for Big Green.

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John Dvorak hosted a roast for the launch of Microsoft Windows 1.0, nearly two decades ago, and has always had a soft spot in his heart for Big Green.

This month, he tells Bill Gates "how to kill Linux." Lop off its head, he says. Ship Linux under Windows, separated from its drivers. He calls the result MS-Linux.

Cute. Too bad it solves a problem that doesn't exist. Windows is strongest, and Linux is weakest, on the desktop.

Windows' weakness are on servers, where it doesn't scale; in communications, where it requires too much overhead; and in its license, which makes users dependent on it.

  • Grafting Linux into Windows without its drivers doesn't mean Windows can run, say, Visa's transaction network.
  • Adding Linux to Windows just adds Windows' overhead to phones and communication networks.
  • Closed source means you can't fix your own stuff. You have to wait for Big Green to get around to it.

Nice try, though. Got any other bright ideas? Let us know in TalkBack.

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  • It's John C. Dvorak - Need Anyone Say More? ;)

    I can never decide whether Dvorak, the Harlan Ellison of Hi-Tech, irritates the living daylights out of me...or makes me laugh my butt off.

    Usually both....
    drprodny
  • RE: Dvorak's cunning plan to kill Linux

    That's not a plan. That just Dvorak. He's an irritant and I think it's on purpose. He makes pronouncements underneath his byline that are intended to provoke a rise from his readership. I'm reasonably certain that he knows exactly what he's doing... stirring the pot.

    BTW, This'll make twice that I've heard of some company that has supposedly put Linux up seamlessly under Windows -- never mind Dvorak's "proposal" -- but I've never seen anything. Show me the bits!!!

    The results would be interesting if true, but neither they nor Dvorak's "proposal," if it were implemented can kill Linux. It's not that easy.
    lshurr
  • I've got a better plan

    If Microsoft really wants to kill Linux on the desktop, all it really has to do is make Windows free for personal users. That'll kill a lot of people's motivation to consider switching from Windows to Linux.
    LeonBA