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Could someone explain this quote to me?
"With Linux you are just talking about the operating system piece. With Windows, you are talking about a directory, several platforms and a dozen additional things," he said. "You would have to pay quite a bit more if the Linux platform has to match what we have on the Windows platform."
I guess he's saying that windows is based on a gui interface with many extras included and linux is based on a command line prompt, on to which you can add a gui interface etc..
In fairness, linux is of no use to the "general public". Windows is geared towards ease of upgrade/installation of software etc..
Richard Stallman (The GNU/Linux guy) is also here in India. He will be meeting a number of officials of the Indian Government and will try to "discourage the promotion of paid software".
In an interview to CNBC Asia, he says there is a lot of scope for open source software in developing countries. I'm looking for the complete print version of the interview - I'm sure it will be much more interesting than Billy Goat's interview!
By the same token, most linux distros are now coming with GUI's and large software systems. Look at Mandrake, or better yet - Mac OS X.
Look at Mandrake, or better yet - Mac OS X.
I have to laugh at Bill's assertion that Windows comes with "a directory, several platforms and a dozen additional things" but Linux doesn't. Frankly I don't know what he means by 'several platforms', but my installation CD set for Debian has at least two directories available and *thousands* of "additional things"...