[Herts] Interesting debate

Geoff Pitt geoff_pitt at ntlworld.com
Mon Jan 26 22:43:03 GMT 2004


This strikes a note - been reading the register today.  As an NHS employee at the IT end, I read the following article with interest:

 HYPERLINK http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/35091.html http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/35091.html	(check the link while you're there)

Also posted today:

 HYPERLINK http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/7/35098.html http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/7/35098.html

I'm ot a big conspiracy theorist myself as such; after all coincidences do happen, so "Bill Gates KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)" must be the saviour of the third world, beaudacious chicks, whales, all rain forests, fluffy bunnies, and planet earth. That's why he needs the money? 

My rant is probably to the converted, but do look at the articles.  The NHS employs 1.2 million people and I've heard a quote that it's the third largest employer in the world after China's red army and India's railway network.  If all desktops were replaced with OS systems it would mean 800,000 people working without MS- like WOW!


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Shamelessly stolen from my other list.
Just thought I'd share.

Samsung quotes:

>"Almost no CD writer available in the market is compatible with Linux/Unix.
>The only recommended operating systems for using CD writers are Windows
>95/98/2000/XP and NT. The recording programs do not support most of the
>other operating systems. In other words: under Linux/Unix etc. CD writers
>will work like a normal CD-ROM drive."

And one of our guys replied:
Ironically, the only manufacturer I know that put "Linux compatible" on
the box was LG.  Oops.

A better way of phrasing Sansung's statement would be "Almost all CD
writers available in the market are compatible with Linux/Unix, but we
prefer to let the guys in the Linux kernel development team do the hard

I have noticed a lot of manufacturers say they only support windows; Yet
they supply linux drivers on the CD, but don't bother to mention the fact
anywhere which infuriates me.

Registered Linux User No.316991

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