Re: Linux and Bibles
Is Don Mitchell a paid Microsoft shill or what?
Linux *IS* a "real operating system", and the skills learned on it *ARE* real -- a damn sight more so than "oh, it's crashed again, yes, it sometimes does that, just turn it off at the wall and back on again and it will probably work next time". They are also transferrable to Solaris, the BSDs and any other Unix implementation now known or to be invented. Skills learned in Linux applications are transferrable to Windows applications, if necessary -- the differences are vastly overstated. Or, because the majority of those Linux applications are Open Source, they can be run on top of Windows! If someone entering the corporate world really is more comfortable using OpenOffice.org than MS Office, then they need only install OpenOffice.org on their Windows computer.
Also, Open Source is the best way for the Nigerians, or for that matter any country without an established software industry, to get a software industry of their own started. But then, with a flourishing local software industry, they will have no need to keep on sending money to Redmond.
You can see why this must frighten the pants off Microsoft, who have only ever believed in "Teach a man to fish" as a means to sell expensive, proprietary bait.