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+++ Mayuresh Kathe [linux-india] <30/01/02 19:37 +0530>:
> Know what, I just realised, when ever anyone starts a discussion
> regarding "Linux on the Desktop" people jump out to compare it with
> the stupidest implementation of the desktop paradigm i.e. winDOZE.
Because Bill Gates (and Linus, and $linux_distro_maker) had enough brains to
 Stick to intel (and generic) chips which are so damn popular and cheap
 Or, like linux, let it be ported to several different platforms, from
mainframes to ordinary PCs. Hell, you can install linux (or OpenBSD) on a
Steve Jobs & Co have an excellent product in MacOS, and the [Motorola, isn't
it?] processors used are great. However, he dug his own grave by stubbornly
keeping Macs on a single - expensive - architecture, and working actively to
kill clones like BeOS.
OK, the mac rocks. I'll be the first to admit it (though I really HATE
that single button mouse, or the new circular mouse on iMacs ...)
> Hope people would check out ease of use provided by other systems.
> Lets suppose, all you might not have access to a Macintosh, but you
> can always go ahead and check out BeOS, even that is a wonderful
_After_ Jobs and Co worked so hard to try suppress it ... if they'd tried
licensing out their codebase at least (like AT&T Bell Labs did with unix,
passing the code to Berkeley ...) it'd have been a great concept, and a great
Now, it is a great idea doomed to failure, along with all those
platform-specific OSen around. Hell, even *Sun* kind of saw a glimmer of
light, releasing Solaris for Intel (well, it sucks of course, but still, we
manage to run a couple of heavily used fileservers for our LAN on them...)
Right now, you are telling a guy who's trying to differentiate between
hostel canteen dal-roti (doze) and vada pao on the beach (linux - far
tastier, filling... and FUN) that he's missing out on a ten course dinner
with champagne at the Taj, which the Mac is set on becoming.
OK cool, a Mac can be used for just about anything (I know at least one guy
who runs a largish ISP solely using Mac kit ...), and is not just for DTP and
graphics designers ... but it is still a ten course dinner. Tasty - yes.
Affordable, widely available and practical for _all_ varieties of daily use -
no. Not at all.
Suresh Ramasubramanian <----> mallet <at> efn dot org
EMail Sturmbannfuhrer, Lower Middle Class Unix Sysadmin
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LOST #067 -**< Sub : Listing partition >**-
To know the total size of hard disk inclusive of Non-Linux and
non-formatted partitions, as root do:
#echo p | fdisk /dev/hdX 2> /dev/null
(where X is a, b, c etc)
OR #fdisk -l (this will list all drives together)