Originally Posted by GoTMaXPoWeR
What sucks about it?
Years ago it was described like this and I find in most ways it is more true than ever.
(Slightly mangled quote)
If Operating Systems Were Airlines....
Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again, then they push again jump on again, and so on.
The terminal is pretty and colorful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off.* After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius
Windows NT Air
Just like Windows Air, but everyone must wear regulation uniforms and march out to the tarmac where a truly gigantic plane is outlined in chalk where everyone is ordered to flap their arms and pretend to fly.
All the stewards, stewardesses, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look the same, act the same, and talk the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are told you don't need to know, don't want to know, and would you please return to your seat and watch the movie
Each passenger brings a piece of the airplane and a box of tools to the airport. They gather on the tarmac, arguing constantly about what kind of plane they want to build and how to put it together. Eventually, they build several different aircraft, but give them all the same name. Some passengers actually reach their destinations. All passengers believe they got there.
Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"
Obviously this was written preXP which really was a rather monumental accomplishment. IIRC 2K/XP was over 30% all new code (and with millions of KLOC, that's a lot of code) and set records for so few bugs/kloc. That deserves accolades.
However it is designed down to the lowest common denominator to keep users weak and ignorant and the cash flowing for minor improvements. If you doubt this consider that Win98, sold as a whole new OpSys, was at best a Service Pack to 95. Furthermore even postXP the "all users are morons who merely lease from us up here on Mt Olympus" standard grows ever more evident. For example, without hax, Win7 doesn't give God rights to Administrator, begging the question "Who exactly is in charge here?" It isn't you. You just pay for the privilege of M$ owning your PC.
Edited by enorbet2 - 2/3/11 at 12:19pm