platforms and interoperability and who is this stuff for

Christopher Stacy
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 03:05:15 -0400

I keep hearing people say "Linux" and stuff.

UNIX flavors represents are an insignificant and dwindling percentage ofcomputers
in all areas.  I'm not trying to offend anyone,  just noting a simple fact.

Given that, does it make sense to use that as the base for whatever
all this futuristic stuff is supposed to be?

Shouldn't we be talking about how this new wonderfulness is going to
work with (or replace) Windows NT?  (I realize probably nobody here 
voted to elect Bill Gates to "God", but there he sits.)

Whatever this is all about, if you want it to be something that most
computers do, you had better figure out what the Microsoft angle is.

An example of another important player, to think about as a model
or another problem or whatever, would be Netscape.  However, the
latest version of Internet Explorer (which sort of takes over and
replaces the Windows95 desktop) might give them pause, too.

Alternatively, perhaps this new stuff is just something to be used by
a few people on their own weird little computers that doesn't impact
the world very much.  (I'm not saying that's a bad idea, either.)