Re: Motivation of software professionals

James Kanze <>
Wed, 17 Feb 2010 13:01:49 -0800 (PST)
On Feb 16, 10:26 am, Arved Sandstrom <> wrote:

James Kanze wrote:

On Feb 14, 4:54 pm, Lew <> wrote:


And I tried to use them, and they just didn't stop crashing.
Even today, Linux is only gradually approaching the level of the
Unixes back then.

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I have to agree with you here. My earliest use of Linux was
1993, side by side with IRIX and SunOS. I don't remember
frequent crashing of Linux but there was no question but that
the UNIX systems were more stable, more polished and had more
capability. Granted, everyone back then was throwing Linux on
old PCs, which probably didn't help, but still...

Today, the problem is that everyone is throwing it on new
PC's:-). Before the drivers for the latest cards are fully
stable. (Other than that, there still seem to be some problems
in XFree, and I've generally had to more or less hack some of
the boot scripts to get them to work.)

With the exception of the problems in XFree, however, I don't
think you can compare them with the commercial offerings.
Solaris always installed like a charm for me, but that was on a
Sun Sparc---the two were literally made for each other, and Sun
made sure that any new Sun hardware would work with Solaris.
Trying to cover generic hardware, including chips that haven't
been invented yet, is a lot more difficult.

James Kanze

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