Very Worried at MS .net

Alistair Davidson lord_inh at
Tue Jul 17 22:08:15 UTC 2001

John Peter Tapsell wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Jul 2001, you wrote:
> > On 16 Jul 2001 20:59:58 +0100, John Peter Tapsell -->
> >
> > > If they gain full control of a globally and totally accepted passport scheme,
> > > they will control all.
> > >
> > Most companies (the big ones, at
> > least) know how strategic their
> > client base is. Giving it to
> > Microsoft through the use of .NET
> > (and, consequently, passport) is not
> > something they'll do lightly.
> ...
> I started reading the first set of replies to my email, and I started getting
> even more worred.  I started feeling that -the collective us- are not taking MS
> seriously enough, or even understand.
> In particular replies along the lines of " slashdot sucks, i didn't read the
> trolls.... i don't get your point"  and " I will always use free software" and
> "free software is better".  Not that i disagree with any of the points, but
> they misinterpreted my original email.

Well, I read the /. posts with interest. I even replied to one. It seems
to me that essentially, microsoft are gambling that ASPs are the future-
imagine, Microsoft pushing the network computer!

It's worth bearing in mind that imposition of order == escalation of
chaos. The more they tightne their grip, the more star systems [er...
servers] will slip through their fingers.

Now, I don't think that NET compatability should be our main aim. Having
a superior system should be. The main aim of GNU and Linux is not
compatability with FAT32, instead their is an aim to support as many
file systems as is feasible.

Rick's World:

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