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The difference between Vista, XP, Linux and MacOS explained!

I was looking around for some nice articles to read till I reached this funny yet real blog post from Phil Shapiro on washingtonpost.com.


The Difference Between Vista, XP, Linux and Mac OS Explained
Wherein a middle school student asks me to explain the difference in simple terms. I do just that.

A middle school student I know asked me to explain the difference between Vista, XP, Linux and Mac OS. Here's the gist of our conversation:

Me: "You want to know the difference in real simple terms? Okay. Vista is bad gnews and GNU is good gnews. XP ain't such bad gnews, until you reach the blue screen of death, which ain't good gnews at all."

Middle schooler: "Okay, I think I understand. How about Mac OS?"

Me: "Mac OS is like a beautiful Bermuda island with a prison wall built all around it."

Middle schooler: "Really? How so?"

Me: "Well, Mac OS uses Digital Recreation Management (DRM), so if you want to build a sandcastle, you are forced to use an approved pail."

Middle schooler: "An approved pail? I want to use my own pail. That sounds to me like it's beyond the pale."

Me: "That indeed it is. It's beyond the pale. To use an approved pail is going to cost you $40 up front. Would you like to use Mastercard or VISA?"

Middle schooler: "I don't want to use Mastercard or VISA. I just want to use my own pail."

Me: "It sounds to me like you're ready to break out of prison and live a life with no bad gnews."

Middle schooler: "Yes, I'm ready now. I'm ready for that. Will you show me how?"

Me: "Well, sure, I can show you how."


I just love how he spelled GNEWS (news) , so GNUish.

Comments

frex said…
it is still not clear for me.
Marvin said…
hi frex, obviously the guy is a linux guy with all the GNU'sh term he is using. the story was more focused on how open the systems are in terms of the source code and the opportunity for integration.. apple being the "most closed" system , windows being next and linux as the "most open" system :)

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