[Top] [All Lists]

Halloween doc II

To: (SGI/Linux mailing list)
Subject: Halloween doc II
From: (Ariel Faigon)
Date: Thu, 5 Nov 1998 12:53:04 -0800 (PST)
Organization: Silicon Graphics Inc.
Reply-to: (Ariel Faigon)

A second "what is Linux and how to combat it" document
just came out the Microsoft leak factory:

It is a followup doc to the infamous "Halloween Doc"
(now renamed "Halloween I").   It was leaked by an MS
employee as a reaction to the recent publicity for
Halloween-I.  It adds the threat of Linux as a client
and gives a very positive evaluation of Linux (coming
from within MS, this is telling).

It concludes again, with the sinister suggestions to
"de-commoditize" open protocols, plus (surprise) ways
to attack Linux via litigation (if you can't beat them
on merit, there are always the nukes, Bill).

There's specific interest to this community: David Miller
and Miguel de Icaza are both mentioned and their SPARC
comparison docs are linked from this document.  No doubt,
the MS guys did a great research job.

There's a lot the Linux community learn from this document.
Just read the "what's missing in Linux compared to NT"
part and make sure it is implemented. It doesn't appear
too hard.  Some points which are definitely geared towards
the non sophisticated users include:

        1) Automounting a floppy/CD when it is inserted
           (BTW: IRIX mediad has been doing this for quite a while)

        2) Simpler installation: e.g. rather than asking 30
           questions, provide a menu like:
                1) Express install: don't ask me anything,
                   just go ahead and fill my disk.
                2) Pick and chose: let me select

        3) XFree86 installation: don't ask me what chipset I have
           and what's the scan rates etc.  Instead have an internal
           mapping table between well known brand names (e.g. ATI Mach64)
           and the details of the card.  People usually know the latter
           (what's written on the box, but rarely the former)

        4) Simpler Network config:  DHCP client installed by default
           Again saving complex questions to the simple user

        5) Of course, a coherent consistent GUI to manage everything
           from HW devices to access to files etc.  Those who need
           the simplicity, will never be willing to do command line

        6) Development tools like VB/VC++ :-)

Someone forward this to Red Hat / Gnome and the XFree86 teams ...

Peace, Ariel

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>