[Pipet Devel] we're not innovative

Michiel Toneman toneman at phil.uu.nl
Thu Nov 25 12:14:46 EST 1999

On Thu, 25 Nov 1999, David Lapointe wrote:

> On Thu, 25 Nov 1999, J.W. Bizzaro wrote:
> > Dave McAllister, SGI's Director of Technical Strategy says, "The open-source
> > community is a good imitator but not a good innovator. They don't build their
> > own problems."  And surprisingly, he's considered a Linux advocate.
> > 
> >   http://www.it.fairfax.com.au/software/19991123/A56903-1999Nov21.html
> > 
> > I guess Loci has been an imitation all along.
> > 
> > 
> > Cheers.
> > Jeff

I think the Open Source community IS innovative, it's all a matter of
suurvival of the fittest. Let me explain: Companies throw some halfwit 
idea onto the market, hype it up as the replacement for sliced bread. 
The idea fails to catch on, and the idea fades away. The company markets
this as being "innovative". Have you ever heard of an idea being "ahead of 
its time" when it utterly fails to impress, my point exactly?

In the Freeware community, if an idea sounds good but doesn't work, it
is abandoned, without the hype about being "innovative". This means that
the innovation is much less visible. 

As for the interview, I think that Mr. McAllister has a pretty big mouth
saying IRIX to be so much more advanced than Linux. From my experience 
IRIX has it's own share of security and stability problems. The GNU file/text 
tools are much more stable and advanced than the IRIX's braindead tools, and 
CDE stopped being "cool" quite some years ago.



I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. 
There's a knob called "brightness", but it doesn't work.

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