[amsat-bb] Re: gpredict
donmc at xtra.co.nz
Mon Jan 28 22:32:32 PST 2008
Hello John, and the other 'x aficionado's
What do you expect....that somehow an arcane set of dribblish semi
instructions to install a new TOOL on a computer (your "command line")
or a "open the box, pull out the tool, plug it in, and start using
it"...which scenario is the average artisan going to use?
Before you run off, foaming and ranting about Microsoft stop and
consider this for a moment.
For a living, amongst other things, I work as an engineer, a welder, and
a non destructive testing technician. There are well established
standards in each of these disciplines, and I can go from one to another
without difficulty. I dont' have to stop when I'm welding and wonder,
experiment, and hope when I change from 7018 rods from one manufacturer
to those from another. I know they will do the job.
When I use a 520K ohm resistor in a project I don't care if it is a
linux or microsoft resistor as long as it fits the specs.
When I use a 70 degree probe for ultrasonic testing I don't care who
made it so long as it meets the specs and works.
I have also written software (pdp 11 fortran) 6800 machine code 2650
assembler z80 assembler 6502 (microsoft basic) amd 29xx bit slice
processors (pl1, assembler and machine)and lately c++ and java for MS
for my 'phone.Most of this was for me, but the amd stuff was for
telephone exchange users, and I doubt if they cared what the os or
program used was. Just as long the tool worked.
The PDP series ran unix, and I still have the original Bell System
Journals here at home describing the philosophy and design behind the
unix system. I tried over the last few days of re reading these journals
to find any reference to the denigrating of any other systems or their
users... Are linux users and prophets now straying far from the original
tracks for unix?
Finally I use win xp and ubuntu for my amatuer work, and swap happily
between them, but as a "tool user" for amateur radio win XP absolutely
aces linux for the ease of use and ease of installation of the programs
Maybe you could explain to me why I could update my (paid license...to
amsat na) version of satpc32 with a couple of mouse clicks, but took
over 5 days to get predict updated, I don't want to know about sudo
@33^& <<? just to get one ( maybe) required library that I already had
as the really stupid, arcane message finally told me....
If you really, and quite possibly most linux pushers don't, want to make
linux a "mainstream" operating system you really, really must make it an
invisible process to install and use tools running on it.
MS have managed to do this so why can't the much vaunted open source
guys managed yet?
Cheers and back to the Sats.
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