Friday, February 02, 2007

Gates Calls Jobs Liar: Pot Cites Kettle Regarding Hue

Newsweek has published an interview with Bill Gates in which he accuses Steve Jobs of lying about Vista in his latest Mac adverts.

Now, notwithstanding the content of these ads, whatever they may be (I haven't seen them so I can't comment), it does strike me that there is a certain amount of hubris/chutzpah/irony in the idea of Bill Gates accusing others of "lying".

For the past I don't know how long, successive Windows releases have been bandied about as "the easiest to use, most secure operating system ever" (that's operating system, mind you, not Windows. Despite this, they have been roundly trounced every time by one of MacOS, Linux, or both - and to anyone who knows the history of non-PC computing before Windows95, it can hardly be a surprise that Windows95, like much if not everything else Microsoft have come up with, is hardly "innovation". Microsoft apologists will counter that everyone in the software business copies everyone else, and I'll grant them that's true. That does not mean, however, that those who copy are being "innovative" anymore than I am being "innovative" in posting in English. (A technology blog written in Quenya might be innovative, but it would be understandable to very few.)

I'm also one of those Linux users who has been using the OS long enough to remember not only when Microsoft pretended to like Linux, but when it was actively making it known that it considered it "carcinogenic"and its users "Communists".

As one Texan blogger might have pointed out, it's interesting that a "Communist" OS is doing so well that Microsoft are having to support it.

So Bill, please watch whom you call a liar, and the rest of you, dear readers, please watch out whom you believe.

Jeff

PS. Yes, as the eagle-eyed of you will have spotted, I did indeed "innovate" the title of this blog straight from a Microsoft/Linux-related article on The Register.

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