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Date: 2007-11-01 (18:05)
From: Richard Jones <rich@a...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Google trends
On Fri, Nov 02, 2007 at 03:10:17AM +1100, skaller wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-11-01 at 09:01 -0400, Brian Hurt wrote:
> > It's weird, and I don't understand it, but there are a lot of people for 
> > whom Microsoft is a comfort zone- 
> Huh? What's weird? Where have you been the last 3 decades?
> Microsoft put computers on everyone's desktop, just as
> Bill Gates said he would.
> I guess 99% of all desktops run Windows. Quite a lot of
> servers run Windows too.

Whew, really trying not to be bated on the Microsoft discussion here,
but that is a _very_ odd view of history.

> I don't hold out much hope: the Open Source community is much
> more conservative that commercial developers. After all most OS
> software is still written in .. C .. long after MS made C++
> their standard application language ..

Open source developers use crap languages, I agree, but switching to
C++ would hardly have improved the situation :-)

FWIW early versions of the Linux kernel could be and sometimes were
compiled as C++ (though still of course written in C) so it's not like
people were unaware of the language or lacked solid implementations at
that point.


Richard Jones
Red Hat