[SATLUG] Linux funnies
brad at shub-internet.org
Tue May 27 00:20:39 CDT 2008
On 5/26/08, Justin Burdette wrote:
> "Microsoft sells you Windows. Linux gives you the whole house."
No, it's more like Linux gives you some basic tools and some
instructions on how to make some of the rest of the tools, and some
pointers on places where you can go for more information on how you
can find out how to make more of the tools, and unlimited access to a
whole assortment of plans and a multitude of various options, so that
you can make your own house.
Now, if you wanted to make that distribution-specific, so that you
know exactly what you've got out of the box on the basic install, you
could amend that to something like:
"Microsoft sells you Windows. Kubuntu gives you the whole
FreeGreenHouse.com Healthy Family of Four Bungalow, see
<http://tinyurl.com/4gdu2n>, or the option of switching that
out for the FreeGreenHouse.com Suburban Loft, see
And before you get out the flamethrowers, let me say that pretty much
the same is true for all Unix and Unix-derived OSes.
Some particular plans are prettier but may not be as flexible (like,
you can only use the Apple toaster in the Apple version of "Falling
Water" by Frank Lloyd Wright, along with only the Apple chairs and
only the Apple table and you're only allowed to use them in the
Apple-approved dining room), whereas others may give you more
flexibility but perhaps be more confusing for less computer-savvy
Oh, and BTW -- FLW really did do this kind of stuff at Fallingwater.
All the hallways are too narrow to allow you to move any furniture
from one room to another, and the doorways are too narrow to move any
furniture in or out, and he even designed clothes for the owners to
wear while they were there. After all, he was deigning to allow the
owners to live in his Statue of David, so why shouldn't he tell them
what to do where and how to do it?
It's an incredibly beautiful piece of architecture and if you've
never seen it you should definitely go up to Pennsylvania at your
earliest opportunity to take a look, but as a home ... well ... it
makes a great museum.
While you're up there, see if you can also take a look at Kentuck
Knob. Built twenty years later, when FLW was considerably more
willing to actually work with the people who were commissioning his
sculptural art, and make adjustments to the plans to fit their
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