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Re: GPL traitor !

From: Hadron
Subject: Re: GPL traitor !
Date: Mon, 04 May 2009 15:45:51 +0200
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Tim Smith <> writes:

> In article <>,
>  chrisv <chrisv@nospam.invalid> wrote:
>> Do you really think that "ratios of slowness" need to be calculated?
>> Sheesh, man, you're running off a CD.  You can hear it and see the
>> results.  You just throw-out the results of the "speed test" because
>> you're running off a freaking CDROM.  NO ONE is going to assume or
>> expect that the speed is _at all_ representative of what it's like
>> when it's running off HD.
>> Jeezez.  Most people aren't THAT stupid, much less 99% of them.
>> >> I am not exactly unversed with computers (having written my own
>> >> bootstrap loaders and BIOSes and target compilers and whatnot).  And
>> >> still I was quite unsure what difference to expect when installing
>> >> Knoppix on hard disk as compared to running from CD.
>> So?  Is it not reasonable to assume that a PC operating system would
>> be "reasonably responsive" when installed on a modern PC?
>> >> And yes, the impression "sluggish and basically not useful" can come
>> >> from a live CD.  
>> For the exceptionally dull-witted, maybe.  Most would recognize that
>> it's a limited trial, amazing in that it works at all!
> I can't hear the CD drive on my PC.  My PC is under my desk, and I 
> usually have a TV or radio on when I'm doing stuff on the PC.
> Furthermore, the average person only runs kind of thing on a PC directly 
> from a CD--the installer program that comes with the Windows programs he 
> has purchased.  A decently constructed installation CD will mostly just 
> be copying stuff off the CD, not seeking a lot, and should be laid out 
> so that goes fast.  Hence, installation programs won't give the average 
> person a good opportunity to notice the CDs are slow at seeking.
> Finally, a decent fraction of consumers will have experience with 
> running console games of CDs.  They get decent performance there.
> There's simply nothing in their experience to indicate that a live CD 
> should be slow, and there are things in their experience to indicate 
> that it could be fast.

Linosuck and chrisv's arguments are a prime indicator of "slopware"
thinking. They don't have one iota of a clue for how the average user
thinks or uses a PC.

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