Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Jul 2009 19:16 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Linux desktop has come a long way. It's a fully usable, stable, and secure operating system that can be used quite easily by the masses. Not too long ago, Sun figured they could do the same by starting Project Indiana, which is supposed to deliver a complete distribution of OpenSolaris in a manner similar to GNU/Linux. After using the latest version for a while, I'm wondering: why?
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RE: Reinventing the wheel?
by orfanum on Tue 21st Jul 2009 13:12 UTC in reply to "Reinventing the wheel?"
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/Rant mode on/

This is nothing personal but if there's one thing that gets my goat it's this anodyne trotting out of 'are you/they trying to reinvent the wheel?'; it's one of the most destructive of rhetorical devices and i wish it could be banned;

a) if someone had not spent a lot of time reinventing the wheel, we would not have spokes or pneumatic tyres, and we certainly would not have F1 racing...

b) The Hovercraft could be said to be a 'reinvention' of the wheel, in the same way that helicopters reinvented the fixed winged plane.

Let's look at basic functions and purposes; we may all in the end be getting from A to B, and some of us may want to fly as a means of doing so but does that mean we should sit there, looking at the birds, because there's no point in reinventing what your average winged creature does. Did nature leave the bat wingless because there were already feathers?

If you mean, "I have this and it suits me but hey, you are free to rustle up something different that suits you better", then fine, but usually the import is, "Hey, I reckon what I have will do everything so why are you bothering". The comment is superficial and superfluous at best, and is singularly negative at worst.

/Rant mode off/

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