[techtalk] DVD-ROM on Linux?

Telsa Gwynne hobbit at aloss.ukuu.org.uk
Wed Dec 15 14:08:17 EST 1999

Jenn wrote:
> >I believe they're /supposed/ to function properly most of the time,
> >Telsa...
> > 
> >Strange concept, isn't it?
Kelly wrote: 
> Thank Microsoft for the general notion that random failures are
> acceptable.

You know the funny thing? I've never used MS stuff.

Seriously, when I started playing with computers, it was after being
introduced to Ultrix. At the time, Windows 3.1 was around (I -think-),
but many home users in the UK used the Atari or, very commonly, the
Amiga, and the people I knew had that.

I knew one person with an IBM PC (of which he was most proud, being
the sort of person who thinks that a brand name is worth paying for). 
It took five minutes to boot up Windows and he used to put the 
motherboard into the freezer compartment of the fridge to cool it.

So from university and VMS and a variety of unix accounts, I went
to the Amiga, briefly, and then Linux started. And yes, things
broke, but it was usually core dumps rather than the entire OS
going down, or it was hardware hassles. (The printer and the modem
spring immediately to mind). As a result, I 'grew up' (in computerland, 
at least) with the idea that software worked, and when it didn't, it 
was generally hardware that was to blame.

When I started hearing of rebooting Windows just to... well, to
fix things, I couldn't understand it. I still can't, to be honest.


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