Age cutoff, was: Recommendations for operating system
zmerch-cctalk at 30below.com
Mon Aug 28 14:02:06 CDT 2006
Rumor has it that Hans Franke may have mentioned these words:
>...Asking me about the 'huge' old disks and showing
>complete surprise when I pulled an 8". Even having a hard time to
>understand the idea of 3" disks :))
I now keep a box of 8" disks on my desk just for that purpose - even though
I've never owned a computer that actually used 'em. ;-)
>To conclude this (on my side), for me freedom is more important than any
>pure dogma, rules are to avoide problems, not to curb freedom, and no
>rule should be made just out of momentary feelings.
Yes, but what if that freedom *is* the problem? One of the things that have
been stated by not only the original creator of the list (anyone remember
his name? Sellam; Tony; Me (yes, me - this is a trivia question after
all... ;-) a handful of others, but many folks on the list only know Jay as
the list-marm) and Jay both have stated that this list should never
degenerate to a "WinTel support list." And also, *IMHO* any Linux kernel
version newer than... say... 1.3.x is also too new to be considered "classic."
If this is truly what's happening now, then I think the list won't be
nearly as active (or subsequently, interesting) WRT the older machines.
>And properly used (and as hard as it comes for me to advocate this),
>Pentiums are by now quite fine on this list.
Ah, but only Jay has the power to set policy - if he states that Pentiums
are off-topic for the list, then "so geht es Ihnen."
 Auf English: "That's the way it goes."
See? I still remember a [very] little of my Deutsch... :-)
IMHO, what I'd like to see is a ballpark rule (15 years would be my "sweet
spot") but allow/disallow families of computers if they're deemed "odd"
enough to be instant classics. My Amiga (by the 10-year-rule) is still
off-topic, having been built in '98.
Jay? Is it time to rethink the list charter, or should we all STFU?
Roger "Merch" Merchberger
Roger "Merch" Merchberger -- SysAdmin, Iceberg Computers
zmerch at 30below.com
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