} But the businesses rejected Apple, saying amongst themselves, "We
} already have Windows 3.1, and it would take thousands, if not millions,
} to change our ways. We can work with the bugs and the occasional GPFs,
} and still get our work done more or less on time -- why bother to
} change?" And thus with Microsoft did they remain.
} Microsoft saw this, and reported to Mr. Gates, saying, "If we have the
} confidence of the businesses, why do we need the home users? Certainly
} we can raise the price of our software exponentially, and thus make a
} tidy profit." But Mr. Gates said unto them, "No, I want to rip away
} the purse of every man, woman, and child; we shall make our software
} available for everyone, regardless of status; we shall make our
} marketing so convincing, even those who do not own a personal computer
} shall buy Windows 95; and we shall make it full of holes, so that we
} may constantly release new revisions, lo, even unto the twelfth
} generation of users, though we deliver the product a year late and too
} expensive by half."
} And it was so.
} And the users did see the marketing acclaiming Windows 95, and
} immediately forgot all trespasses made against them by Microsoft, and
} headed to the store in droves. Those who claimed that they never
} really liked Apple anyway took their legacy computers out of the closet
} and began the labor-intensive installation process, complete with
} cursing and much pounding on the innocent boxes, as was decreed in the
} Microsoft User manual.
} Apple saw the mass exodus from their systems, and there was much
} wailing and gnashing of teeth. The CEOs did rend their clothes from
} their bodies and bathe themselves in ashes, crying "Woe, woe are we;
} our attempts to render users mindless has backfired, and they will now
} fall for anything that even remotely resembles our own OS. Woe, woe,
} woe." And they took a small break in their woeing to fire a few random
} CEOs that weren't wailing quite loud enough, and named them
} A man named Linus did see the mindless gibberings of the users, and the
} complaints of those not yet fully purged of all thought, and said to
} himself, "What if I were to make an OS free of problems, free to all?"
} And lo, he set himself down and churned out a decent source code. He
} then released it to the world, saying, "Look upon what I have created;
} let all build upon it as to their individual talents and abilities, and
} improve on it in a hopefully bug-free way. Thus we may become free of
} the tirades of the large companies, and gain our minds." And a few
} users rejoiced, and began to spread the word.
} You owe the Oracle a Linux box with universal compatibility and a GUI