Subject: Re: Slightly Off-Topic...
To: None <>
From: Kevin P. Neal <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 06/25/2001 20:15:31
On Mon, Jun 25, 2001 at 03:54:50PM -0500, Brian Chase wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Jun 2001, Johnny Billquist wrote:
> > I guess I'll have to pin my hopes on SUN (I never thought I'd say
> > that, but they are the only sensible company left).
> Well, there's IBM too.  Technically, I don't really think their RS/6000
> hardware is the most leading edge, and god forbid you have to use AIX as
> an OS.  Still, IBM does understand long term customer support--I'll give
> them that.  I also don't think they're going away anytime real soon.

Ha! You've never used Unix/390-or-whatever-they-call-it. The Unix-on-MVS
thing is the worst Unix on the market, hands down. Total crap. They
can't even be bothered to include the whole sendmail distribution or
bother with a basic sending-mail-only configuration. Oh, and they
just recently figured out that they needed to ship super-fancy cutting-
edge programs like "/bin/csh". Whoa. Way ahead of the curve there,
fellas. Oh, and X? Forget it. Need to eval `resize`? Forget it, learn
to use stty and set environmental variables.

These people don't buy arguments like "but EVERY LAST ONE of your
competitors ships that shell utility, why can't you?" They want
requirements (paperwork) filled out and submitted through the
user association "SHARE". That is, unless I misunderstood the IBM employee
who told me that on a listserv. 

AIX is a thing of beauty next to OE/USS/Unix-390/that-garbage-thing.
Kevin P. Neal                      
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