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If Operating Systems were Airlines
DOS Airline: Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides,
then jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground
again, then push again, jump on again and so on.
Mac Airline: All the stewards, stewardesses, captains, baggage
handlers, and ticket agents look the same, act the same, and
talk the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you
are told you don't need to know, don't want to know, and
everything will be done for you without you having to know, so
just shut up.
Windows Airline: The airport terminal is nice and colorful,
with friendly stewards and stewardesses, easy access to the
plane, an uneventful takeoff...then the plane blows up without
any warning whatsoever.
NT Airline (old): Everyone marches out on the runway, says the
password in unison, and forms the outline of an airplane. Then
they all sit down and make a whooshing sound like they're
NT Airline (new): Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses
much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within
a 40-mile radius when it explodes.
Unix Airline: Everyone brings one piece of the plane with them
when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway
and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing constantly
about what kind of plane they're building.
Linux Air: Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines
decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket
counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small
fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also
download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane,
you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the
seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very
comfortable, the plan leaves and arrives on time without a single
problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers
of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is,
"You had to do what with the seat?"
OS/2 Airline: To board the plane, you have your ticket stamped
ten different times by standing in ten different lines. Then
you fill out a form showing where you want to sit and whether
it should look and feel like an ocean liner, a passenger
train, or a bus. If you succeed in getting on board the plane
and the plane succeeds in getting off the ground, you have a
wonderful trip...except for the times when the rudder and
flaps get frozen in position, in which case you have time to
say your prayers and get yourself prepared before the crash.
Newton Airline: After buying your ticket 18 months in advance, you
finally get to board the plane. Upon boarding the plane you are
asked your name. After 46 times, the crew member recognizes your
name and then you are allowed to take your seat. As you are getting
ready to take your seat, the steward announces that you have to
repeat the boarding process because they are out of room and need to
recount to make sure they can take more passengers.
Metaphor Flying Machines: The great new planes are sitting
on the runway, but the mechanics are all on strike and the ticket
agents can't sell any tickets because the planes don't have windows
and the airline hasn't figured out where they're flying to.
(Ed. - Metaphor finished a major release, but 2/3rds of the Engineers have
quit, and the product only runs on OS/2, not Windows)
Xerox Airlines: Well... our planes don't fly, but they make great
Oeroflot System/2: Airline most powerful. Carry many tractors for
you. Also to say our windows better than their windows. Would like
export license? Can sell cheap.
Taligent Airways: The lawyers and the engineers are still wrangling
over how to get the railroad cars to inherit the flying method. In the
meantime IBM is building a secret railgun in Santa Teresa to launch
them into suborbital flight towards Redmond. Passengers need not