If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines…
Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they come to the
airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece
by piece, arguing non-stop about what kind of plane they are supposed
to be building.
Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on
and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push
again, jump on again, and so on…
All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents
look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about
details, you are gently but firmly told that you don’t need to know,
don’t want to know, and everything will be done for you without your
ever having to know, so just shut up.
The terminal is pretty and colourful, with friendly stewards, easy
baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10
minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.
Windows NT Air
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
Windows XP Air
You turn up at the airport,which is under contract to only allow XP
Air planes. All the aircraft are identical, brightly coloured and three
times as big as they need to be. The signs are huge and all point the
same way. Whichever way you go, someone pops up dressed in a cloak and
pointed hat insisting you follow him. Your luggage and clothes are
taken off you and replaced with an XP Air suit and suitcase identical
to everyone around you as this is included in the exorbitant ticket
cost. The aircraft will not take off until you have signed a contract.
The inflight entertainment promised turns out to be the same Mickey
Mouse cartoon repeated over and over again. You have to phone your
travel agent before you can have a meal or drink. You are searched
regularly throughout the flight. If you go to the toilet twice or more
you get charged for a new ticket. No matter what destination you booked
you will always end up crash landing at Whistler in Canada.
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
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 plane 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?”
Yeah, cukup menggambarkan gw rasa. Klo Mac(bukan Mikael Aditya Candra), berdasarkan pengalaman teman saya, Nicky, seorang fanboy Mac, membuat FTP hanya beberap klik saja (dan gw harus install VSFTPD dan config ini itu di FreeBSD!). Dan dia bahkan g tau apa yang baru saja terjadi. Sesuai lah sama analoginya.
Yang memprihatinakan sebenarnya bagian Linux. Yup, ini sangat tepat, karena berdasarkan pengalaman gw menggunakan distro Ubuntu (yang notabene user friendly), Linux memang sebuah OS khusus buat dioprek. Bisa diobok-obok sepuasnya sampai jadi apapun yang anda inginkan. Sayangnya, tidak semua orang punya waktu atau semangat belajar untuk melakukan hal tersebut. Hmm, memang dibutuhkan waktu untuk membiasakan orang dengan software-software open source.