On Wed, Mar 14, 2001 at 01:57:04PM +0000, Justin Mason mentioned:
> While I'm responding... in that spirit, I heartily recommend _The
> X-Windows Disaster_ from the Unix-Hater's handbook.
"The database client/server model (the server machine stores all the data,
and the clients beseech it for data) makes sense. The computation
client/server model (where the server is a very expensive or experimental
supercomputer, and the client is a desktop workstation or portable
computer) makes sense. But a graphical client/server model that slies the
interface down some arbitrary middle is like Solomon following through
with his child-sharing strategy. The legs, heart, and left eye end up on
the server, the arms and lungs go to the client, the head is left rolling
around on the floor, and blood spurts everywhere."
When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain or command:
to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
-- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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