• If Operating Systems were airlines

    This choice analysis comes from LL:

     If Operating Systems were Airlines.
    VISTA AIRLINES  An upgrade to SEVEN AIR is offered at the gate.
    SEVEN AIR  Flights are packed with passengers.  An on-board Complimentary Service is offered to deter passengers from bringing something better with them.  The preferred airline of Business Class passengers, whether they remember the flight or not.
    EIGHT AIR  Every flight encounters turbulence no matter what route is logged. Passengers arrive frazzled and disoriented. The fleet was upgraded but the instrument panels were designed by Fisher Price – confusing the crew. A free ticket on TEN AIR is forced on all passengers – so they will continue to love flying.
    TEN AIR  Snotty crew. Shifty documentation. Passengers are frisked regularly during the flight to keep the planes operating properly. In-flight meals are free and mandatory. Flight attendants have been replaced with an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator to serve you peanuts. The plane undergoes maintenance while at cruising speed so as not to inconvenience the ground crew.
    MAC AIRWAYS  The cashiers, flight attendants, and pilots all look the same, feel the same and act the same. When asked questions about the flight they reply that you don’t want to know, don’t need to know, and would you please return to your seat and watch the movie.
    VMS AIRLINES The passengers all gather in the hanger, watching hundreds of technicians check the flight systems on this immense, luxury aircraft. This plane has at least 10 engines and seats over 1,000 passengers. All the passengers scramble aboard, as do the necessary complement of 200 technicians. The pilot takes his place up in the glass cockpit. He guns the engines, only to realize that the plane is too big to get through the hangar doors!
    UNIX EXPRESS Each passenger brings a piece of the air plane and a box of tools to the airport. They gather on the tarmac, arguing constantly about what kind of plane they want to build and how to put it together. Eventually, they build several different aircraft, but give them all the same name. Some passengers actually reach their destinations. All passengers believe they got there.
    XP JUMBO LINES  On board meals are served with a full page text of instructions that serve no purpose whatsoever. The fleet is vast and boasts of multicolored life vests with smiley faces on them.
    LINUX AIRLINES An airline exclusively catering to Atheists, Global Warming Enthusiasts and those who want to fly without the threat of terrorist attack. All passengers travel free. Passengers prepare the aircraft for take-off, partition it, bring their own in-flight granola bars, soy beverages and organically grown silk parachutes. The fleet has no seats, life vests, crew or ‘windows’. The passengers take turn flying and landing the plane.