Debunking TMR‘s “Prepare To Operate – Part 1“   Leave a comment

Debunking TMR‘s “Prepare To Operate – Part 1“

A video comparing UNIX and Linux

In his post “Prepare To Operate – Part 1“ TMR of the blog “C64 Crap Debunk” criticised statistics for my blog which he can‘t identify the source of, claimed to live in an abolished county, thought he could challenge my native knowledge of London, and criticised Linux OS!

I‘ve been pleased to see an increase in the hits on this website, but I don‘t know where they‘re all coming from, except from various countries. As he hasn‘t even seen my stats, I don‘t see how TMR would know either!

TMR said he worked in London for a while in the late 1990s. This has nothing to do with what‘s been happening to London since then. The destruction of London has taken place just in the last few years.

TMR claimed to live in Yorkshire. This is a county which was abolished in 1974! Its territory was redistributed amongst three new counties containing the name Yorkshire, as well as some old and new counties. These were called North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire. Some other Yorkshire territory was transferred to a few new counties not containing that name, as well as to some existing counties. Later still, the counties of South Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire were abolished and split up into lots of Unitary Authorities. The new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker was born in Skelmanthorpe, Kirklees Unitary Authority (which was in West Yorkshire at the time). To put this into some context, I could claim to live in Wessex. This a historic county and former Kingdom in southern England, which existed even before England was formed in about 970AD under King Æthelstan or Edgar (according to different sources), then continued as a county in England. The name Wessex is still used by some fanatics, but I‘m not one of them. I live in Greater London, but this county has faced territorial claims undermining its status maintained by the post Office, as well as the cricket teams of Surrey, and the abolished county of Middlesex both being based here. At least Essex Cricket Club had the decency to move out after their grounds in Leyton became part of Greater London. Yorkshire Cricket Club still has the cheek to continue to exist.

Linux is an operating system which has been adapted for lots of different hardware. The way it boots up may be different on different hardware, but once booted, I don‘t think Linux depends on making any calls to a PC BIOS ROM, a Mac ROM, or any other ROM. It‘s known as a monolithic Kernel, meaning that it contains drivers for almost any hardware the user may want to plug in, instead of having to install special drivers. In this way it seems similar to the classic Amiga Workbench OS, but this required the command bindrivers in the file “startup-sequence“, so I suppose you could say that means it‘s not the same kind of operating system at all. This method on Amiga OS is called Autoconfig, pre dating Plug and Play on Windows. All Linux distros are built round the Linux Kernel, but have a choice of desktops and different package managers for installing new software. Linux used to be quite difficult to get into, but has now become fairly user friendly, although some distrtos such as Arch insist on making users type lots of commands to get everything set up. In spite of this, some Arch based distros such as Manjaro, and Antergos have added graphical installers. Linux is much better than Windows OS, because it‘s more carefully thought out, doesn‘t depend on typing in a licence number and new distros are available free, so Linux users tend not to use versions as old as Windows 7. Updates are also carried out quite easily and Linux doesn‘t make you wait ages to turn off your computer. I wonder how many thousands or millions of buses, other trips, etc, etc have been missed or fires caused because of Microsoft screens telling Windows users that they mustn‘t turn off their computers because Windows is installing updates? Any Windows user who in frustration turned off their computer by pressing the power button while this is going on have to wait until returning home from their trip to find out whether or not they can boot up their computer again.

That‘s all for now. Look forward to another post soon. This will either be more about operating systems, or about doing graphics on the C64 using techniques from “The Machine Language Book of the Commodore 64“.

Posted December 15, 2017 by C64hater in Uncategorized

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