Rationalize Away, Brother!

I saw this on Green Hat Journal:

Eric Raymond lambasted open-source hackers for their pathetic user-interfaces: "This kind of fecklessness [in UI design] is endemic in open-source land. And it's what's keeping Microsoft in business — because by Goddess, they may write crappy insecure overpriced shoddy software, but on this one issue their half-assed semi-competent best is an order of magnitude better than we usually manage."

One thing we (Microsoft) have on them (Eric Raymond and friends) is that we write software people actually buy. Hell, in their case they find it hard to give it away.

I wonder how does the Mac fit into Eric's rationalization. It can't be the UI...


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Written on March 2, 2004