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Posted Nov 19, 2004 19:23 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
In reply to: Inaccuracy and further comment by edgewood
Parent article: Solaris 10

You seem to be taking rate of growth as velocity. That ruins the analogy, because in physics, velocity isn't the rate at which the mass in increasing.

I don't see any way to break down OS momentum into analogies of mass and velocity.

But I don't think rate of growth is any part of an OS' momentum. Momentum is the tendency of a moving object to keep moving. An object with great momentum doesn't speed up or get larger. It just doesn't come to rest easily.

I see Solaris as having great momentum. Longtime users give an OS momentum. I can't tell how much momentum Linux has. New users are often easily switched to something else.

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Posted Nov 20, 2004 7:23 UTC (Sat) by hppnq (guest, #14462) [Link]

Now, black holes and OSes, there's an analogy. ;-)

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