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A tale of two tricycles

Once upon a time in a land far away ... I lent my little boy's Kettler tricycle to his pre-school for use in the drop in center they maintain in the gym - a place where parents can bring kids to play with other kids and a whole basketball court full of neat toys, mats, and climbables.

As you can see from the picture the Kettler is a pretty high end production - actually a marvel of German engineering with lots of features including:

In contrast the school's own tricycle is a piece of junk, it has no gears, no brakes, no air tires, an uncomfortable seat, and turns over on corners.

After watching kids, and their parents, play with both I've reached the unhappy conclusion that the piece of junk is the better fit for job. Here's why:

So why discuss this in an IT blog? Because what happened to the Kettler here is precisely what happens when the typical Microsoft expert gets hold of Linux -it's a pearls and swine issue: they're not going to figure out what it really does, they're going to force it fit what they know and then complain bitterly when it fails to meet their expectations.

Paul Murphy wrote and published The Unix Guide to Defenestration. Murphy is a 25-year veteran of the I.T. consulting industry, specializing in Unix and Unix-related management issues.