If operating systems were airlines, what kind of service would they offer? Here is a lighthearted look at what passengers could expect.
DOS Air: All the passengers go out onto the runway, grab hold of the plane, push it until it gets in the air, hop on, jump off when it hits the ground again, push it back into the air, hop on, and so on.
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.
Windows Airlines: The terminal is very neat and clean, the attendants are all very attractive, the pilots very capable. The fleet of Lear jets the carrier operates is immense. Your jet takes off without a hitch, pushing up above the clouds and, at 20,000 feet, it explodes without warning.
OS/2 Skyways: The terminal is almost empty with only a few prospective passengers milling about. The announcer says that their flight has just departed and wishes them a good flight, although there are no planes on the runway. Airline personnel walk around, apologizing profusely to customers in hushed voices, pointing from time to time to the sleek powerful jets outside the terminal on the field. They tell each passenger how good the real flight will be on these new jets and how much safer it will be than Windows Airlines but that they will have to wait a little longer for the technicians to finish flight systems.
Fly Windows NT: All the passengers carry their seats out onto the tarmac, placing the chairs in the outline of a plane. They all sit down, flap their arms and make jet swooshing sounds as if they are flying.
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