Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

In light of the fact that most people spend their days avoiding work, here's a look at what is the better version of this popular game.

Given Xpat2's clear ease-of-play advantage, availability of source code, user-friendly license and far greater choice of games, we would have to rank the free software product a clear winner over the captive software product.

So the next time some PHB wants to know why Linux is superior to Microsoft products, remember: PHBs aren't capable of abstract thinking. That's why they're PHBs instead of software engineers or philosophers. Don't explain, just sit the PHB down in front of a computer or two capable of running Microsoft Solitaire and Xpat2 and invite him/her/it to play a game of cards. What could be simpler?

And while the PHB is figuring out how to use the mouse, you can get some actual work done. Or do something useful, like play cards.

Products: Xpat2; SolitaireVendor: Heiko Eissfeldt and Michael Bischoff; MicrosoftOperating System: Linux, Linux-like OSes; probably others WindowsLicense: Partially GPLed, see the man page; Copyright by Microsoft and defended by the largest army of lawyers in the world, including the Justice Dept.Pretty girl?: Yes; NoComes bundled with: Many Linux distros; probably others WindowsGame(s) played: Klondike, Spider, Gypsy, Free Cell, Haven, Idiot's Delight, Monte Carlo, etc.; Las Vegas or StandardSmart cards: Yes; YesAccepts user-supplied cards?: Yes; NoPrice: Often bundled with Linux distros, free on the Net; Bundled with WindowsLatest version: 1.07; ??Documentation: Yes; YesRPM package: Yes; You're new here, aren't you?

Ursula K. Penguin lives in a small Oregon college town, where she teaches creative literature when she isn't dodging trees on the highway. She is the author of a number of excellent work avoidance tools, like the popular The Drill Press of Heaven computer game. She is currently avoiding work on an update of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, The Pirates of Penguins, about the titanic struggle between Microsoft and Linux.



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Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

Anonymous's picture

when not used for time travel my compaq portable II [a 286 12 machine w/ plasma display] is great for frightening

children w/ microsoft solitaire - the 287 coprocessor is not

required but does speed things up - I also recommend

the "cheater version" of microsoft solitaire by Moon Valley Software - so what if linux runs on 386 machines - I'm

running windows with a processor that has only ~ 800,000


Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

Anonymous's picture

Solitare was the "killer application" for win3.0.

Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

Anonymous's picture

that is SO!!!! true

Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

ghostdancer's picture

No... kpat is better...

The DISutility of Labor

Anonymous's picture

This reminds me of the fact that so many people, including Marxists and Keynsian economists, cannot grasp the fundimental attribute of Labor: Its disutility.

Why is it so hard to understand that people do not like to work? That they will pay vast sums of money to reduce the labor required to perform a task, that they will pay others to perform tasks that still require labor, or surprise avoid labor alltogether when possible?

I'm not talking about things people do for fun. There are lots of reasons people contribute labor to the production of Linux, for exmple, and rarely is monitary gain a reason. However, there is almost always something gained, a reward, for doing work, even if that reward is personal "fun", and if the reward did not exist the work would not get done.

Those few who labor and produce just because they must through some internal need, are usually referred to as "psycotic", "insane", "driven", and other negative. Sometimes the work so produced is later recognized as genious, a gift to our shared history by "the artist who died in poverty."

I don't expect Linus T. is going to die in poverty any more than Linus Pauling did.


Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

Bobster's picture

Awesome article! Especially after fighting with Windows 2000 all day. However, I do think *Bob* is



Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

Anonymous's picture

PySol trumps Xpat2!

Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

Anonymous's picture

Xpat2 has a great feature for ending games; hit the button called "move to stack" and any card that is face up will, if possible, be moved to the appropriate stack. This means that when all the cards are face up, you can end the game with one click, a major improvement over the Microsoft product.

Try right-clicking when playing the Microsoft offering. On Windows 2000, at least, you will see the same effect as "move to stack".

Re: Solitaire: A Consumer Comparison

Anonymous's picture

I Agree!