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Salon: Do penguins eat apples?

Sep 28, 1999, 13:52 (8 Talkback[s])

"Once upon a time, Apple dreamed of killing giants. Today, that hope belongs to a new generation -- of open-source programmers."

"For Macintosh lovers, the joking question posed in early August in the online discussion forum 'comp.sys.mac.advocacy' packed a diabolical punch -- the kind that stabs you in the gut even as it makes you laugh. In a topic titled 'A little Linux advocacy,' a software developer named John Jensen rhetorically addressed Apple founder and current interim CEO Steve Jobs. 'Steve,' asked Jensen, 'do you want to sell colored plastic all your life or do you want to change the world?'"

"Sure to ring a bell with any follower of Apple, the jibe made reference to a hallowed landmark of Apple history -- that moment when Jobs seduced Pepsi executive John Sculley into becoming Apple's CEO by asking him, 'Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?'"

"How times change."

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