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Linux.com: An Analogy: MS Fundamentalism vs. Linux Spirituality

Sep 30, 1999, 18:10 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maurice Entwistle)

"I believe that looking at the "Cold War" between GNU/Linux and Microsoft as a war between fundamentalism and spirituality may shed some light on why open source will eventually dominate the software world, not by killing closed source, but by forcing it to open."

"Microsoft has been and continues to fight for its survival with FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt). It also uses power and control to force compliance. It is a top-down organization, struggling to control and monopolize the avenues of information transfer. Its top down model and insistence maintaining itself as the one and only way, is easily compared to fundamentalism. And what do fundamentalists stoop to when challenged by superior knowledge, technique or insight? You guessed it, FUD."

"GNU/Linux and its open source model is an example of the evolutionary process rearing its head in the world of software. Where many new and exciting software models have failed, GNU/Linux is succeeding. Just as organismic evolution produces many false starts which die out, so the software world is littered with alternative operating systems which have come, shown brightly and died."

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