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Chicago Tribune: Linux letters

Nov 29, 1999, 16:42 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jimmy Guterman)

"Two weeks ago I wrote a column on Linux and said, "Linux distributions are like rock'n'roll bands: Everyone has a favorite one, with reasons that are more emotional than anything else." My basic point was that Linux distributions are fragmenting and that the trend might not be good for the world of open source, a world I find exciting and provocative."

"As you might expect of any column on the Web that didn't claim that everything in open source is perfect and everything in the world of Windows-centric software was terrible, evil and about to disappear, I quickly found myself lost under an avalanche of e-mail, more than 90 percent of it negative. This week, I'll share some of the printable e-mails and respond to them...."

"Now that Linux has supplanted the Macintosh OS as the favorite operating system for people who hate Microsoft, many of the same attitudes expressed by the Mac Marines have been picked up by a group I'll call the Penguinheads. Most of them don't argue facts (and I love arguing facts, guys); they argue against my right to express a point of view...."

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