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LinuxPlanet: From the Desktop: Opening Up the Rest of Linux

Jul 14, 2000, 13:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"As a sort of "welcome to the new neighborhood" column, I was going to celebrate with a sneak peek at Red Hat 7.0. Alas, the people in the scarlet chapeaus have threatened me with severe punishment if I even breathe a word of what's under the hood. Since I really enjoy writing with all ten digits in perfect working order, I have opted out of discussing that topic."

"But the very strictly enforced non-disclosure agreement from Red Hat raises an interesting question--when does a Linux company get so big that by virtue of its size it starts behaving like the company it and its peers swore it would never emulate? The last time I saw an NDA like this was from Redmond when I was testing Windows 95."

"Face it, Red Hat and some of the other Linux companies, now flush with wealth, fame, and influence in the computer and business world, are starting to react in a perfectly human manner: they're trying like heck to keep it."

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