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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Disco Night at the Old Folks' Home

Aug 30, 2000, 13:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

[ Thanks to KevinmReichard for this link. ]

"...The old money is starting to take an interest in Linux, and no matter what you think of it, it's a little pathetically comical, like disco night at the old folks' home. Or midlife crises, when men who ought to know better do things like buy motorcycles and marry beautiful, much younger women (though in at least one case I know of -- me -- this has worked out pretty well)."

"Yet it's probably more than that. Deep down inside, even the once ultra-straight IBM has undergone some fundamental changes. I remember a meeting one evening in 1994 that I arrived at directly from a sailboat I'd been racing for the last few days. I had two-years' growth of hair, two weeks' growth of beard, and was wearing ratty grey sailing shorts, a teeshirt commemorating New Zealand's Steinlager II sailing team, and boat shoes with no socks. The meeting was heavily populated by IBM employees, one of whom asked me during a break, without even a hint of sarcasm, "So. Are you an IBMer?" (I wasn't. But she told me that in some departments IBM had come to resemble Apple in the old days.)"

"The motives, I think, haven't changed much, and, really, there's nothing wrong with that. Companies exist to produce things from which they can generate revenue, hoping that some of it is profit, and from that they pay employees who then do things like eat and sleep indoors and buy computers."

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