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LinuxTests.org: The fleminge of wrecches; why Linux is successful

Dec 29, 2000, 07:12 (1 Talkback[s])

"The more things change, the more they remain the same. Only one year ago Linux was the darling of the media and Wall Street. Linux was a Prince that potentially would overthrow the King of OSes, Windows. Today, Linux articles are filled with dyspeptic gloom and opinions about the failure of Linux to grab a large market share or mind share."

"Complaints about Linux focus on a few statements generated by spinmeisters. The spins are then repeated by many Johnny come lately newbies (in the truest sense of the word - new boys who hide their skills)."

"The first spin is that Linux isn't Windows. The second spin is that Linux is too hard to learn. Third, a subset of number two, Linux is for Geeks."

"Advocates who fall for these comments respond that Windows users are inept folks who just don't get it. They argue that Linux is more stable, Linux is free, Linux is a Command Line OS and should never be like Windows, and ultimately, Linux allows someone to get under the hood of an OS and make changes."

"We are inclined to agree with most of the above. In fact, we argue that the above reasons are exactly why Linux is successful."

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