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IT.MyCareer.com: No one is indispensable, not even Bill Gates

Nov 13, 2001, 09:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gilmour)
"Tell me the old firm's staff are wonderful and I smile. Congratulate me on their patience, service and skills, and I purr. Watch them make money, and a warm glow suffuses the whole world. But demonstrate that one is indispensable, and the response is automatic and immediate. We plan to go without them.

...On Bootery computer No.13, however, there is an ultimate weapon against Billionaire Bill. Quietly, The Bootery's Tech Person a family member whose indispensability is also a worry has installed software that can replace Microsoft. Computer 13 is loaded with free software downloaded from the Internet.

Its operating system is Linux, it has no-name applications software that is already handling links to the Internet, and it is running tests of The Bootery's own purpose-written Point of Sale and Inventory software.

Every month or so, a cheer goes up when the Tech Person reports another successful trial with a Linux-based program. There is rejoicing when speed tests of software demonstrate that Linux handles number crunching faster on an old Pentium 1 than MS Kremlin does on a new Pentium 24."

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