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PC Magazine: The Importance of Being Linux

Jun 22, 2004, 23:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)

"I still have mixed feelings about the open-source movement, mainly because its most popular component, Linux, is offered by over 100 vendors, each of whom has a slightly different product. Other than Linux, all the other open-source projects move along at a rate best described as glacial. Even principals in the community are sometimes shocked at the slowness of open-source development. This probably is a function of how motivation and lack of fear work among open-source developers. Often they're motivated like hobbyists. And there is no fear to drive anyone to do anything—no fear of getting fired or yelled at by a mean boss.

"Still, many of the results from the open-source community have been impressive..."

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