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OSOpinion: The SUITS

Mar 08, 1999, 00:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Mullikin)

Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link.

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Hypothetical company: This company has alot of money. And so they can throw alot of resources around. So they dress up in suits and go to a Linux expo. They walk around the booths and someone directs them over to Caldera. They (Microsoft) talk with the representatives at the booth and find out that Linux is a free operating system kernel based on the GNU utilities

"Suits could also have a bad influence on GNU Linux. For example, with IBM, Oracle, Sybase, Informix, and all of the other suits jumping on the "Linux bandwagon" you have to ask yourself "Where did they find out about GNU Linux?" "From what perspective are they approaching GNU Linux?""

"These are very critical questions. And the answers are even more critical. With Corel slated to release a distro before the end of 1999, these type of questions are relevant because ultimately, you and I the user, are going to be part of their sphere of influence whether we like it or not. And these suits, they are businesspeople before they are anything else. So that is probably their perspective. They are not purists, like Richard Stallman."

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