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Salon: Is Red Hat becoming Linux's Microsoft?

Jul 14, 1999, 14:17 (19 Talkback[s])

"Hardly. But as the lovey-dovey Linux business matures, elbows are beginning to fly."

"The hardcore geeks chuckled when the prizes were passed out near the end of the June Bay Area Linux Users Group meeting. LinuxCare, a fast-growing start-up specializing in support for the Linux-based operating system, was giving away free copies of a perky promotional poster featuring a naked woman guarding her buttocks with a Debian Linux CD-ROM. The point being, of course, that if you choose to purchase LinuxCare support services, you've covered your ass."

"The poster was a parody of this spring's notorious Simply Palm advertising campaign for the Palm V handheld computer. But the geeks weren't giggling at the naked lady. Instead, they were appreciating a more subtle stab of humor: a LinuxCare dig at Red Hat, the U.S. market leader in packaged Linux distributions. Just three weeks earlier, at the Linux Expo in North Carolina in late May, LinuxCare had earned Red Hat's ire by distributing copies of a similar poster that displayed a Red Hat CD-ROM."

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