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osOpinion: Breaking Up Microsoft Is Not Enough

May 31, 2000, 07:34 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Standard)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"It is often amazing to some who observe the Open Source community how Linux enthusiasts can be so "forest for the trees" blind in their exuberance. In a couple of articles written for osOpinion some time ago, this author set forth a radical notion. That is: Linux IS a very capable OS. And there are some products that are immediately useful (like Apache, KDE Office, Inprise Tools and others). The real SUCCESS of Linux will only come when developers, team up with entrepreneurs who will finance product development that has general appeal and long term reliability at an affordable price. Boy! Talk about the flame mail in my email box. You would have thought I had published a pornographic epic or something. I was worse than uninformed according to some flamers - I was a FUD monger! No doubt this article will draw the same criticism. But, the truth is the truth, no matter how much you ignore it."

"Recently, there have been dozens of articles, expounding the same notions, which appeared on the web and in newsprint (a couple of articles have even appeared in the Wall Street Journal). Also Check out this Afr editorial: Linux Down as Microsoft holds up. Another example is the ZDNet article by John Taschek that appeared on their web site. Instead of "getting it", the same "as usual" articles appear on osOpinion attempting to prove how wrong Mr. Taschek and writers like him are and how right Open Source and Linux enthusiasts are. Wall Street and Industry analysts just can't be right, according to some. Even Red Hat's most influential executive had to get sucked in by this craze (read Bob Young's article "Open source is here to stay"). This article, forthcoming in spite of the massive recent decline of Red Hat, VALinux, and other Linux related stocks on the market. The sad part of it is that the ZDNet article and the Bloomberg article have a valid point. A point that seems to almost continuously escape the Linux community...."

"Demonizing messengers like Mr. Taschek and myself for pointing out the truth may make for steaming controversy on osOpinion or LinuxToday, but it does little in terms of what really needs to happen for Linux and the Open Software community."

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