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Linux.com: Journalism: Key Ingredient to FUDge

Aug 10, 2000, 13:35 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen F.)

"...I recently saw another column at ZDNet regarding the long overdue and much anticipated Linux 2.4 kernel. I can safely say that although this article is hardly neutral toward the situation, it looks as though the author, Ms. Mary Jo Foley, has made some kind of attempt at objectivity."

"It outlines some strengths of the new kernel to be, as well as some flaws. Actually, it flushes the flaws down my throat. It begins by saying that as major distribution vendors are shifting to the next major versions of their distributions, the new 2.4 kernel is all but ready. Therefore, either these companies will ship beta code, or an old kernel that will be outdated within three months or so. They also failed to mention that the user can upgrade his kernel at will, when it's released."

"...Now, perhaps I'm a conspiracy theorist, but if ZDNet has so few good things to say about Linux, and neither do any of their respondants, then there is something wrong at ZDNet. They [ZDNet] spread more Linux FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt) than even Microsoft. Perhaps Microsoft has bought the copyrights to FUD, and ZDNet has an exclusive license to distribute it."

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