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osOpinion: Curing the Linux Zealot

Aug 30, 2000, 07:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Esko Woudenberg)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Linux enthusiasts often come under scrutiny from users of proprietary systems."

"Not all users of proprietary systems look upon Linux enthusiasts with disdain. The last place I worked at, the networking department installed a proprietary firewall system that had a limitation of 100 active rules. (For an installation with about 5,000 users this can present significant challenges.) The personnel would have preferred to use Open Source tools in order to accomplish the same tasks with greater flexibility...."

"There is no way to get rid of the Linux Zealot until the people labeling them realize that they have simply chosen an "alternative computing lifestyle." Even though Linux enthusiasts take pride in their choice of operating system, realize that most of us greatly anticipate the day when truly open standards prevail: When a user's choice of software is no more significant than their choice of car, long distance provider, cell phone service, internet service provider, water company, stereo equipment, electric company, fax machine, modem. (But wait, you say, those are all insignificant choices. And why? Because all those things are based on the use of open standards which supports full inter-operability.)"

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