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AllLinuxDevices: Editor's Note: Wayward Editor Mispredicts the Death of FUD

Sep 27, 2000, 18:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"In an editorial from a few months back entitled "The FUD-Defying Embedded Penguin," I argued that embedded Linux enjoyed a special immunity from the sort of anti-Free Software propaganda we've all had to endure for years in the traditional server/workstation arena."

"It works, and that's all an engineer needs to know," I enthused, based in part on the snickering reception I saw a Microsoft representative receive at a wearables conference."

"Maybe I should have changed that to read "It works, and that's all some engineers need to know to get to work explaining why it probably ought best be ignored anyhow."

"...Open Source is anathema to people who have relied on this seeming inaccessibility to maintain a firm grip on their niche, and the threat of openness spreading to the world of embedded computing has produced some astoundingly convoluted reasoning. One of the debaters even went so far as to claim that open standards will be used to crush small companies trying to break into the market. When you consider how frantically Microsoft has set out to proprietize and break every standard it can get its hands on (Kerberos, anybody?), you have to wonder what rabbit hole you've fallen down on your way to the embedded conference."

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