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osOpinion: To John C. Dvorak: A Word To The Wise (Or Other-Wise)

Oct 31, 2000, 07:49 (1 Talkback[s])
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"But mostly I am intrigued by your formula for success in the May 29, 1990 PC Magazine. "So, all we need is a platform that the core influencers all agree on and we're off to the races. How important is initial massive software support? It's not...."

"And in the other corner we have Linux leading the reinvigorated Unix, which now seems to be melding into Linux, and Linux is completely open, so that it actually fits Zachmann's description ("IBM At War With The World", PC Magazine, January 31, pg 81) of why the IBM PC took over the personal computer market and wiped the floor clean of competing architectures: "Its freely available specifications made it easy for other vendors to develop software, add-in boards, and peripherals for it - and it also made it easy for others to build entire systems that would be compatible with it."

"What is even more interesting is that Linux has captured the imagination of so many users and independent developers. Or at least the KDE team, for an example, is as independent as ever before. Ditto the Open Source Digital Library System, Gnumeric, PostgreSQL, just to take a random sample from the open source movement. And the commercial sector has been showing some signs that Linux fascinates them - embedded and real-time systems are adopting Linux for some very good reasons, database vendors have adopted Linux as a valid platform, and as Linux builds momentum in the supercomputer realm, and as it becomes possible to turn an idle Network Of Workstations (NOW) into a supercomputer with minimum changes to the Linux kernel, I predict that anyone who wants serious numbercrunching at minimum cost, is going to be fervently pro-Linux."

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