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osOpinion: Understanding Fear of the Gnu

Mar 01, 2001, 06:43 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan W.)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"Open source software is a serious threat to all that is good and true and right in this country." Not surprising and easily dismissed as anti-GNU (GNU's not Unix) rhetoric from a company that is running scared, but the issues are much older, wobblier and more complex than "Windows good, Linux bad."

"The threat to innovation must be seriously considered. If GNU-ware can be used effectively in place of applications that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, how can serious software companies hope to compete? Huge financial and intellectual resources are being drawn away from industry by open source freeware."

"Yet, upon examination, what other conclusion can be reached than that the industry is grossly over-pricing its product? Innovation largely seems to consist of adding a lot of gadgetry and minimum performance. Very often, the superficial improvements detract from performance and/or efficient use, over which the user is given little control in applications delivered as unified packages."

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