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osOpinion: Memo to Microsoft: Stop Attacking Linux

Mar 02, 2001, 07:11 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Esko Woudenberg)

[ Thanks to Kelly McNeill for this link. ]

"I was at a Linux World Expo in San Jose, California a couple of years ago and attended Linus Torvalds' keynote speech."

"Before Linus took the stage there was an introduction by John "MadDog" Hall. The audience members were asked to raise their hands if any of them had contributed anything to Linux that was generally included in one of the major distributions. Several hundred (maybe more) hands were raised."

"Hall then asked if anyone attending had contributed anything that was generally included with Windows. Just one or maybe two people raised their hands that I could see."

"The point is that Linux is an operating system that was created by its users. The users of the operating system created, improved, enhanced, optimized, ported and adapted it. Linux is a natural reflection of the needs of its users. What is being worked on is a real-time reflection of what users of the system want and/or need."

"If you are skilled enough (and don't mind dozens, hundreds, or thousands of people double-checking your work and criticizing or improving on it) you can become one of them. If you prefer, you can simply install one of the existing Linux distributions and make use of all these capabilities without contributing code yourself."

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