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Wired: Linux Might Be Too Big for Tux

Aug 30, 2001, 00:43 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Farhad Manjoo)
"In the past, LinuxWorld has had a refreshing lightheartedness to it. Since the open-source people who usually flock to Linux events are more carefree than the marketing types who clog other Internet events, the conferences have been, at the very least, tolerable.

This year the marketers have attacked. Now, it's virtually impossible to walk around LinuxWorld without hearing pitches from company reps extolling the benefits of Linux for "mission-critical applications in the enterprise," or some such drivel. ... What's great about de Icaza and Friedman is that, although they can easily use words like "productize" and "enterprise" when talking about some aspects of their company, they're intimately knowledgeable about the technology they're building. They are coders at heart, and you can see their enthusiasm for their code when they demonstrate it -- which is more than can be said about a lot of the firms here."

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