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PCWorld.NZ: My Secret Life

Jun 28, 2003, 02:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Geoff Palmer)

[ Thanks to coomsie for this link. ]

"I sometimes feel like David Attenborough witnessing a particularly rapid form of evolution. Over the past two or three years Linux and the open-source movement have broken through into the exponential portion of the growth curve and soared steadily skyward. The number and variety of projects underway is mind-numbing, the volume of software available, staggering; and virtually all of it is free for the price of a download.

"Anyone doubting the size of this revolution should visit this website, where you'll find a table of equivalents, replacements and analogs of Windows software in Linux. Its authors admit it's by no means complete but the file size is an impressive 110KB. Or take a look at development interchange site freshmeat.net; it lists more than 27,000 active projects.

"Some of the results are, to be sure, rough-and-ready workman's tools. Others are mature and beautifully crafted. As in nature, many won't survive beyond their first release while the dominance of others will wax and wane. Some will find specialised niches and small but dedicated bands of followers. Some will, or have already, made friends with powerful commercial interests to work in symbiotic relationships. But one thing is certain; their general contingency, like evolution itself, is now unstoppable..."

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