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NewsForge: How to Read Linux Reviews

Aug 26, 2005, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"Once upon a time, reviews related to GNU/Linux and free software in open source community publications and Web sites were candy-coated. We were amazed that things actually worked, even if making it work required hacking makefiles and configuration files, compiling from source, and getting your hands dirty in other ways, and gave everything glowing reviews. Today, we expect that everything should work properly the first time, every time, but still, things don't always work out as planned. Yet some readers seem to expect journalists to hide the dirty laundry of poorly designed software and badly supported hardware.

"When I choose a product to review, be it hardware or software, it's because I think it's cool..."

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