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LXer: History's on the Linux Side of the Equation

Feb 10, 2006, 01:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Adelstein)

"For the people who think free software stinks, here's a bit of history for you. A bottle cap salesman named King had an idea. King's boss at Crown Cork & Seal, William Painter told him to come up with something which, once used, people will throw away. Painter told him that the customer will come back for more.

"King had the idea to give something away at a very low price but sell a critical component. No, this wasn't the start of the Inkjet Printer. Though, I'm sure the Japanese got their inspiration from King. This was King Camp Gillette and he came up with the cheap razor and sold people razor blades..."

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