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Should We Listen to Walt Mossberg?

Sep 22, 2007, 00:00 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Jordan)

"Walter Mossberg, an influential tech columnist who writes primarily for the Wall Street Journal, wrote a piece the other day in which he said that Linux still wasn't ready for mainstream users. Linux enthusiasts like myself see a piece like this from such a high-profile columnist as a tremendous setback for our work. For me, Mossberg is the equivalent of Robert Parker in the world of wine. Since I live in a wine producing region, I hear a lot of complaints about Parker. Many people think he has too much control over what wine makers do. They say that is criteria for wine has involved into the only criteria that counts and a rating from his famous wine newsletter can make or break a wine. The vintners that I talk to often bemoan the fact that he has come to have so much influence over the wine-making industry. That say that his palate has become the standard for wine and the industry has become impoverished because of this. So, when Mossberg says, as he did the other day, that Linux is not ready for the average 'mainstream' user, it's a lot like Robert Parker giving the thumbs down to your favorite Bordeaux..."

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