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GNU/Linux: Too Much about Hate, Not Enough About Pride

Apr 03, 2008, 22:30 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Ever since I wrote 'It's Time to Get Over Microsoft,' people have demanded in blogs and emails how I could ignore the obvious threat that Microsoft represents to free software. Usually, I ask them to read the article more carefully, and note that it suggests that free software has grown strong enough to take care of itself. The fact that so many free software supporters persist in a negative identity--that is, one defined by not being a Microsoft user--frankly puzzles me when the community has so much to be proud of in its own right.

"As a citizen of Canada, a country whose national identity is too often defined in terms of anti-Americanism, I'm all too familiar with the limitations of a negative identity. Admittedly, Microsoft bashers, just like Canadians who are hostile to the United States, are in little danger of losing their identities through the disappearance of the object of their hate, but other dangers remain..."

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