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Stupid penguin-baiting rant du jour

Jan 27, 2009, 14:33 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

"A crass, ugly headline is the most important thing: "Windows kicks Linux to the curb" -- not bad! There's a violent image to it, it likens Linux with trash, and the use of slang lends a kind of "street cred" to it -- even if the slang is 10 years old (more evidence that Harris is an old-timer).

"Next, you have to follow through with more ugliness and violence, in order to keep everyone's hackles raised throughout the read. Linux will die, but thrash around in its death throes enough to hurt the establishment, the story generally goes. And sure enough, Harris here hits his full stride, with tactless phrases like "nail in the coffin" and "game over" for Linux. Meanwhile, Linux has made economics "brutal" for Microsoft, and has already "inflicted pain" on Windows, despite "losing the fight."

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