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Feb 20, 2011, 03:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

""The first thing is, we're not fanboys," senior editor Robin Miller told me when I first started writing for Linux.com in 2004. He meant that, although that incarnation of the site was obviously about free and open source software (FOSS), its purpose was not to uncritically support it. He wanted the site to have some journalistic standards -- a difficult and frequently unpopular goal, considering how many parts of FOSS seem given over to fans. I found the comment reassuring, because I have always been of two minds about fan-like behavior wherever I've found it.

"Take, for example, the local Ubuntu meetup group. Closing in on five hundred members, it's probably the largest FOSS group in my area, and I plan to attend some of its events this year. But I'm mildly put off -- no doubt unfairly -- by the limitless, unbounded enthusiasm of the organizers, who apparently have time to send two or three messages a day to the meetup's members."

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