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DesktopLinux.com: Revenge of the UNIX Nerds: McBride Shoots, Will He Score?

Aug 29, 2002, 01:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Dean)

"Caldera is at an end. Caldera is at a beginning. It is the bet of the times. It is the gamble du jour. It is the age of the Wise Choice. It is the epoch of Folly. We have everything before us. We have nothing before us. In short, the present is now so much like the past that some of its noisiest authorities insist on its being received, for good or for evil, only in superlatives.

"Like Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, this is a story of individuals swept up by history. It's the story of an Operating System born decades ago in Bell Laboratories, and an Operating System born just a few years ago on a student's PC. It's the story of an 'acien reseller regime', with its landed nobility, and a restless population hungry for desktop bread instead of proprietary eye candy.

"It is the story of a company born deep within Novell, a giant which ignored first the rise of Windows, then the rise of Linux, while in its executive corridors and on the street, the voices calling for a revolution began in whispers, and ended in a riot of Linux distributions..."

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