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CNET News: Reconsidering Linux

Jul 31, 2003, 13:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian Murdock)

"Proclamations of Linux's commercial success are frequently punctuated with statements about how some analyst firm has found that sales have grown faster than has any operating system since 1999, or that Linux server shipments make it the second most popular operating system for servers.

"To me, this kind of 'Linux as product' mentality misses the entire point of Linux and the open-source development model that created it.

"Linux is not a product. Rather, Linux is a collection of software components, individually crafted by thousands of independent hands around the world, with each component changing and evolving on its own independent timetable..."

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