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Linux Journal: Buy! Buy! Buy!--Into Openness

Apr 03, 2007, 22:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"One of the core problems for open source has always been that as a radical force outside the mainstream it is hard for its supporters to influence conventional players there. In part, this was what made Dell's Ideastorm so important: it gave a voice to those hitherto unable to communicate usefully with the company. The effects have been dramatic, with Dell now promising to sell systems with pre-installed GNU/Linux. The question then must be, how can we build on that success to achieve maximum impact?

"This matters--assuming Dell's announcement turns out to be a serious move to embrace open source. If Dell makes only a token gesture to meet the pent-up demand for such solutions, clearly the free software community needs to make its displeasure felt. Fortunately, in the age of blogs, it is easier to whip up storms of bad publicity for companies that use and abuse its customers in this way--tempests that can easily spill over into the mainstream media with all that this implies for sales and share prices..."

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