Linux.com: The Three Stages of Free Software CluefulnessJul 29, 1999, 07:58 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The August LinuxWorld Expo is just around the corner, so suddenly my mailbox is full of entreaties from convention exhibitors asking me to stop by and take a look at their revolutionary new open source product. Fair enough--I registered to attend as a member of the press, and these conferences are nothing if not organized opportunities for mass hype. I won't complain."
"Besides, the opportunity to parse this mail into categories of free software cluefulness is fun. It's been fascinating to watch over the last year as the established organisms of the software industry--the public relation firms, the big software companies, and, of course, the media--have reacted to the rise of free software/open source. They're all looking for familiar handholds to grab on to, striving to absorb this strange new thing into their established world-view."
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