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Sep 08, 1999, 14:20 (2 Talkback[s])
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"A new contender, Linux, is entering the ring. Once again, the mainstream press calls Linux a 'Windows-killer.' They say it's popular. They say it's growing. They say it has the backing of important industry figures. To an extent, the press pundits are correct. Most Linux users will agree that it is a stable, secure, and high-performance operating system. Well-known corporations including Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and SGI are backing the platform; practically everyone except for Microsoft is falling head over heels for Linux. In the eyes of many industry watchers, Linux is poised to take at least some market share away from Windows."

"But why do we incessantly plug Linux as the David against Windows' Goliath? Why the term 'Windows-killer?' Why do we visualise the OS marketplace as a gory battlefield, with a call to arms from the Linux camp? Why is the battle so important?"

"Linux is primarily fueled by the work of thousands of developers worldwide who are coding away with no interest in money or conflict. The goal is to create good-quality, useful software and to share it with other users. But without knowing (or caring), they are essentially becoming the arms providers for the the Linux and Open Source side of the operating system wars. For the people who fight these wars, the battle is oh so very important."

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