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Red Herring: Viva Las Vegas! Linux goes mainstream

Nov 19, 1999, 16:28 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Harvey)

"Mr. Torvalds didn't reveal anything new about himself or the company he works for. He didn't come armed to the teeth with devices to demonstrate how his company's products will result in a "Web lifestyle." Which may be why, following his remarks, onlookers began fleeing during the Q&A session. The masses sought religion, but instead, Linus gave them chat lite...."

"The assembled lot -- many of whom had waited two-and-a-half hours for the speech -- was fickle. Many of them booed and jeered when Mr. Torvalds first mentioned Microsoft early in his speech. Several people cheered five minutes later when he announced he felt no personal vendetta against Microsoft. He explained that open-source software, by nature, fosters positive competition...."

"Better yet, ask MBNA (NYSE: KRB). The world's largest independent credit card issuer held court at the show. The bank milked Linux hype by cutting an affinity deal with the Linuxfund.org, a group that supports development efforts to "enhance the long-term viability of Linux and open-source software." MBNA's credit card has no annual fee but carries an annual percentage rate of at least 12.9 percent. Big deal."

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