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Nerdnet.com: Is the Linux Movement Suffering from Bad Advocacy?

Mar 15, 2000, 04:11 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Is the global Linux movement suffering from fragmentation and bad advocacy? Are we running out of steam? Can we deliver? The consensus I have picked up on lately from a lot of people in the industry is that the pulse of Linux is creeping to a halt, certain to flat-line and be forgotten all in short order."

"Before I get flamed for this, understand the reasons for these perceptions. For those of us who work in the computer industry, specifically IT departments, there has always been a holy war of sorts going on when it concerns specific computing platforms and their associated operating system software. It is certainly easy to advocate something when you work with it everyday and know it intimately. As professionals, we can easily argue the benefits of our way of doing things when compared to something unfamiliar. Chances are also good that you work with several others that share your views in the same environment. The problem that arises from this is easy to understand. The more comfortable one becomes with doing things a certain way, the more likely they are to shun change, growth, or something better at all."

"As I grew more familiar with the Linux way of doing things, I became more confident in the Linux way of doing things, to the point of being downright cocky and arrogant. What I failed to realize at that point in time was that I made a lousy advocate for Linux. Instead of showing people how I could increase stability and reliability, I would chastise them for using things like Novell and Microsoft products. These people were intelligent professionals and naturally defended their own experience."

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