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ZDNet: In the middle lies sanity - Open Source faces high-profile detractors at both extremes.

May 03, 2000, 19:54 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

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"John Taschek, meet Richard Stallman; two sides of the same coin, attacking the open source movement from opposite sides. Despite the polarity of their otherwise unrelated assaults, their arguments unwittingly combine to prove what a genius Linus Torvalds really is."

"First we have Taschek, of the PC Week Labs that gave us all that fun when they tried to compare Linux security to Windows NT, with controversial results (to say the least). Earlier this week Taschek offered us the perspective that while Linux itself may be successful, open source is a road to nowhere...."

"Stallman (once again) bemoans the co-option of what he calls the free software movement by the nasty open source hoards and their corporate kin. Stallman believes that the open source movement has watered down his ideals to the point of doing them harm. Who cares whether or not free software makes economical sense to developers? It's an ethical imperative, don't you know?"

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