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Newsforge: Linux's Christmas is all in Santa's hands

Dec 01, 2000, 05:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"And while Newsforge wouldn't presume to know exactly what items are on the top 10 most desirable presents list for Linux, we have acquired the services of a keen little North Pole penguin who's been helping the old uber-elf keep an eye on Linux this year. We've received this exclusive report, direct from Santa's workshop, about the status of the upstart OS's behavior."

"Before we divulge the contents of the report, let's get Santa's Open Source status straight. He's strictly a user. Sure, a number of the toymaking elves are rumored to moonlight as game developers, but when it comes to doling out holiday happiness, the big fat guy is in charge. So with his checklist in tow, Santa's looking for features like good GUI and easy hardware installation, quick bootup and a wide range of wallpaper choices -- things that a large percentage of the computer-using population consider important when it comes to operating systems."

"First of all, how does Linux look? Has it been wearing clean, fashionable clothes, or is it still hanging around in wrinkled tee-shirts and jeans with holes in the crotch? Santa's little helper says that several Linux distributions are dressing spiffier than ever this year, especially the little rich kid, Red Hat, and his brother Mandrake. Santa gives a nice big checkmark to these two. (Cousin Corel also had potential, but just when things were starting to look up, it seems this distribution is about to have its inheritance yanked out from under it.)"

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