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ZDNet/Yahoo!: Linux: Runs great, sucks less

May 14, 2001, 19:25 (40 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

Dean Pannell (a.k.a. dinotrac) writes:

Not earth shaking, but interesting for a couple of reasons. First, it is up on Yahoo News, a non-geek jump-point. Second, it does a nice job of pointing out one of Linux's most important characteristics: Development velocity.

Potential new users need to understand that you don't look at Linux and, if it doesn't suit you, write it off. It's important to check in again next year. Heck, next month.

...This stuff wasn't around three years ago. Some of it wasn't around one year ago. Linux is happening, and it's happening fast.

Both Apple and Microsoft know that consumers are hungry for a faster rate of change, and both hope to get new consumer OSes off the ground this year. One or both may succeed. Or, they may have mixed results. However, both are late. In fact, when they were first promised, desktop Linux didn't even exist yet.

I guess at this point I simply have more faith in the open Linux development model. That's where the momentum seems to be.

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