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VARLinux.org: Digital Diversity Redux

Aug 24, 2001, 10:14 (41 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)

[ Thanks to Dean Pannell (a.k.a. dinotrac) for this link. ]

"First and foremost, we have a political disease. That disease currently has the name Microsoft. Microsoft has abused our court system and our liberal freedom in this country to essentially kill any competition it sees fit. Without competition, no diversity. Without diversity, you have the opposite effect: Homogeneity

Now, homogeneity breeds some simple things. For one, the perception that things are better for Joe Public. With the homogeneity of today, argue the clueless people in Microsoft's favor, Joe Public has it easy. He doesn't have to worry about software incompatibility. He can select software down at the local Best Buy without having to worry much about whether or not it will work with his system. Better still, they argue, Microsoft bundles software with the operating system, making Joe Public's life that much easier.

But homogeneity, especially when it occurs due to a monopoly, tends to encourage extreme security problems. One little hole, and the effects can be enormous. Look at the damage wrought by ILOVEYOU or SirCam, and you will see the long term effects. Indeed, it's my opinion and others that we're just now seeing the tip of the iceberg."

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