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SF Gate: Rumble In The (Linux) Jungle: Ximian Isn't Just Monkeying Around

Sep 07, 2001, 16:28 (23 Talkback[s])

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"Today's corporate suitors come in more traditional flavors, with companies like HP, Sun, Compaq and IBM each proudly professing a "Linux strategy." The Linux community surely appreciates the cash infusion from these large corporations. Still, it's a far cry from the free OS's freewheeling, grass-roots beginnings.

Fortunately, there was still some spirit of fun left at this year's LinuxWorld. One look at Ximian's booth on the expo floor would tell you that. Festooned with bamboo, reeds and stuffed monkeys, the booth more resembled a Disneyland ride than an exhibit at a computer conference.

The visual contrast between a Ximian and an IBM or HP was ironic. Besides appearing to have the most lighthearted bunch at LinuxWorld, this small open-source software vendor might actually represent Linux's best hope for the future."

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