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Linux Journal: Perens Addresses Individualism Vs. the Company Line

Apr 04, 2003, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Spurling)

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"Hackers are infamous for having strong opinions. Slashdot's bandwidth bill alone is a prime indication of this.

"Bruce Perens' talk at SD West, 'Individualism and the Company Line,' addressed the fundamental conflict between hackers' natural desire to express themselves and a company's natural need to protect its image. The talk drew on his two-year stint working for Hewlett-Packard as a senior strategist for Linux and open source.

"Perens and HP parted ways shortly after the Compaq and HP merger. The timing was not a coincidence, according to Perens. 'Compaq's business model was entirely dependent on Microsoft,' he said. Today, HP and Microsoft have a non-aggression pact..."

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