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ZDNet: It's a Matrix Moment for Linux

Jun 05, 2003, 23:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Judge)

"What's going on? Linux hackers suddenly find they are in the Matrix, their brains feeding robotic corporations, and previously successful organizations are in trouble. Could all this be happening simply because there's no money any more?

"Seven or eight years ago, we used to say 'The Internet changes everything.' It was an optimistic, hip idea. Then it got appropriated into the dot-com boom. A bunch of bread-heads made virtual money by capitalizing on the strange combination of greed, optimism and blindness that afflicted everyone else. By and large the clever ones got out in time, turned their virtual money into cash and left the rest of the world to realize it had been conned.

"But that was OK, because, whenever it has happened before, there has always been another bandwagon along to jump on. A couple of booms down the line, things feel different. I begin to think that something really is changing everything, and that is lack of money..."

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