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TechNewsWorld: Pros, Priests and Zealots: The Three Faces of Linux

Oct 22, 2003, 02:30 (27 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Enderle)

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"Generally speaking, our view of a person, initiative or company often comes from select perceptions. If you read Slashdot, for example, even regular participants seem to comment that much of the discussion there is not based on what people have personally perceived but on what they have read about others people's perceptions. Often, even these perceptions are based on second- or third-hand knowledge. My impression is that the vast majority of folks who are critical of my own columns have actually done a very good job avoiding actually reading them.

"But just as many perceptions are colored by the opinions of what appears to be a large number of uninformed individuals, my perceptions--and the perceptions of several of us in the media--are colored in much the same way, and probably by some of the same people. So I thought it might be useful to share how my perception of Linux has been created over the last several months by a minority of those who back Linux. In reading this column, many of you might see similarities to how you formed impressions about Apple, Linux and even Microsoft..."

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