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oSviews: GNU/Linux Home Desktop Kit PC Project Part 2: Why A Contest?

Jan 14, 2004, 00:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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"What is the best way to unify our platform to define what exactly is 'The Linux Experience' to the general computing population? Many have voiced their offbeat opinion on this subject but few have worked towards organizing widespread effort to achieve this goal. The following osViews editorial contribution is the second piece to a multi-part series which outlines the means that will allow us to establish a consistent Linux platform for the general population."

"Is this half-baked idea of a contest really necessary? In a word, Yes. If you pull back the Who Wants to be a Millionaire Hollywood glitz and glamour veneer of this proposed project, you will see the strategic importance of a contest.

"The GNU/Linux community is a meritocracy. Everyone within the GNU/Linux community respects good performance and excellence. In fact, most of the recognized leaders in the community retain their leadership status based on the fact that they are extremely good at what they do. On that token, contests, by their very nature, are won on merit. To put it simply, it's quantifiable, measurable oneupmanship..."

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