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O'Reilly: The End of Imitation

Jun 17, 2004, 23:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"We are facing an interesting future. Not only is the world changing in new and different ways, but the free/open software community is changing. With our array of fresh achievements and capabilities, we are offset by the challenges and threats that face our community. Through all this turmoil, challenge and elation we still have one thing intact though--our community.

"As a system, Linux is beginning to enter what I would consider the innovation honeymoon. In the beginning, when Stallman crusaded for free software, Torvalds wrote his 'little' kernel and free software was seen by many as a cheap offshoot of shareware, the biggest challenge was creating an infrastructure. In the same way you cannot build a home without a house, you could not create a great Operating System without a sufficient Operating System..."

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