Inside Denver: Better look out, Microsoft: Here comes free software

“Computer wizards who exult in the power and elegance of the
Unix operating system nonetheless agree it’s probably not quite
ready to take off in the consumer market.”

“”You wouldn’t want your mother using one of these machines to
store her recipes,” said one person who was attending a conference
last month in San Jose devoted to Linux, a version of Unix that is
gaining on Microsoft in the market for network software.”

“My son Peter Seebach, now 26, started teaching himself Unix at
age eight, so his notion of when a computer is “mom-ready” may be
somewhat misaligned with reality. But when I told him I was
thinking of replacing my 1992 laptop, he said he’d set one up for
me when I came for a visit. The operating system is NetBSD, one of
the Unix clones. Guaranteed Windows-free.”


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