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The Irish Times: The cult of free Linux software is spreading

“It’s a great thing to behold a gathering of 10,000 people
united by one cause. The result is a quasi-religious experience
that must have accompanied the birth of social and political
movements in the past.”

“Perhaps it is sacrilege to compare Linux to the world’s great
ideological beliefs, but to the bearded, sandal-shod programmers
attending the convention, Linux is more important than any
political belief. It’s what they do all day every day.”

“Indeed, there is a stark contrast between the long-haired
leftist types attending LinuxWorld and short-haired chino-wearing
Microsoft clones I witnessed attending the Microsoft TechEd
Developers conference in New Orleans last year.”

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