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Summary of CNN Television story

Feb 24, 1999, 22:24 (11 Talkback[s])

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CNN/Fortune had a nice segment on Linux tonight. Here's a summary.

There was a story about casino owners in competition with each other. At the conclusion of that story, they had a journalist giving a preview of the next story, before the commercial break.

The journalist began describing a new competitor to Microsoft. The screen then changed to a production line of Red Hat Linux boxes (the warehouse looked like Software Completions, who does all of Red Hat's packaging and shipping.

Then they showed Linus Torvalds, who was saying something to the effect of, "People don't want to use Microsoft's product, because their products [pause] suck."

Commercial, and then launched an approximately 8 minute long story, focusing sharply on Red Hat Software. Bob Young was interviewed, Linus Torvalds was interviewed, a system administrator for Mindspring was interviewed, and a few other people. There were some nice family shots of Linus and his wife and kids.

The term "Open Source" was used in describing the development model under which the kernel is developed, the software itself was labeled "Free Software", although the word "GNU" was never used. They also talked for a minute about the Medina story.

They described Microsoft's fear of Linux, demonstrated by the infamous Halloween document.

Bob Young was quoted saying that Red Hat makes their money by selling software, and selling support and services. Interestly enough, at the very end of the story, they cited a new company, LinuxCare, as being a new competitor to Red Hat Software.

The only URL flashed across the screen during the entire story was: http://www.linuxcare.com/support.html.

-- Dave Whitinger