DaveNet: Linux Don't BlinkJul 07, 1999, 13:36 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Winer)
Eric Kidd writes:
Praise for the Linux community; advice for Microsoft about pricing and respect; information about Microsoft's anti-Linux spiel. (Full disclosure: I work for the author of this article.)
"It's fun to watch the Microsoft machine rumble into position for a battle that ain't gonna happen. They post bug reports about Linux in the Wall Street Journal and PC WEEK. After a bit of hand-wringing and groveling, what does Linus's community do? They fix the damned bugs. I love it! Whistle while you work...
"Last week, talking with Victor Raisys, Microsoft's guy watching Linux, a heated conversation -- they were playing the "There have always been a lot of Unixes" tape for me, and I said emphatically, Linux is not Unix. Linux is Lotus in the early days. Linux is Apple. Linux is a bright hope that millions of young programmers have for an independent and free future. In the past it was independence from IBM that mattered, now it's independence from Microsoft...
"Net-net, force Microsoft to market to us, based on our intelligence, not ignorance. The Linux community has done admirably in this way so far, and I see no signs of it changing. It's incredible to see the earnestness and bright eyes. A long time ago, I remember when Microsoft had that kind of brilliance."